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How to Choose the Right Rehab for a Loved One

When a loved one is struggling with addiction, finding the right treatment center can make all the difference. It's a journey filled with uncertainty, fear, and often desperation. How do you know what the right program is? Understanding what separates an excellent in-patient addiction program from the rest is essential. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this crucial decision-making process.


Understanding What Makes a Good Treatment Center


There are a lot of substance abuse treatment centers in this country. A lot. Not all of them are good. Knowing what makes a quality treatment center and what to look for in your research could mean a successful treatment stay and a catastrophe. A center that offers evidence-based treatment programs tailored to individual needs is prerequisite. If they are not utilizing therapies and approaches that have been scientifically proven to be effective in treating addiction, consider going in a different direction. Additionally, a good treatment center will have a comprehensive approach that addresses not only the addiction itself but also any underlying mental health issues or co-occurring disorders. Find a facility that checks these boxes is a great place to start.

Do Your Research


Finding the right program for your loved one means doing the work. You’ll want to research multiple treatment centers to find which one best matches the needs of the individual. While Google is your friend, lots of treatment centers spend big dollars to advertise their services and this can manipulate the search results away from what you’re looking for. Trust reliable, reputable sources like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). These organizations provide valuable insights into addiction treatment and can help you understand what to look for in a facility.

Make use of local resources as well. Reach out to healthcare professionals, such as therapists, counselors, or primary care physicians, for recommendations. They can provide insights based on their knowledge and experience working with addiction treatment centers and may be able to point you in the right direction.


Pay Attention to Qualifications


When evaluating whether a treatment center is a good fit, pay close attention to their qualifications and accreditations. Facilities that are licensed by the state and accredited by reputable organizations such as the Joint Commission or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) will have the accreditation seal on their website. If you are unsure, ask them. These accreditations indicate that the facility meets high standards of care and adheres to best practices in addiction treatment.

It's also imperative to find out about the qualifications of the staff members. Make sure that the addiction treatment center employs licensed therapists, counselors, and medical professionals with experience in addiction treatment. Ask about their credentials, training, and approach to care. This ensures they are equipped to provide the level of support your loved one needs and deserves.


Ask Questions


When speaking with treatment centers, don't be afraid to ask questions. Lots of questions. It will allow you to see how well the staff knows their own programs and you can get a sense of their treatment style while you talk to them. 

Some basic questions to consider include:

  • What types of treatment programs do you offer, and are they tailored to individual needs?
  • What evidence-based therapies and approaches do you utilize in your treatment?
  • How do you address co-occurring mental health issues or dual diagnoses?
  • What is the staff-to-patient ratio, and how much individual attention can my loved one expect?
  • What aftercare and support services do you provide to help with long-term recovery?
  • Do you accept insurance? If so, which providers are you in-network with?


Finding the Right Fit


Ultimately, the right addiction treatment program is about finding a fit that aligns with your loved one's needs, preferences, and goals. Consider the location, amenities, and treatment approach when making your decision. Work with your loved one so they are involved in the decision-making process as their willingness to participate in treatment is essential to their overall success. 

If you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or just have questions about finding the right fit, give us a call. Our experienced admissions team can walk through your best practices, provide resources, and help you along your treatment journey. Call us today.