How to Choose a Treatment Provider
Choosing to get help for a substance use disorder (SUD) can be a life-changing experience. Someone’s decision to get treatment for their addiction is an act of courage. Treatment can have powerful effects on someone’s recovery when they pick the right rehab. The small complexities that can sometimes accompany picking the appropriate rehab center should not deter anyone from receiving the help they need.
At American Addiction Centers, we understand choosing a treatment center is a new experience for most people. While the process will be different for everyone, there are some key items you should consider when selecting a treatment center. In this article, we have listed them out for you and explained them so that, when you’re finished, you can feel confident in the treatment provider you select.
Therapy and Programming
There is no single definition of “treatment” in the context of substance use disorders, nor is there any “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating people suffering from addiction. While different treatment programs may have their therapeutic differences, a majority of treatment centers operate on a continuum of care services that typically include:
- Detoxification and withdrawal management,
- Inpatient residential treatment.
- Outpatient treatment.
Although most rehabs offer these universal levels of care, certain rehabs specialize in treating very specific populations. For example, American Addiction centers offers co-occurring disorder treatment for people that struggle with addiction and other mental health conditions such as depression or bipolar disorder.
To understand the full breadth of your clinical needs, it may be best to reach out to a licensed physician or other provider so they may make an educated recommendation for your treatment. For example, if you are physiologically dependent on a drug, it may be best to find a reputable detoxification center near you to avoid dangerous or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.
Specialized Treatment Programs
Concentrating on treating someone’s substance use disorder isn’t always enough to help them achieve full remission from drug abuse and maintain their sobriety. Many people require highly individualized care to address the co-occurring factors that may have contributed to their substance use disorder
Many treatment programs offer co-occurring disorder treatment to those with substance use disorder and other mental health conditions. About half of people who meet the criteria for a mental illness will also develop a substance use disorder, and vice versa. Undoubtedly, these two conditions prove deeply synergistic for many individuals, so it’s often a good idea to address them at the same time.
Many treatment programs may focus on providing specialized services for a variety of different populations, including:
- The LGBTQ+ population.
- Those with co-occurring mental health conditions.
- Those seeking gender-specific treatment (all-female or all-male treatment centers).
Unique needs call for unique therapies. Although the majority of rehabilitation centers for drug or alcohol abuse typically offer similar levels of care and clinically proven therapies, some may offer special therapies for their patients such as Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Before choosing a rehab center, determine whether you may have unique needs that are separate from your substance abuse issues. It may be beneficial to discuss this with a medical professional. The most effective drug rehab programs are relative to the potential patient and their preferences.
Reviews and Accreditations
Third-party accreditations are a way for addiction treatment providers to demonstrate their extraordinary levels of competency in treating people suffering from SUDs. One way to determine whether a treatment center holds themselves to exceptional standards and employs ethical practices in their operations is to check whether they possess a certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
Accreditations are finite awards, meaning that treatment centers must be re-evaluated periodically to verify that the treatment center in question has maintained their ethical operating standards. Accreditations don’t just help insurances cover rehab stays at this particular rehab, but they also help make sure that patients are treated with fairness and excellence. So, be sure to inquire on whether your potential treatment center possesses any of these qualifications before making your treatment decision.
Discovering Online Reviews of Rehab Centers
Before choosing a rehab, make sure to do a bit of online research on any of the facilities you’re considering. A simple google search will usually go a long way.
Typically, people can find reviews of treatment centers on Google Reviews and Yelp. Be sure to pay mind to certain aspects of these reviews, such as how many people have left reviews to this treatment center. A treatment center with five stars but only three reviews may be less trustworthy than a treatment center with thousands of reviews adding up to an average of, say, 4.5 stars.
Although you can also view written testimonials given by past patients on many addiction treatment centers’ websites, it may be best to steer clear of these reviews during your decision-making process. On-page testimonials sometimes contain underlying biases and sales-oriented agendas. In general, Yelp and Google reviews will provide potential patients with the most honest commentaries and perhaps give you a better idea of what you can expect at this particular rehabilitation center.
How Will You Pay for Treatment?
Most treatment providers accept private or state-funded insurance so people may access treatment. Whether the facility is privately run or funded by the state will determine which payment method they accept. While almost any treatment provider can check your insurance over the phone, American Addiction Centers allows you to verify your insurance instantly before you call using this form here. If you don’t have a private or state-funded insurance plan, you may still pay for treatment out-of-pocket or contact your provider for more customized options.
You Found a Provider: Now What?
After taking all of these factors of treatment centers into account, you’re one step closer to attaining a life free from drugs and alcohol. Now, it’s time to take action and enter the treatment program you accepted as your own. Though there is one final thing you should do before you take the next step of admitting to a facility. Call the provider you’ve selected with targeted questions that are important to you and interview them.
In any industry, it’s crucial to be critical of first impressions and watch out for less-than-professional processes. If something doesn’t feel right, it might not be quite right. If the first representative you speak to on the phone from a treatment center seems pushy or untrustworthy, listen to your instinct and instead go with a treatment facility whose admissions staff sounds to be compassionate and non-pressuring.
Here are some questions you should consider asking:
- Are they advertising a “cure” for addiction or an unreasonable success rate?
- Are they only focused on my ability to pay for treatment?
- Are they offering me gifts, cash, or help with obtaining a health insurance plan for treatment?
Sometimes it will take multiple tries to find the best rehab provider – you may repeat this process as many times as is necessary to find the perfect treatment provider for you.
At American Addiction Centers, we understand how important choosing a provider is and we believe transparency is key to helping you make the right decision. If you’d like to know more about our admissions process specifically, our helpline is staffed 24/7 and ready to answer your call. Our team members are compassionate and knowledgeable individuals who can answer any questions you have about detox, withdrawal, rehab, or recovery. Call us anytime at 1-888-935-1318.