What to Look for in a Drug Rehab Center

Written by Chloe Nicosia

How to know what to look for in a drug rehab center before choosing a facility

When it comes to helping yourself or a loved one successfully beat addiction, you will want to know what to look for in a drug rehab center. Every rehabilitation facility is unique in its own right, and only by comparing facilities will you be able to find the one that fits your specific needs. Learning the various treatment approaches, experiences, licensures and more are critical pieces of information when it comes to choosing the right addiction rehab center.

To begin, make a list of questions (see below for help), and print several copies of this list. At the top of each copy, print the name of the rehab center and its contact info. This will make it easier to compare answers at a later time. With the difference between a successful and unsuccessful recovery at stake, let’s take a closer look at some of the most important questions to ask a drug rehab center:

1. What types are treatment are offered at the facility? One of the first choices you will make when choosing the right addiction rehab is the type of program you or a loved one will take part in. These can range from Inpatient and residential, to outpatient, intensive outpatient and more. For those with addiction, typically detox and an inpatient program ranging from 30 to 90 days may be recommended. For someone abusing drugs, but still able to work or attend school, an outpatient program may be the best option. The facility you decide to attend will better help you determine which program will offer the most help to you.

2. Are patient re-assessed during treatment? While a patient is assessed at the beginning of his or her treatment, you should also ask if the patient will be re-assessed midway or at a later time. This is a good indicator if progress is taking place and can help guide the remainder of treatment.

3. Are the programs open to adults, teens and/or adolescents? With each facility being distinctive in its treatment, you will want to match the facility to the age and possibly gender of the person going into treatment. Adolescent vs. adult programs will differ, and some people prefer to be in a gender-specific program in order to not be distracted.

4. Does the facility assess and treat co-occurring disorders? It isn’t uncommon for drug addiction to go hand-in-hand with a co-occurring mental disorder or health problem such as depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety and more. Make sure the facility and its staff is able to address and manage these co-occurring disorders during treatment.

5. Is the facility licensed and/or accredited? Keep in mind when choosing the right drug rehab that not all facilities are accredited, etc. Addiction facilities that pursue accreditation are typically accredited through The Joint Commissions or CARF. Accreditation from these agencies means the facility has proved to provide superior service and treatment to those attending the addiction program.

6. Are physicians and medical support staff on site at all times? This is an important question to ask a drug rehab center, especially when someone is undergoing detox. Ask what type of medical care is provided, when is the medical staff’s availability, their experience, etc.

7. Do treatment programs involve alternative therapies? Some detox and drug rehab centers implement alternative therapies into their treatment programs such as art therapy, nature therapy, nutrition, exercise, massage, yoga, acupuncture, cooking, animal therapy and more.

8. What are the costs associated with treatment? Every facility has its own cost and partnership with different insurance companies. Be sure to ask about all costs involved and if your insurance is accepted. Also, are there payment plan, financial aid plans or sliding scale fees available?

9. Will the person receiving treatment be allowed to contact family and friends? Some drug rehab centers allow those in treatment to have visitors and reach out to family and friends, while others ask that family or friend involvement be limited perhaps at the beginning of the program. Choose which option works best for your situation and comfort level.

10. Is family counseling part of the treatment program? Some programs include family counseling in addition to one-on-one and group counseling into its treatment repertoire.

There are so many things to look for in a drug rehab center, but the above is a great place to start. To learn more questions to ask when choosing the right addiction rehab, read our guides at www.BetterAddictioncare.com or simply call us at 1-800-429-7690 today. Our staff can help you in choosing the right addiction rehab for your long term sobriety success.