Making The Right Choice

Finding a Good Treatment Center:

If you are searching for a good treatment center, you may have noticed that there are many out there to choose from. They range in types of services, environments, locations and, of course, costs. You may have received recommendations from friends, seen ads, or even driven by one. But how do you know which one is the right fit for your loved one? Here are some key indicators to keep in mind as you search through the numerous options.

First and foremost, narrow down your selections to treatment centers that are fully and currently accredited from an independent accrediting agency. In order for a treatment center to be accredited, the facility had to have underwent several lengthy evaluations where their programs were objectively looked at and compared to the high standards established by joint commissions on addiction treatment. This is no small feat and once you know a facility has earned, and kept current, the seal of accreditation, you can be confident that their health professionals have had extensive training, certifications and licenses specifically in the treatment of addiction.

Next, you want to make sure that when your loved one enters the program, a complete assessment will be executed. This assessment is super important because it ultimately leads to a tailored treatment plan for the individual. Without a comprehensive assessment, the treatment plan will be weak in specifically addressing your loved one’s unique needs and issues. The assessment should not only cover the details of his/ her addiction but also address general medical and mental health issues and questions about lifestyle and routines. For example, details about their job, housing, transportation, family, friends, legal problems, etc., are all factors that contribute to a person’s life and can influence the process of recovery after the program. Remember, the more in depth the assessment is, the more targeted a treatment plan can be.

Based on the results of a complete assessment, the therapist or doctor should be willing to work hand in hand with your loved one to develop a plan for treatment. The idea is that by working together, the person is involved in his/ her own process as well. The focus should not just be about stopping their drinking or substance abuse, but also include life goals beyond their addiction. Reputable treatment providers would recognize that each person is different, and they should be willing to offer a plan that aligns appropriately and not rely on one approach for everyone.

In addition, treatment centers that are the most successful are those that include behavioral treatments and the possibility of medications as part of their program. Education and skill building sessions allow the clients to learn about their addiction, what their triggers are and how to avoid situations that could lead to a future relapse. These may be done in a group or more private settings, but you also want to check to see if family counseling sessions are available; these are vital to providing a strong support system for the addict/ alcoholic. Medications are also available now that aid in curbing cravings or address other issues that trigger a person to want to indulge. While these may not work for everyone, there are many that are approved by the FDA and can be of assistance for your loved one if they are a candidate.

And lastly, you will want to determine if the treatment center will help their patients to develop and find ongoing support after their program ends. Often referred to as discharge or aftercare plans, the treatment center should be invested in the long-term success of their patients and recommended services and activities to support recovery post-program.

If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulty with drugs or alcohol, please get help. Don’t wait. Call today.