Substance addiction, whether it is to drugs or alcohol is not a battle, it is a war with many battles that need to be fought over a long period of time. It is not easy, but it is definitely a worthwhile struggle to overcome the dependency on something, whether it is whiskey or opioids, to get control of your life and your choices back.
In this regard, like any war, the struggle to rehabilitate and regain control is not something that can be won alone. Victory in war and victory in rehabilitation is a team effort, and the more people that are willing to help an addict in this struggle, the greater the chances of success are. But while friends and family can be a big help, one of the biggest influences is often the rehabilitation center or “rehab” that an addict enters. And while this is can be a helpful force to have with you on the journey to recovery, it’s only effective if it’s the right choice.
An Abuse of Goodwill
Effective treatment at a rehab center is about attentiveness and quality people and procedures at every step of the way. Unfortunately, as word about the effectiveness of rehab has spread, the popularity of rehab centers has grown and some unscrupulous people have realized that there’s money to be made from the suffering of others. It’s sad to say, but some rehab centers are merely scams with a focus on draining money out of addiction treatment, rather than treating the addiction itself.
This isn’t merely a case of taking advantage of someone else’s trust, it also does real damage to someone who simply wants to take control of their lives again. So how can this be avoided? If you want to ensure that someone who considers rehabilitation for substance abuse gets the best possible treatment and a real chance at recovery, how do you make certain the money you are spending is going to a legitimate drug rehab center? There are a few telltale signs to be aware of when examining the authenticity of a rehab center.
Check the Website Carefully
If a supposedly reputable rehab center has no website for you to look at, that should be your first warning. But even if it does have a website, don’t just assume that all is well. Carefully look at what the website discusses in terms of treatment and content.
Just how specific is the website with regards to rehabilitation methods? Treatment methods should not be withheld, nor should the website itself feel or look generic. The real secret of any rehab center’s success is in the staff and the actual application of treatment, so being unwilling to discuss rehabilitation or therapy methods should be a clear warning that something is wrong.
Are There Tests?
While some lab testing may be a part of a professional rehab program, it should not comprise the majority of the cost. Lab tests, while essential, can also be expensive, and some scam rehab centers exploit this by requiring a high volume of supposed lab testing. This means that either the addict, addict’s family, or medical insurance is now paying substantial amounts of money for tests that are largely unnecessary at this level of regularity.
How much does the rehab center want to know about the addict? Do they want to have access to medical records, be made aware of certain important conditions or considerations, or want to know the names of past counselors and/or psychologists the addict has seen? Without having access to this important information, it’s more difficult to plan effective treatment and therapy. Any rehab center that has no interest in any of this information is not actually interested in genuine recovery either.
While much of addiction recovery is based on character and psychology, there is still a physiological component. This is especially true when it comes to physical well-being shortly after withdrawal. This is why it’s important for some kind of medical director, doctor, or other trained medical professionals to have some kind of presence at a rehab center. Often they’ll be members of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. A rehab facility with no medically trained personnel at all is highly suspect.
All professional rehab centers understand that while successful rehab treatment in the center is winning an important battle, that doesn’t win the war. How a recovering addict copes with pressures and temptations upon resuming normal life is critical. Good rehab centers will have measures in place, such as aftercare programs with support groups or regularly scheduled check-ins to monitor and assist with recovery. Any rehab center that leaves an addict in recovery to his or her own devices once treatment is over is not a good one, and unlikely to be legitimate.
Out of State Treatment
Another way that scam rehab centers attempt to “game the system” is by convincing addicts to seek treatment in rehab centers that are out of state. Under current payment systems, if rehab treatment is covered by insurance, those insurers pay more for treatment if rehab doesn’t occur in the state of residence. If you receive an unsolicited phone call from someone referring you to seek treatment outside your state, chances are they are simply trying to boost their earnings through out-of-state treatment payments.
Some people actually get paid for every referral they make to a rehab treatment center. In such situations, the sheer number of potential admittances is far more important than whether any successful treatment occurs. If you get a call from someone making a recommendation for treatment at a center, conduct your own investigation and see if the person making the call is a broker that is more interested in the commission from another patient referral than the actual outcome.
The decision to go into rehab is not one to be made lightly. Rehab can be a crucial first step in addiction recovery, and can set the rest of the tone for a person’s journey out of addiction. Make sure it’s the right first step. Pick the right rehab center and call Beachway Therapy Center today.