The news has been rife lately with stories of opportunistic and lesser-quality treatment facilities putting their own financial interests ahead of patient care and, in some cases, actively threatening patients’ safety and taking advantage of their vulnerability. While these centers in no way accurately represent the average drug addiction treatment experience, they may understandably cause prospective patients and their loved ones to think twice about seeking professional help for chemical dependency. It’s important to realize that not all treatment facilities are created equal and there are a variety of factors that may distinguish one treatment center from the next in terms of quality.
What Should I Look for When Choosing an Addiction Treatment Center?
One of the primary elements that distinguishes one addiction treatment center for the next is the scope of their continuum of care. This means the level of treatment provided to each patient throughout their recovery experience. It’s important to choose a facility that offers medical detox (if applicable); different levels of rehab and behavior modification to fit each patient’s care needs and lifestyle (inpatient, outpatient, PHP, long-term, etc.); and aftercare to help patients avoid the pitfalls of relapse that very often accompany post-treatment recovery. It’s also helpful to seek help from a credentialed facility that is approved by a healthcare authority like the Joint Commission or a similar entity.
Don’t Choose an Addiction Treatment Center Alone
One of the best ways to improve you or your loved one’s chances of choosing the right addiction treatment center is asking for help when researching options. This help should come from those familiar with the prospective patient’s care needs and lifestyle and who can make an informed recommendation regarding the level of care they might need. Addicts can very often experience a change of heart when they initially agree to get help so it’s important to be proactive and efficient when choosing an addiction treatment center. With the help of loved ones and a support system, help and a better tomorrow can be a reality.
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