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Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is, simply put, a life and death matter. With over 72,000 drug overdose deaths estimated for the year 2017 alone, the importance of finding the correct treatment center cannot be understated. (1)

Unfortunately with the rise of the Opioid Epidemic came many shady treatment facilities more interested in collecting insurance money than seeing patient success.

While the government has begun to crack down on such facilities, it still is crucial to know what to look for when choosing a treatment center for a loved one or yourself. (2)

Here we go over what to look for or ask for when choosing the correct treatment center.

1) Check for external accreditations and certifications

It is important to check that the treatment center has accreditations and certifications from external licensing bodies.

For example, in California, you should expect a certification from the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

2) Ask about the alumni program

Quality treatment centers will invariably have alumni programs for individuals who have graduated from the program.

A strong, well-connected, large alumni fellowship is often times a great indicator of the success rate of a treatment center.

3) Integrated treatment

Addiction and alcoholism is a disease of the body, mind, and spirit. It is crucial to ensure the treatment center provides help for all co-occurring disorders and concerns that might be coupled with the addiction.

4) Ask how treatment outcomes are measured

Accredited facilities are required to follow up with individuals who have completed their programs to gather data on treatment outcomes. Credible treatment centers will use treatment outcome data to ensure the quality of the care being provided.

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5) Ask about what services are provided

The services provided by residential treatment facilities will often times vary widely from place to place. It is important to ask what services the treatment center provides and if these services are evidence-based practices for the treatment of addiction.

6) Ask about family involvement

Quality treatment centers will usually involve the family and loved ones of the individual at some point during the treatment process. Some facilities will even offer family education programs that aim to teach loved ones about addiction and what they can expect going forward.

7) Ask to take a tour

Reputable treatment centers will offer tours of the facility, ability to speak with and/or meet staff, and hear testimony from alumni. The treatment facility should provide a dignified environment for the clients, and the staff should be experienced and accredited.

8) Aftercare

Quality treatment centers will offer various aftercare programs to individuals who have graduated from their program, such as intensive outpatient programs (IOP), sober living, counseling, etc. Treatment centers that do not offer aftercare programs are often times a cause for concern.

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.