There are times during one’s life that a decision made based on a quick search on Google, Yahoo, Bing or any on-line search services results in a very bad choice. Looking for a rehab center could easily pass for one of those decisions if it is solely made by the ranking of a facility on a search page. Finding a rehab facility is an important decision that can, not only cost a lot of money but the return on that money is not certain either. So, it is obvious that there should be certain additional criteria considered when choosing an addiction rehab facility besides how they show on a search page on-line.
In this article let’s discuss a few points that will help increase the chance of finding a reputable rehab center when you or your loved one need one.
1- Length of time in business
This is important. You want to make sure that the facility has been around long enough that there is experience behind the staff’s expertise in providing effective treatment.
2- Length of time in the same physical location
There are businesses, yes a rehab facility has to abide by the rules of business as well, that will cover their inadequacies and problems by changing their names and locations.
3- Certifications and licenses
There are organizations that provide regulations or accreditation that reputable rehab centers follow. One such organization is Joint Commission. Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization, accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Therefore certification by the Joint Commission is an important test of a reliable rehab center. Another organization that the membership of a rehab facility will help provide credibility for the facility is SAMHSA. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
Accreditation by Department of Children and Families, DCF, is another requirement for facilities considered to be licensed, regulated and reputable. DCF is a government agency that is tasked with providing regulation and licensing for provider facilities with substance abuse and mental health designation.
4- Treatment Provided
Mostly ignored by the people looking for a treatment facility is specific questions about the type of the treatment a facility provides. It is important to know what the facility is licensed for actually. Is it licensed for inpatient or outpatient treatment. Equally important, what if the addicted person requires detox. Are they licensed for detox or they simply send patients to another facility for detox and then transport them back to their own. Obviously, a facility licensed for detox and inpatient is preferred, since all treatment are provided on premises.
5- Relapse Prevention
This one deals with the reality of the disease of addiction. It is well known that a percentage of those getting treatment do relapse. The question to be asked from a prospective facility is that if the facility has any program dealing with relapse.
6- Aftercare Program
The last and certainly not the least is the aftercare program offered by the facility. In short, aftercare program provides a high chance of maintaining sobriety by reducing relapse due to everyday life events that an individual faces after successful discharge from the treatment. A good aftercare program is the one that addresses support structure in addition to plans addressing employment, housing, and education needs of the individual.