Five Things To Look For in an Addiction Rehab Facility

The search for a quality addiction treatment program or facility can be overwhelming and often difficult to find. It can be confusing to navigate all the options an addiction treatment center can offer.

Doing your homework is important in setting the course for your child’s sobriety and wellbeing. Please consider these 5 tips when choosing a center for your loved one.


Five Things To Look For in an Addiction Rehab Facility

Program Accreditation

Many addiction treatment facilities undergo a process of accreditation in addition to meeting state licensure requirements. Accredited facilities have undergone rigorous evaluation by a respected third-party organization. Official approval from the Joint Commission Accreditation for Addiction Treatment (JCAHO), or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF), is generally a good sign that the treatment facility is operating according to high standards.


Tailored Treatment Plans

Research indicates that effective addiction treatment is individualized per the needs of the patient. If the facility takes a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, you may want to look at other options.

A customized treatment program will offer a combination of services to match the patient’s unique needs. For example, a patient with co-occurring disorders (i.e., a substance use disorder and other mental health issues) may require a very specific therapeutic approach that may not be right for another patient.


A Nice Location

Research indicates that certain social and environmental triggers may increase the likelihood of relapse. During the early recovery phase, it can be beneficial to eliminate as many potential triggers as possible so that the individual may focus on recovery without unneeded strain and distractions. A beautiful, calm, and inspiring environment can help minimize environmental stressors and offer a reconnection to the beauty of nature and the possibilities of a life without drugs.


Training On Life Skills

The goal of addiction treatment is for the recovering individual to live a full life after the treatment program concludes. In order to successfully reintegrate with the outside world and stay sober, you’ll need to develop life skills to cope with the inevitable daily stressors and precarious social situations that might come up.

Many treatment centers offer general life skills ranging from finance management to job hunting in order to equip patients with the knowledge and tools they need to live independently post treatment.


Family Therapy

It is widely recognized that addiction is a family disease, meaning that addiction takes a toll on all members of the family unit. Relationships with family members can also contribute to the addicted person’s patterns of behavior and continued substance use. For these reasons, many rehab facilities integrate the individual’s close family into the treatment process.

Quality treatment programs may provide therapy and education that focuses on the healing of the whole family unit and offers all members a chance to better understand substance use disorders


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