How To Find Quality Substance Abuse Treatment Providers And Questions To Ask Them

How To Find Quality Substance Abuse Treatment Providers And Questions To Ask Them

Substance abuse treatment programs are not all created equal; some programs and treatment centers offer specialized therapies and services that can help individuals with specific addiction issues. Others may offer some fantastic inpatient services but little in the way of ongoing care and relapse prevention. Finding the right substance abuse treatment greatly increases the chances of successfully completing rehab and avoiding relapse in the future. Anyone struggling with substance abuse either personally or in the family should know how to find quality treatment. It is also important to know some crucial questions to ask any potential treatment provider.

Common Challenges In Finding Substance Abuse Treatment

One of the first challenges many individuals face when it comes to substance abuse treatment is recognizing the need for treatment in the first place. Addiction is powerful, and those who experience it often display personality changes and engage in behaviors they may have never thought possible before addiction. Substance abuse can lead to criminal activity, financial consequences, and a host of other effects that can make it difficult to find appropriate treatment.

Everyone’s recovery journey is different, and individuals struggling with addiction require individualized treatment. It is essential to find a substance abuse recovery center that can provide safe detox services, inpatient and outpatient addiction therapy and counseling, and aftercare to encourage healthy sober living after rehab.

Medical Assistance And Specialized Treatments

Drug addiction takes a serious toll on the human body and mind. Some individuals experience severe malnutrition, dehydration, and contract infections and disease throughout the course of an addiction. They often neglect basic personal care in the pursuit of the next dose, and the longer this pattern continues the more severe the resulting damage will be.

Anyone entering treatment in serious condition needs medical assistance during the detox process. Attempting to go “cold turkey” or complete detox without medical supervision can have potentially life-threatening consequences. Opioid withdrawal symptoms can include extreme fever, muscle spasms, convulsions, and seizures. These symptoms may turn fatal if the individual attempts self-detox.

Dual Diagnosis

Many people struggling with substance abuse disorders also suffer from co-occurring mental health conditions. In some cases, a mental health issue may lead to a substance abuse disorder or vice versa; a person may start treating mental health symptoms with illicit substances, or substance abuse can lead to symptoms of various mental health conditions. Anyone with such a dual diagnosis needs specialized treatment that addresses both conditions simultaneously. It is not possible to recover from one without addressing the other.

Finding Comprehensive Care

In addition to medically-assisted detox, an appropriate treatment program should offer rehab services the patient needs. Some people with milder withdrawal symptoms or short-term addictions may benefit from outpatient rehab services and ongoing counseling while they maintain relatively normal day-to-day schedules. Others with advanced addictions may require long-term inpatient care at a rehab facility. In either case, it is essential to seek a treatment program that offers the care and services the individual needs to recover. There are countless online tools and questionnaires anyone can use to determine his or her level of addiction and the type of services he or she most likely needs for recovery.

Relapse Prevention And Transitional Services

Some people struggling with addiction will need aftercare or ongoing support after rehab. Others may struggle with legal, housing, or financial issues that require additional support. Many treatment centers offer legal assistance for child custody issues and criminal matters or transitional housing programs. Some provide mentorship and sponsorship programs to encourage ongoing support after rehab.

Ultimately, the goal of any substance abuse treatment program should be to fully address the individual patient’s unique circumstances. If you are looking for substance abuse treatment for yourself or a loved one, finding such a program is just the first step. Before committing to any type of treatment there are several important questions to ask the potential provider.

Crucial Questions And Answers

Finding Quality Substance Abuse Treatment And Questions To AskConsider a few examples of important questions to ask a potential substance abuse treatment provider:

  • Do you offer detox services? Find out if the provider offers medically-assisted detox or any specialized detox care programs.
  • Do you have an intervention program? The intervention can be the turning point of an addiction case and help from a professional interventionist increases the chances of a successful intervention.
  • What are your credentials? Never accept treatment from unlicensed or uncertified providers. Always look for professional credentials or official certification and verify their claims before agreeing to treatment.
  • How does your treatment work? Ask about how the provider approaches substance abuse treatment and what sets the program apart from other substance abuse treatment providers.
  • What insurance do you accept? Paying for treatment is a common concern among families struggling with substance abuse, so you want to be as clear as possible about your financial obligations before agreeing to treatment.
  • Do you offer specialized care for my situation? If you need dual diagnosis treatment, you need a provider that offers mental health counseling and specialized dual diagnosis treatment programs.
  • What type of ongoing support do you offer after rehab? See if the provider offers relapse prevention, alumni events, sponsorship, mentorship, or other programs geared toward sober living after rehab. The sudden shock of reentering “real life” after rehab can unfortunately propel some individuals toward relapse.

Ensure Comprehensive Support Before Committing

Addiction treatment is challenging and very few people make it through and stay sober forever; there is always a risk of relapse. It can be extremely disheartening for someone to go through addiction recovery only to relapse and revert to the same destructive behaviors. This may happen due to ineffective treatment or myriad other causes.

Asking the aforementioned questions of a provider before committing to treatment helps reduce the chances of ineffective treatment leading to relapse. Seeking treatment as soon as possible is important in any addiction, but do not rush this decision and commit to any treatment program unless you are confident it can provide the level of care you expect.

We’re Here for You

We know that this is a lot of information to absorb. When it comes to family, it’s important to research and learn as much as you can before making any major decisions. Family First Intervention can help. Our trained Intervention specialists are qualified and eager to guide your family through the experience, so you can become empowered and aware of every available option. Give us a call and know you’re in the hands of caring professionals.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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