Top Five Things to Look for When Choosing a Treatment Center
If you are looking for a Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, the task can seem overwhelming, as there are countless facilities offering the best treatment, magnificent facilities, and a sure path to recovery. While there are many very successful treatment centers, there are an equal number that are little more than insurance scams. So how to separate the wheat from the chaff? There are some basic clues as to the quality of care and the effectiveness of the programs – you just have to know what you are looking for. If you are not able to visit a facility in person, visit the website; a quality center will provide the information.
Staff Communication and Qualifications
When you contact a Treatment Center, does the staff treat you with respect and as intelligent adult? A good treatment center staff will be direct and define all their terms, and they will not be vague or incomplete in what they tell you. Ask them the questions that are important to you, and expect answers to your questions. If you are not satisfied with what you hear, move on.
As regards the qualifications of the staff, their diplomas, licensing, and certifications should be posted on their office walls in plain view. The facility itself should also have its accreditations and licensing posted in plain view. If you are visiting the facility’s website, look for a link to the staff and read the bios. Every staff member should have his or her credentials posted. It is important, if they have initials after their name, that you understand what those initials stand for – if you do not, check them out online. You want professionals in the field who have been trained by recognized organizations.
How Success is Measured
The success of a treatment facility is not in how many complete the program, it is in its relapse rate. You will not find ANY facility that can honestly claim 100% (or even 60%) success. If you do, something is wrong. Recovery is very difficult. Look for facilities that are forthright with their relapse numbers, and who have developed strong relapse prevention programs to help those who have finished the initial program.
Patient accommodations should at least be clean and comfortable. Many tout themselves as luxury facilities, catering to a clientele that enjoys the finer things in life. While there is no connection between luxury and success, there is one between luxury and costs. Inspect the grounds, the public bathrooms, the living quarters, and eat in the dining room. This will tell you what you need to know. A treatment facility, while being clean and comfortable, must still meet your budget or the parameters of your insurance policy (if applicable).
Costs of the Program
The cost of a treatment program will depend on if it is a private or state-funded facility. State funded programs may cost less. In private facilities, the number of available medical staff, staff-to-patient ratio, and the amenities offered all have a direct impact on costs. If you have insurance it may be able to offset all or some of the costs at certain treatment centers. The general rule of thumb with cost is that most high quality and successful drug and alcohol treatment centers are private pay and do not always take insurance.
This is perhaps the single most important aspect of a treatment facility. In order for recovery to be successful, a post-discharge program must be in place, and it must be one to which the patient can adhere. A good facility will work directly with their clients and their families to ensure that strong outpatient services with proven success rates are available and ready to greet those who have finished their inpatient treatment