An addiction treatment center with a list of questions near it

The first step to a life in recovery free of drugs and alcohol is finally acknowledging that you or a loved one has a problem and needs to seek help. Finding the correct treatment center once the decision has been made to seek help can sometimes be quite difficult.

Long-term sobriety and a life in recovery are built by having a strong foundation. Therefore, the importance of finding the correct treatment center for you or a loved one cannot be overstated.

Here we take a look at what questions you should ask when calling treatment centers to find out if they are the correct fit for you or a loved one.

Ask whether they have any external accreditations and certifications

A very good place to start is simply asking what accreditations and certifications the facilityA question mark stands in front of a new building has from external licensing bodies. These accreditations and certifications will ensure the treatment facility is equipped to provide quality substance abuse treatment.

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

Ask about the staff

Having an experienced and highly trained staff is absolutely crucial for quality treatment services. It is important to ask about the staff of the treatment facility. Many quality treatment facilities will have biographies of their staff members readily available online for your inspection.

Ask how the treatment center caters to each individual

Many treatment centers simply try to implement the same exact program for each patient. These “one-size fits all” treatment programs, while successful for some, typically only work for certain types of people. It is therefore important to ask how the treatment center plans to cater to each individual’s needs.

Ask about dual-diagnosis and mental health services

The reality is that many people who suffer from a substance abuse disorder will also suffer from one or more other mental health issues. This is known as co-occurrence and should be treated at the same time as the addiction. It is therefore important to ask if the treatment center addresses co-occurring disorders as well.

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Ask what recovery program/fellowship is offered

Many treatment facilities will implement only one recovery fellowship; more often than not Twelve-Step recovery fellowships. While there is certainly nothing wrong with any individual recovery fellowship, the more options one has to choose from the better. Asking if the treatment center offers exposure to multiple recovery fellowships is therefore important.

Ask what other services are offered

It is important to ask what other services the treatment facility offers to their clients. Recovery is about learning a new way of life that includes the tools we need to cope with life, instead of using drugs and alcohol to deal.

Therefore, quality treatment centers will supplement the recovery fellowships they teach with holistic activities for the clients to learn. These include things such as yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and other holistic therapies.

Ask how treatment outcomes are measured

Treatment outcomes refer to the success rate of clients once they have left treatment. Accredited facilities are usually required to follow up with clients 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. Therefore, asking about how treatment outcomes should give a good indicator of the quality of the treatment facility.

Ask about alumni groups

Another great indicator of the quality of a treatment facility is whether they have an alumni group or not. Alumni groups provide an excellent way for individuals who have completed their treatment program to stay in touch with the facility and achieve long-term sobriety. The strength of the alumni group is a great indicator for the quality of the treatment center.

Ask about aftercare programs

While inpatient treatment stays provide the critical starting point for a life in recovery, they do not cure addiction. Reputable treatment centers will, therefore, offer different aftercare programs to clients to continue to help facilitate their assimilation into a life free of drugs and alcohol.

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Be sure to ask what sort of aftercare programs the treatment facility offers to clients once they have completed the main program.

Ask about family programs

The reality of addiction and alcoholism is that it very much impacts the family and loved ones of the users.

The best treatment facilities will include some sort of family involvement in the treatment process, and also family education programs. It is important to ask how the treatment facility addresses the family component of addiction treatment.

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.