Addiction care is expensive, and you want the very best care at the best value for your loved one. You also want a good fit and the best possibility for a good outcome. Treatment centers are not all alike, nor do they have the same services or philosophy. Personality matters, too.
Your loved one’s chances of recovery can be improved by the care provided and the fit. Not everybody responds well to every program. Like any service, the most expensive addiction care is not necessarily the best. We know programs for the indigent whose results are as good as those that literally cost a fortune. There are so many stories of what makes recovery click. Like any kind of learning it’s not a science.
Before you sign on the line to enter a treatment center, you’ll want to get information to make sure you’re finding the place that is the right fit for you or a loved one. Be sure to feel comfortable about asking questions. Don’t be shy about asking a lot of questions, or pushing for answers. Be vigilant but firm to get the information you need to make the right decision. Here are 10 questions you should ask:
1. What is your success rate? What percent of those who complete the program relapse in the first year?
2. Are you accredited? Who accredited the center?
3. What is the level of involvement for the family, and is the family encouraged to be involved with their loved one’s recovery?
4. What insurance is accepted? Is there a scholarship plan or payment plans or discounts for those who don’t have the financial means?
5. Do they encourage and utilize groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA)?
6. What about people of faith? Will you assist those who are people of faith?
7. What recreation and social activities are included?
8. How much will the center share with me or my loved ones about the recovery?
9. Are there psychiatrists available or on call 24/7?
10. What care or services are available if I/ they have a need after discharge?
11. Will my loved one see a doctor for assessment and have a tailored treatment plan based on the diagnosis?
A reputable facility will be happy to answer your questions and make sure you are comfortable with your decision.
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Pam is the author of Co-dependent In The Kitchen, and she's a contributing editor for Recovery Guidance. She's a recovery advocate who likes long walks on the beach and chocolate.