The drug epidemic in the U.S. has grown to life-threatening proportions. Because of the large population addicted to drugs and alcohol, the need for a substance abuse treatment center has increased. In fact, by 2017 there were 4,931 private for-profit substance abuse facilities. Only 47% of these treatment centers had certification by the State Department of Health.
So when you or a loved one reaches rock bottom and wants to get clean where do you go? Going to an addiction treatment center is the first step to the road of recovery. But it takes many factors for an addict to achieve sobriety. One of the most important factors is the addiction treatment program.
What is an Addiction Treatment Center
An addiction treatment center provides treatment for drug abuse and addiction in a variety of settings. Drug treatment happens in a hospital, mental health clinic, physician's office, or a private facility. Different components like addiction needs and the treatment program impact treatment length. But choosing the right substance abuse treatment center shouldn't cause anxiety.
Qualities of a Good Treatment Center
When searching for a good treatment center, there are specific questions to ask and certain criteria to be met. Since you'll be spending a lot of time at the rehab treatment center, make sure it's a good fit.
If you're unable to complete the search, then ask a trusted family member or friend to help. Familiarity with the treatment facility before arriving is best. You don't want surprises once your treatment begins.
This is why asking questions about cost, programs offered, their success rate, qualified staff, and length of stay are crucial.
How Much Does It Cost?
The lack of money inhibits us from doing many things, but seeking drug treatment shouldn't be one of them. If the cost of drug rehabilitation is not a concern for you, then you are fortunate. This is not the case for most people. But having medical insurance doesn't guarantee treatment coverage. In some cases, medical insurance requires a person to attend outpatient treatment first. If the person's treatment is unsuccessful, then inpatient treatment is covered.
Another requirement of medical insurance is referral by a primary care provider. To receive services, a person must prove the medical necessity for treatment. But review your insurance plan since most pay for a set amount of therapy and counseling sessions or amount of money per year, or you may have to attend treatment at specific facilities. Plus each state has different guidelines for substance abuse treatment, so speak with your insurance representative when researching.
Are Their Resources Compatible To My Needs?
Now that you have narrowed down your options for addiction treatment centers take a closer look at the services offered. Not all rehab treatment centers are equal. If your affliction includes substance abuse and mental health illness, a facility capable of handling a dual diagnosis is necessary.
Other things to consider when searching for a treatment center are:
- Is it a co-ed facility?
- Is individual and group counseling offered?
- Is medication used?
- Can you have family therapy sessions?
Some people feel at ease when surrounded by the same sex. If this describes you, then a co-ed facility isn't the best option. If sharing personal information with strangers is concerning, consider individual counseling sessions. However, you may open up to the idea of group counseling after completing your individual counseling. Group counseling offers the support of peers who understand the struggles of an addict's life.
Depending on the addiction, the use of medication during detox could happen. But if you're concerned about using medication during treatment, speak with a representative to discuss available options.
When an addiction takes over your life, it creates chaos for everyone around, especially your family and close friends. If your relationships suffered while abusing alcohol and/or drugs, then ask for family therapy. Assessing the resources before admission increases comfort and awareness.
Do They Have a Higher Than Average Success Rate?
Stopping the use of a dangerous substance can take many attempts. But if a drug treatment center's success rate is higher than a competitor's, this is a good sign. A person's desire to get sober and remain this way factors into whether a program will work. Yet some programs are more successful than others.
Be sure to read reviews and testimonials of your potential drug treatment center. Although everyone's experience will differ, if specific complaints get mentioned several times, this is a red flag.
Is The Staff Qualified?
Another question to ask is, "what type of training and education did the staff receive?" The educational requirements for each staff member will vary. However, a counselor without a certification or license should deter you from receiving services.
Treatment centers can employ a large or small group. But regardless of the center's size, knowing your therapist or nurse is qualified shows the facility is reputable.
Although, laws differ for each state, check to see if your state requires a license from the Department of Healthcare Services. If a license is mandatory, then ask if the facility's license is current.
How Long Does Treatment Last?
You've done most of the important research into treatment centers, but one question may be plaguing you. How long will my treatment last? Well, to answer this question, let's review the different types of treatment programs. Substance abuse treatment includes:
- Outpatient Treatment
- Long Term Inpatient/Residential Treatment
- Short Term Inpatient/Residential Treatment
- Individual Drug Counseling
- Group Counseling
Outpatient treatment varies in length and intensity of treatment. Many outpatient programs use group counseling as the main component.
Long Term Inpatient Treatment offers 24-hour care and utilizes the therapeutic community model. The treatment is structured and lasts 6 – 12 months.
Short Term Inpatient Treatment provides an intense, but shorter 3 to 6-week program. It is a modified version of the 12-step approach.
Individual Drug Counseling focuses on the client ceasing the use of drugs or alcohol. During this form of treatment-related issues like family relationships, professional life, and risky behaviors get discussed.
Group Counseling offers the support of your peers and gaining insight through the sharing of information. This type of counseling is usually provided during short and long term inpatient treatment.
Take the First Step
Now you know the information necessary to find an addiction treatment center. If you or a loved one wants help, it's time to make you move towards a sober, happier life.
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