If you have struggled with an alcohol or drug substance use disorder for some time, you might reach the point of no return. Once you realize you have a real problem, you can ask for help. Finding the right substance abuse treatment center is no easy feat; it takes time and dedication to ensure that you find the best fit to suit your needs. These are some of the steps you can take to find a facility now.
Check for Licensing, Certifications and Accreditation
The best substance use disorder rehab treatment centers are accredited by the Joint Commission or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. These are nonprofit organizations that give accreditation to any facilities that go above and beyond high quality standards and consistently put out positive results.
Any facility you consider entering should be properly licensed by the state. This ensures that it’s a legitimate business that will provide quality care to any clients that walk through its doors. You should also make sure facilities you might consider for doing your treatment have the proper certifications. LegitScript, in particular, is a certification that commonly appears online through advertising to show that facilities are legitimate. You can rest easy seeing that a facility holds this certification.
Avoid Patient Brokers
Not all avenues for searching for a substance abuse treatment center are legitimate. Unfortunately, there are so-called patient brokers out there who prey on the most vulnerable people. Brokers are looking for their own pockets by getting compensation for directing people who need help to specific rehab treatment facilities.
However, this is not only an unethical practice, but it often results in individuals ending up in the wrong facility. There should never be any compensation associated with seeking help for your substance use disorder. A broker might also make you feel pressured to give in and enter a center that doesn’t fit your needs at all. You should have your guard up at all times when speaking with a patient broker.
However, use these tips if you’re considering entering a specific center after having contact with a broker:
- Ask the broker who they work for and whether they work for the rehab facility in question.
- You should take it as a red flag if the broker tries to lure you with promises such as receiving plane tickets to travel to a faraway center or claiming that your insurance deductible can be waived if you enter that facility.
- Always directly call the facility’s phone number to learn more about what it has to offer. If you find a treatment center’s number online, compare it to what you find on its official website.
Find Out About Staff Credentials and Licenses
Knowing the credentials and licenses of any staff members at substance use rehab treatment centers is crucial. You will want only professionals with the right credentials there to help you. Clinical staff who are lacking in these areas will probably not have the appropriate training needed to effectively help you while you strive to get through your treatment to stop using drugs or alcohol. Treatment professionals should be certified to assist you with your needs as you go through detox, rehab, therapy and aftercare treatment.
Learn Whether Mental Health Services Are Available
If you’re like many people struggling with addiction, you might also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. In that situation, you will want to ensure that any treatment facility you’re considering has mental health services available. Many rehab centers acknowledge that drug or alcohol addiction and mental health conditions go hand-in-hand. People who have co-occurring disorders require specialized treatment and need programs that are tailored to their unique needs.
Ask About Evidence-Based Treatment Options
Many reputable rehab treatment facilities use evidence-based treatment options that really work for clients. Some people might need medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help them recover from their dependency on alcohol or opioid drugs. Others might require specialized cognitive behavioral therapy to help them recognize why they abuse substances and learn how to make better choices when a trigger arises. All centers should offer these types of treatment options. If you’re ready to get started, call us today at 833-846-5669. We can help you find the best facility to get your treatment.