What Certifications Does an Outpatient Alcohol Rehab Center Need to Have?

Many people choose outpatient rehab to treat their alcohol use disorder (AUD) because it’s less expensive than a residential program and doesn’t completely uproot their persona lives. In fact, it can be helpful for people with AUD to integrate outpatient alcohol rehab into their daily lives as it slowly teaches them how to adjust to living sober rather than disrupting their entire routine for 30 days or longer.

When choosing an outpatient rehab for your alcohol addiction therapy, it’s important to ask a lot of questions. The facility should be judged based off its offerings, staff and qualifications as well as any licensing and certifications.

Outpatient Rehab Licensing

Drug and alcohol rehab facilities must be licensed by their state. Each state has its own rules and regulations regarding rehab facilities, but in general, you should check to make sure that the facility has a license issued by your state’s Department of Health Services or similar institution.

A license, along with a verifiable history, will ensure that your outpatient facility upholds the federal and state standards of treatment including maintenance, staffing, sanitation and additional qualifications.

What About the Therapists?

A trained addiction’s counselor must have a license from the state as well as hold at least a master’s degree. You may find that some therapist’s hold a doctoral degree, but the majority will have postgraduate education and a license to practice therapy in the state.

Avoid any outpatient centers that insist they train their own therapists and addiction counselors. Addiction therapy is a broad field that committed professionals spend years studying. There are guidelines, standards and techniques in-place designed to treat people with substance abuse disorders, and you should only relieve treatment from someone who is properly educated and experienced.

How do I check an outpatient alcohol rehab’s license?

Most centers will have proof of their license on their website, but if they don’t, call ahead and ask about their credentials. You can also search online for a facility’s license.

Get Connected With a Certified Outpatient Center Today

Our operators are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to talk about your outpatient therapy options and help you find the right facility for you. Call us today at 800-411-8019 to learn more about treatment options near you.