Every year in the United States alone, millions of people enter drug rehabilitation centers. It is quite unfortunate that other end up relapsing and becoming worse than they were before even though they went to rehab. This calls for questioning on what someone should consider when seeking rehab services.
Different programs actually expect different results. Some programs consider success to be a person who continues to attend meetings or takes the methadone or Suboxone that was prescribed. Others consider that a person completing their twenty-eight-day program is a success. Others measure success by the number of people who stay abstinent after they return home. And some include many factors of recovery, such as gainful employment, improved family relations and morality and so on.
You and the family must decide which result is acceptable or desired before making a decision. This decision will guide you through the process of selecting a facility. Ask any rehab program you are considering how they measure their success and what that success rate is.
Apart from the results you want you should know that there are other things to weigh to prove that the results will be positive for example accreditation, statistics and after care services
When you start looking for substance abuse treatment, you may see advertisements for programs in tranquil settings with gorgeous views. While amenities like that are nice to have, they likely come with a big price tag. Focus on what is truly important: appropriate licensing, quality of care during the program, follow-up services, and staff credentials. Things to check include:
Program accreditation and licensing. Make sure the treatment program is accredited by the state it’s in. Also check to ensure that the program is run by licensed, well-trained mental health professionals and addiction specialists.
The effectiveness of the program’s treatment methods. Treatment centers should have at least some statistics on their success rates, preferably from an objective outside agency.
Type of aftercare services to prevent relapse. Is there a well-run aftercare program? Does it provide referrals to other recovery services and support groups in the community? Also make sure that a staff member will collaborate with you to create a discharge plan before you leave the program.
It is important to know what goes on in the rehab that you have chosen. There are so many quack health professionals and they can post themselves anywhere rehabs included.
In a new book, author Anne Fletcher reveals the good and the bad state of care in drug rehab facilities.
Last summer, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University released a report detailing the devastating state of addiction treatment. The bottom line: counselors with little education and less oversight are using outdated and sometimes harmful techniques; there are no national standards for credentialing or training counselors and most treatment centers, even those with extensive financial resources, do not always use best practices. In her book Inside Rehab Fletcher investigates the erratic quality of care in some of these facilities and how some centers are working to improve treatments. (Disclosure: I was interviewed and cited in the book on the subject of rehabilitation for teens).