It turns out it is true that you get what you pay for after all!

I learned the hard way that the old saying you get what you pay for is true . . . at least when it comes to drug rehab centers. As someone who knows the perils of addiction first-hand, I can tell you that the only way to swing the odds of lasting recovery in your favor, is to stay positive, stay strong and most importantly, and most importantly choose a quality rehab program. I found out through experience that even if a rehab has the best of intentions, not every treatment center is equipped properly or has the right staff to handle every type of addiction problem. Between the facilities who lacks the funds to provide quality treatment for their patients or the ones that really just don't care about their patients, you can easily waste your money and wind up having to start over and go try another rehab in the future again.

After a yearlong battle with crystal meth, my family demanded I get treatment or else basically find a whole new life. Rather than spend time researching and trying to find the best drug rehab centers, I choose whoever was the cheapest and closest drug rehab center. My withdrawal was an absolute nightmare and I couldn't take the symptoms beyond the first few days -believe me I tried. When I checked myself out, my family tried to get me to go back, but I didn't want to hear it. I had tried, I had failed and that was that. I didn't want to hear anything else about rehab. As far as I was concerned, the cure was worse than the disease.

With the exception of my brother, my entire family had cut me off. I had two weeks to get my things out of my parents' house and find somewhere else to live. Right as I was getting ready to leave, my brother begged me to reconsider treatment, he said he'd spent the week researching other rehab options and found one that specialized in chronic meth addiction. At first, I just blew him off, but when I saw his face and the tears welling up in his eyes, I knew I owed it to him to give rehab one more try. My parents agreed to pay for me to enter the program, and I entered a few days later.

Within one week, I was a believer. I went in with a huge chip on my shoulder, but my doctors and nurses did everything they could to remove it. My detox process was made easier with medication, something the doctors at the last center didn't even bother to tell me was available, and my therapists spent a lot of time with me, making sure I was getting all I could out of the program and achieving the self-awareness that was critical to my continued recovery. They even put together a plan for me after I left rehab to make sure that I stayed sober, which I've managed to do for three years.

It's amazing what a difference the right program could make. Although my success in recovery was ultimately up to me, it really helped to have the support of warm and capable people. I honestly don't know how I would have fared anywhere else. They not only helped get back to a place of positive physical and mental health, but they've also helped to me strengthen my strained relationship with my parents and the rest of family.

Contact the National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center (NASAIC) anytime toll-free at (800) 784-6776 or through our online form, and we will recommend the leading drug and alcohol rehab centers for you or your loved one.