When a family is evaluating the many types of substance abuse treatment programs, they do so with the intention of finding the right fit for the person seeking or requiring treatment, and needs are different for everyone. In general, the longer and more intense the drug use, the more intense the treatment that may be needed. Every drug addiction treatment center strives to provide the safest possible environment for their clients, but unfortunately this is not always the case.
With so many different personalities involved, and the inclusion of people who have likely resorted to committing crimes in order to facilitate their drug use, it is likely that these behaviors could continue while at the treatment center. The owners would then be the responsible party for crimes committed on the premises. This is why purchasing liability insurance for treatment centers is so important.
Ideally the environment created is one of trust and respect
Regardless of a program’s length in weeks or months, support and long-term follow-up are crucial to recovery. A quality treatment program not only addresses the drug abuse, it also addresses the emotional pain and other life problems that contribute to a person’s addiction. Teaching patients to respect one another is one aspect. The staff must also be responsible for exhibiting similar behavior. As the saying goes, “one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch”.
People looking for substance abuse treatment may see advertisements for programs, or they may ask around for the opinion of others who have found themselves in similar circumstances. This is why reputation is so important. Getting a bad review from someone who had a bad personal experience at a treatment center can be the kiss of death.
Focus on what is truly important: appropriate licensing, quality of care during the program, follow-up services, and staff credentials. Things to check include:
- Program accreditation and licensing
Make sure to run the treatment program so that potential clients and their families will be satisfied with their findings. They will be happy to know that licensed, well-trained mental health professionals and addiction specialists run the program.
- Showcase the effectiveness of the program’s treatment methods
A preferred drug addiction treatment center can show statistics on their success rates (preferably from an objective outside agency).
- Provide aftercare services to prevent relapse
Having a well-run aftercare program is important, one that provides referrals to other recovery services and support groups in the community. Also make sure that a staff member will help to create a discharge plan before a client exits the program.