Choosing an Addiction Treatment Center: 5 Questions to Ask

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If you have made the decision to find a drug and alcohol treatment center you have taken an important step for a better life. Admitting that you have lost control of your life due to addiction can be tough, but deciding to seek help can put you on the road to recovery and serenity. While making the decision to enter rehab can be the best choice you have made, finding the best drug rehab facility can be difficult. Before you choose a rehab facility, there are five important questions that must be answered before you decide on a treatment center.

So you the question becomes, how do you find a good rehab? The following questions are those you should ask any treatment facility you are considering using for treatment of addiction to drugs and alcohol.

1. What type of accreditation and licenses the facility has? 

If you are entrusting your care to a drug rehab facility or an alcohol rehab, you need to know if they are licensed and reputable. Great drug and alcohol rehab facilities are accredited by national programs such as the Joint Commission and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The facility should also have the appropriate state licenses and accreditation and these licenses should be current. An easy way to find out if a facility is accredited is to use the Joint Commission’s quality check.

 2. What licenses and credentials does the treatment staff hold? 

This is another obvious and important question to ask because you need to know if the people that are in charge of your care and recovery are not only licensed but have relevant and proven experience. The best drug rehabs will list the credentials that rehab staff and these credentials should include LADC (licensed alcohol and drug counselor), CAC (certified addictions counselor), CAP (certified addiction professional) and CCDP (certified co-occurring disorders counselor). Along with these credentials, facilities may be license by both state and federal agencies. Most of these agencies provide insight to the quality of care and overall ability to perform services along the guidelines recommended by the agency.

3. How effective are their treatment methods? 

You want to be sure that the treatment methods and options a rehab center offers are effective and proven. You certainly don’t want to re-enter treatment multiple times because of inefficient counseling and treatment methods that are not geared to an individual’s needs. Great treatment centers will have data on hand that verifies the effectiveness of their treatment methods in the long term. The data they collect is also verified by a reputable research firm that is independent of the treatment facility.

Word of mouth reputation, and online reviews and testimonials also help you know that the treatment center you are going to actually works and does its best to ensure that you learn how to maintain long term sobriety. Make sure to read testimonials from past clients. A great rehab will have these available on their website for you to read and will help establish their expertise in addiction treatment.

 4. Do they work with insurance companies?

With the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), addiction treatment is now a requirement in many insurance plans. However, you need to have assurances that your insurance will cover the cost for inpatient treatment and will be at a cost that you can afford. Great rehab centers will be insurance friendly in the fact they will accept most forms of insurance and will work with the insurance companies to find payment options that work best with your budget. When looking for an addiction treatment center make sure to ask the right questions about how they work with your insurance, so there are no surprises down the road once you are admitted. A great rehab facility will provide you with a detailed billing schedule and work with your insurance to save you as much as possible, because they know helping you get off drugs is the most important thing.

5. Does the treatment center offer individualized treatment plans?

Addiction is a complex disease which has social, biological and environmental roots. Your addiction history will be vastly different from others that enter treatment and you will obviously need to have a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. Many of the best drug and alcohol treatment facilities will tell you they will tailor an individualized treatment plan based on your specific history, issues and needs. Additionally, these treatment methods are abstinence-based and focus on a twelve-step approach. The twelve-step approach is one of the most widely used methods when treating drug and alcohol addiction.

A great rehab will tailor your treatment plan to your needs, and will most likely use a multidisciplinary treatment plan tailored to your needs. Many treatment centers now offer a variety of treatment methods including: Relapse Prevention, EMDR/trauma therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Psychotherapy, Group Therapy (which is the most common type of therapy at addiction treatment centers), Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, Acupuncture, Art Therapy, Pharmacotherapy, Psychodrama, Yoga and more. When looking at an addiction treatment facility make sure to take note of what types of treatment is offered and if the facility offers individualized treatment plans that fit your needs.

If you are ready to take action, call the Palm Beach Institute today at 1-855-534-3574 or contact us online. As one of the first treatment centers in South Florida, we are experts in addiction treatment. Stop fighting and find recovery now.



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The Palm Beach Institute employs a diverse staff of writers that share a common passion for helping those who are struggling with substance abuse find the care they need. With years of experience in the substance abuse treatment industry and decades of experience in writing and research, our team of writers constantly strive to present accurate and helpful information that is easily digestible and encourages people to seek help.

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  • Getting help with your addictions is very vital to your health mentally and physically. It makes sense that you would want to research your program’s treatment methods to make sure the y are effective. I like that you pointed out that good centers will have data to back up their claims. Without that data, there is very little holding their claims together.

  • It’s good to know that we have created a sophisticated treatment system which includes not just the patient but also the family which makes it even better as rehabilitation doesn’t just end on just the patient. I agree that rehabilitation facility should be able to provide an individualized treatment plan since there is not really a blanket treatment for such case. It would also be good to get recommendations for facilities from people who have/had relatives that underwent the treatment if you are unsure where to go.

  • I do like that one of the questions that your article asks is about whether or not the rehab facility works with insurance companies. After all, a lot of people who might need treatment do not seek it out because of the cost involved. However, if you can find a rehab facility that works with your insurance company then it can help offset the costs by a lot.

  • Thanks for suggesting that we check out the data behind a rehab facility to make sure that they have evidence that their treatments work. My sister has been suffering from an addiction for a few years and she has finally agreed to take some treatment. Since I want to make sure she gets better, I’ll be sure to look for a rehab facility that has shown it can provide results.

  • You make a great point when you say that you would want to consider if a rehab counselor works with your insurance. It would probably really help you pay for the procedure if it is covered, at least in part, by your insurance. My sister is looking for an addiction counselor for her son, so she’ll have to consider if they are insured.

  • Thanks for going over some questions that you should as a rehab. I had no idea that you could ask about their treatment methods and that they will have data that verifies how effective those methods are. It also seems like a good chance to learn more about these methods, how they work, and the certain situations where they are used.

  • I like that you pointed out that you need a rehab treatment plan that’s tailored to your specific needs, so you must choose a rehab center that offers individualized treatment plans. One of my nephews is looking to enter an alcohol rehab center because he wants to get help. He has been an alcohol addict for years now, so he wants to make sure that he will get the best type of alcohol rehab program that can help him in the most effective way. Thanks!

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