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Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Drug Treatment Provider

Posted on :  September 30th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

People who are looking for a drug treatment provider usually take very little time to research their options. They spend more time researching their next car, mobile phone, or handbag. To make it easier to investigate drug treatment providers, these are questions that you should ask. If you do not get the answers you want, then you should move on until you find the facility that is right for you.

  1. Ask about accreditation and licensing. These are important factors for every facility has the correct licensing as required by the location’s governance. Without licensing, you run the risk of malpractice or risky procedures. You also run the risk of having your loved one relapse very quickly.
  2. Ask about credentials. The program should be credentialed and so should the people who are working in the facility. The drug counselor should be license, so should the nurses and physicians who work in the program. Psychologists and psychiatrists will have different credentials and so will the people who work with co-occurring disorders.
  3. Ask if the methods the facility uses have been researched and found to be effective. The best treatment facilities use only methods that are proven effective through extensive research. The research should be done by organizations that are independent and scientifically based. The method that the facility uses should be scientifically proven and it is also helpful if the facility has their data evaluated to show their own effectiveness.
  4. Ask about how many patients each counselor works with. It is easy for counselors to get overwhelmed with too many patients. Each patient requires unique care, so the counselors need to have a limited number of patients to provide proper care.
  5. Ask if the treatment is the same for men and women. Men and women often need different types of treatment. Counselors should understand why you are asking about treatment for men or women. If the counselor does not have an idea what you are talking about, then it might not be right for you.
  6. Ask about medical detox. The process of detoxification can be painful and difficult, especially if it is conducted without any medication. With medication, addicts are able to better manage the symptoms that come with detox. The counseling staff should be able to explain the benefits of using medication and their possible side effects.
  7. Ask if the programs are customized to the unique needs of the addict. This is a must-have for any treatment. There is not a one-size-fits-all treatment program, so it is vital to the addict’s success that the program is unique for the addict. There should be intake questions that help the counselor customized the treatment for the addict.
  8. Ask if the whole person is included in the treatment. Along with a customized treatment program, each addict should have a full program. It should include more than just detox. The program should include the whole person, which should include the medical aspect of detox, as well as the psychology aspect that can include social and vocational help. It should also include spiritual assistance, if this is appropriate to the addict. Many programs will also include an aspect about wellness and maintaining health, too. The program should continue long after the addict leaves the facility.
  9. Ask about the role of families in the treatment. Families often need help, too. This is why so many treatment facilities will include therapy for families and close friends so they can heal, too.
  10. Ask to see the inside of the facility to see the environment. You will want to know where your loved one will be spending time, so you should be able to take a tour. You might not be allowed in private areas, but you should be able to garner a feeling for the facility.

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  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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