How do you choose a rehab that is right for you?

What is at the heart of a great treatment facility? Top-notch treatment has little to do with information, willpower, science, medical facts, or philosophy.  You don’t always have to understand it for it to work. Living there, being there and breathing in the culture of the facility and the people never stops.

The group’s morale is at the heart of the therapeutic process; it’s a united will to reach the common goal of living without the influence.

Visit the program if you can. This will be your family and perhaps the most intense 30 or 90 days of you life. Some questions to ask during your visit or while researching treatment facilities include:

  1. Is group therapy a part of recovery?
    In a great program you spend at least two hours a day with a group facilitated by a counselor. A group setting can readjust your thinking and personal opinions in ways that cannot be achieved on a one to one basis. It also increases your knowledge and insight of yourself and others.
  2. Are there a medical doctor and chemical dependency counselors on staff?
    The best programs are not necessarily led by medical doctors. A combination of chemical dependency counselors should be the driving force behind the program. There should however, also be a doctor available to supervise each woman's individual medical recovery needs.
  3. What experience do the program director and other therapists have in recovery?
    The program director should have a background as a counselor and possibly be in recovery themselves. Look at the qualifications and relevant experience of each therapist who will be responsible for conducting your therapy. It is important for you to feel a connection with them.
  4. Is there a psychologist and a psychiatrist on staff to supervise mental health requirements?
    A high percentage of women with substance dependency also have mental health needs that require assessment and diagnosis. An attending psychologist and an attending psychiatrist can offer support to those requiring mental health assistance even once sobriety is attained.
  5. Is there a family component in the program?
    Family therapy should be an integral part of the program and there should always be an opportunity for the safe sharing of feelings between a recovering person and their family.
  6. Are visitors allowed?
    Weekly visiting time allow families to come together after years of pointless arguing and bitterness. Some marriages may come back together, while some people decide they are better apart.
  7. Are AA and NA meetings facilitated while in treatment?
    Introductions to both AA and NA are important during treatment and may help significantly after discharge.
  8. What does the after care program consist of?
    An after care program offers quality voluntary group therapy during the first six months of recovery.
  9. What are the tracking systems and data recording methods used after discharge?
    When you are being quoted a success rate, do not take it on face value. How does the facility know its success rate, and how can they validate the data they have collected? Do they know how someone is doing after 3 weeks, 5 months, or 15 months?
  10. Is there an active alumni group?
    Alumni involvement typically means that the program has maintained trust with its graduates and that the program is at the center of a community of recovery and nurtures such alumni involvement.
  11. Is the facility licensed?
    A facility should always be licensed and inspected by the State where it is located. The licenses should be with the Health Department and/or the Mental Health Department.
  12. Does it have a national accreditation?
    The two national accreditation bodies are CARF (Committee for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations).

In addition to these elements, there are numerous other things to look for.

  • What is the range of the therapies?
  • What are the amenities on campus?
  • Is the program completely holistic?
  • Does it treat with other addictive medication?
  • What is the nutritional program like?
  • Do they have animals?
  • What are the arrangements for communication to the world?
  • How is confidentiality, privacy, and security protected?
  • What is the typical client group?
  • Is it a voluntary facility?
  • Is there a full medical detoxification on site with 24 hour medical supervision?
  • Is the facility and the program itself female specific?
  • Check the facts on insurance coverage costs, payment options, and length of average stay.

Once you know all the facts about a specific facility, look at other facilities and compare in order to find the best fit for you and your needs. 

If you would like to discuss what we have to offer at Brookhaven please call 1-877-81 REHAB to discuss your treatment confidentially.