Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr There is a very thin line between love and addiction. Love can be edifying and fulfill while addiction drains you and leaves you empty yet wanting more of whatever you are addicted to. Most addicts don’t even realize when their addiction gets out of hand. Thanks to the daily struggles of life, substance abuse begins slowly, mostly as a pastime; a way to relieve stress. Before you know it, you can’t live without the substance in question. It can be pills, alcohol or even cough syrup. When it gets out of control, you may be afraid to share with those around you because you are afraid of judgment. That’s one area where society has failed. However, at one point or another, you need to make the decision to do better and be better. You can do so by going to a rehabilitation center. Choosing one can be tricky. Here are features to look out for. Needs and cost In case you never knew, no one visits a rehabilitation center once and they are free from what they were addicted to. A good facility should offer these services for a while at a reasonable price. The cost shouldn’t scare clients away. They should take the time to understand what you are suffering from, then they can decide whether they can meet your needs. Staff and services A good recovery center should have qualified employees. What would be the benefit of visiting a center that is understaffed or has underqualified staff? Always ensure they have professionals who can handle all your problems. Their staff should be flexible to handle all types of problems. They shouldn’t judge or condemn you. Time A good facility should be able to operate for 24 hours. This is because of the nature of the patients they handle. Some centers do both inpatient and outpatient. So if you are an outpatient client, what will happen when you need their services in the middle of the night? They should have a system that allows you to receive their services any time of the day. Outpatient A good recovery center should be able to provide outpatient services. Understand the nature of the institution before engaging with it. Some offer comprehensive services. This means that they can attend to your loved one from the comfort of your home. Some people may prefer staying at the institutions while others want the same service at their residence. Amenities and activities Any institution should have a way of making their place a home for everyone. A halfway house should have common activities that are done together at the same time. This will enhance the growth of an individual. No one is supposed to be isolated because of their past. They should be given a chance to interact so as to heal. They should have activities that teach people how to interact with the outside world while staying sober. After all, you can’t stay in rehab forever.