If you are looking for inpatient drug or alcohol rehabilitation, there are certain questions that might be in your best interest to ask before you go.
In this post we have outlined some of the key questions that may help you in making a decision to pick the best rehab if you have hit your bottom and are ready to go.
An inpatient alcohol or drug rehab offers the highest level of care. Person is actually living at the facility in experiencing intensive, round-the-clock treatment monitoring and at least 40 hours of therapy, groups and activities per week.
The best drug and alcohol treatment centers offer complete control of the person’s environment, the most formal structure, and the widest variety of psychological therapy. The length of stay will vary depending on the assessments of the clinical professionals at the treatment center and the severity of the addiction. Please read our post on using the addiction treatment locator.
12 Questions You Really Should Ask When Choosing An Inpatient Rehabilitation Center (They Boil Down My List).
The following is a list of critical questions which you should ask when considering a rehabilitation facility:
- Is the center accredited by JCAHO or CARF? To avoid fly-by-night treatment centers look for these accreditations. The Joint Commission on Accredited Health Organizations (for more information about this organization you may reference this page – http://www.jcaho.org/about+us/jcaho_facts.htm and/or CARF, the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (for more information about this organization you may reference this page – http://www.carf.org/ – these two organizations are two of the nation’s leading accreditors for health facilities, and will ensure that the center meets national guidelines and standards for providing health services.
- Does your health insurance cover any of their services/program?.
- What is the drug treatment rehab’s philosophy/approach towards addiction – is it religious, 12 Step, psychological, both physical and psychological, or trauma-based? Do you think this approach will suit your personality/beliefs, or is one that you can re-structure your life based on? .
- Do they offer strongly outlined, detailed, and positive approaches towards treatment – i.e. they may stress responsibility, treatment should be fun not punishment, spirituality, positive motivation, how to achieve happiness, this is a disease/not a disease but a choice, among others.
- How do they guide the person during the withdrawal process? ? Is medical treatment for withdrawal provided, i.e., a heroin or opiate medical detoxification process, or should this be done elsewhere prior to entering the facility? Fear of the onset of dope sickness keeps many people out of treatment and using.
- To what extent is the family involved treatment? Is there a family program, or at least accessibility to the primary therapist?
- How long have they been in business?Avoid brand new or start up rehabs.
- How long will the treatment take? What is their average length of stay for this particular addiction?
- Are there continuing services and therapies for the patient to follow up with once he is discharged? Are there resources for drug relapse prevention education?
- Ask for a copy of the daily schedule. What will the schedule of each day be like – how many hours will a person spend with an individual therapist, a group therapy session, in exercise sessions, activities, etc?
- How much will treatment cost? They cannot give an exact figure – but get a ballpark answer. You Have a right to know.
5 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Addiction Recovery Treatment Center
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Selecting a drug or alcohol rehabilitation center is one of the biggest decisions in life. We urge you to be an educated consumer – ask some questions. People are trained to not ask questions about healthcare – this doesn’t make sense to me.
Make sure you get specific answers to your questions, don’t fall for marketing hype. There are many great treatment centers out there but there are a few bad apples. Asking some basic questions and carefully thinking about the answers given can guide you to making a good decision.
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Some Really Good Free Resources
- Drugs, Brains and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (Drugabuse.gov) – In my opinion this is the best short read on addiction. I have used the content for many therapy groups and lectures…check it out.
- Substance Use In Women Women and men may face unique issues when it comes to substance use, as a result of both sex and gender.