Excerpted from Chapter 5 of The Recovery Book.
Addiction treatment programs—inpatient and outpatient—can be quite varied. Some specialize in alcohol rehab, others focus on drugs. Some are just for women, others are just for men, and some are for teens only. Some focus on the LGBT community, particular ethnic groups, or chronic pain patients.
Addiction Treatment Programs – Basic Criteria
When you start looking for a treatment center, first consider several basic criteria:
Location. Can the patient as well as others in the family travel to a treatment center that is across the country, or is a center close to home preferred?
Treatment. What types of treatment are offered and what is the philosophy of treatment?
Certification. Are the counselors certified? Are there doctors on staff?
Expense. How much does it cost? Do they accept insurance? Do they have a payment plan?
Aftercare or continuing care. Is an extension program available near your home?
Success rate. What does the program claim?
Reputation and reviews. What do others say about the program?
Using the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator and your own networks, find some programs that meet the basic criteria of most concern to you, perhaps location and costs.