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5 Things to look for in a Treatment Center Program
Although many people believe that making the decision to stop an addiction is extremely difficult, this it is not the end of the decisions you need to make. One of the most important decisions that you make is which treatment center to attend, the question then becomes how you choose. There are a few things that you should look for in an addiction treatment center program.
1. Programs that the Facility Offers
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, sometimes several types of treatment necessary to prevent relapse. One of the most important things to look for is the type of treatments a center offers. On specific type of treatment might not be enough to prevent relapse and lead you to the road to recovery.
Choosing a type of treatment takes knowing:
- yourself and what you might respond to,
- your addiction and what it will resist,
- how you respond to groups, and
- how you respond to one on one treatment.
Knowing yourself is only part of the issue. When you are looking for a treatment center, you should look for programs that you think might help and things that you will respond to.
2. Qualified Staff
According to a Times Report there is a serious lack of qualified staff members in many addiction treatment centers. Before signing up for addiction treatment, it is important to ask for the staff’s qualifications. Each person should hold at least a certification in addiction treatment. Any counselor needs an education in counseling techniques and methods. Doctors and nurses should hold doctorates and nursing degrees.
This is particularly important when you are unsure of yourself. Some of the benefit of seeking help in a treatment center is knowing that qualified people are taking care of you.
Another thing to look for in a treatment program is a good staff to client ratio. Many addiction treatment centers are overcrowded particularly if they are government funded. Before checking into a treatment facility, you will need to check how many staff members, counselors, and other support personnel the facility has compared to how many patients they take on. This is an important indicator of how much individual attention you will receive.
4. Overall Comfort of the Facilities
Although it might seem trivial, full withdrawal is extremely uncomfortable. If the overall facilities are uncomfortable or unpleasant, it will just make the withdrawal worse. Tour the facility before checking in. Make sure the accommodations are as comfortable as can be expected under the circumstances.
5. Overall Cleanliness of the Facility
When you tour the facility, make sure that it is clean as well as comfortable. Like any hospital setting, the detox and rehab facility should be clean. There should not be linens, clothing, food, or any other substances lying around. It should smell clean and disinfected as well as taken care of. The condition of the facility is a good indicator that they treat their clients well.
Finding the correct treatment center is a huge decision. This decision should not be taken lightly. You can look for several things to make sure that the facility is the right one for you. For more information on what to look for give us a call at 800-721-8114.