Do you need to take your loved one to an alcohol rehab center but aren’t sure how to choose? Here’s everything you should look for before deciding.

There are over 14,500 treatment centers in the United States. If you’re finding yourself in a situation where you or your loved one finds yourself in a situation where you need help, where do you go?

Do you go to the first one that pops up in search results online? There are some things that you can do to evaluate drug and alcohol rehab centers to find the best one. Every situation is unique and you need to ensure that the one that you choose meets your needs.

Get a List of Facilities to Start With

You may have seen the signs that it’s time to seek treatment, but where do you begin?

Start by collecting names of rehab facilities. You can get the names of the rehab facilities from various sources. Online is one of them. Don’t forget to reach out to professionals that you’re working with, like physicians or mental health professionals.

Once you get those names, you’ll want to do research on those facilities based on certain criteria.

How Long Have They Been Around?

One of the first and easiest things to look at is how long they’ve been in existence. The longer they’ve been around, the more experience they have in treating people with various issues. It’s also a sign that they are a legitimate treatment option.

Unfortunately, because there is a high need for people to have treatment, there are rehab facilities that pop up all over the place. This causes people to choose treatment centers that can be fly-by-night companies. They’re more focused on making money than they are on treating people who desperately need it.

Accreditation, Certifications, Licenses

This is a telltale sign that the drug and alcohol rehab facility is up to par. There are two nonprofit supported accreditations to look for in a treatment facility.

One is the Joint Commission and the other is CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. These two organizations hold facilities to certain standards and results in their treatment programs.

Depending on the state where the treatment facility is, there may be additional licenses required to operate a treatment facility. Check with the facility and state laws to make sure that they’re complying with local laws and regulations.

Types of Treatment

Obviously, you want to be in an alcohol rehab treatment program that focuses on alcohol treatment. There are treatment facilities that offer inpatient, outpatient, and individualized care.

Some centers cater to special populations, such as religious groups, LGBT people, and certain age groups. You or your loved one may find that you have an extra level of comfort when you’re recovering with other people who share similar values or experiences.

Treatment Approaches

In many cases, drug and alcohol abuse is a symptom of an underlying problem. The treatment approaches at the facility that you choose should address those issues.

Some treatment facilities are designed for multidisciplinary care. In other words, they’re set up to address the underlying issues, such as mental health problems. They have a team of experts who are ready to provide treatment in different areas, which provides a complete approach to care.

For example, you might be an addict or know of an addict who is constantly lying to hide their addiction. They may lie about everything. There are different approaches that can be taken to combat lying addicts. You can learn more about that here.

Another key part of recovery is in the aftercare programs. The level of support someone in recovery receives after the initial program largely determines their success in staying clean and sober.

You’ll want to know and understand what the aftercare program entails before you commit to a facility.

Program Duration

There are usually standard treatment lengths in alcohol and rehab centers. Some are 90 days, some are 30 days. Your doctors and the treatment facility should be able to offer the treatment program length that’s appropriate for your needs.

Location

The location of the facility will play a role in choosing a rehab center. This is a very personal choice as the location could help or hinder your success.

Some people love being in peaceful and tranquil environments close to nature and others want the busy urban environment. Likewise, some people prefer to stay close to home, while others would rather go out of state for treatment.

Insurance

Unfortunately, we live in a world where we have to take insurance and payment options into consideration. On average, it costs $15,000 for a 30-day stay in a facility.

There aren’t that many people who have access to that kind of cash, so they’ll have t depend on insurance to meet their needs.

You’ll need to do a lot of additional research and make calls to the treatment provider and to your insurance carrier. Make sure that you know what’s covered, what’s not and what your out-of-pocket expenses will be.

Questions to Ask When Evolution Alcohol Rehab Centers

When you start to contact and tour treatment facilities, you want to be prepared with questions.

  • What is the program length?
  • Is there an aftercare or support program?
  • Is there support for families of the patient? What does that look like?
  • What happens to patients who relapse during treatment?
  • What is your success or relapse rate?
  • Can you share a sample treatment plan?

Asking the right questions will help you narrow down your options to find the best treatment center for you. 

Finding the Right Alcohol Rehab Center

There are treatment centers for every need. How do you find the right one for you? You have to look for drug and alcohol rehab centers with eyes wide opened.

You have to understand what it takes to find the right center. Knowing the various treatment modalities, underlying causes of drug and alcohol issues is just the beginning.

When you do find centers that match your needs, you’ll know exactly what questions you need to ask. This will ensure that you find the one that suits you best.

Read more about getting the help you need by checking out this article on getting help with your mental health.

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