How to Choose a Rehab Center
Licensed staff members
Therapists and other rehab staff members will define the patient’s treatment experience. Credible treatment centers have licensed therapists and doctors at the facility. The staff should be experienced and professional, but also kind. Top-notch facilities will also be sufficiently staffed. If there are too few therapists on staff, it might not be easy to get one-on-one time with a therapist regularly. Patients should be meeting for individual therapy at least one time a week. You should meet with the individuals who plan to make a care plan for your loved one so you can learn about their qualifications and expertise before settling on a center.
Small group sessions
While in rehabilitation, patients will frequently participate in group therapy. The size of the therapy sessions should be small so that therapists can give appropriate attention to each of the participants. If the group is too big, the patient’s needs might not be met. Group sessions should ideally have no more than 10 participants. If the group size exceeds that number, more than one therapist should be present.
They don’t allow bad habits.
A rehabilitation center should not allow its patients to continue bad habits. Patients should not be permitted to browse social media, for example, constantly, and the continued use of addictive substances should be severely restricted. Reputable treatment centers will put the kibosh on old habits and help patients actively develop new, healthy habits.
Clean, safe facilities
To properly heal, patients should be in a clean, stress-free environment. Patients who feel comfortable in their living quarters and therapy rooms are better equipped to face their addictions. Visit the facilities ahead of time, check out where the patients sleep, and spend most of their time. The facility should prioritize patient safety by monitoring them and offering fun, productive activities.
One thing all quality treatment facilities must-have is a certification from an accrediting organization. The two main organizations, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission, inspect treatment centers to ensure they are up to standard and do everything they can to help their patients. There might also be a local accrediting organization that verifies treatment centers in your area. In South Florida, the South County Recovery Residence Association is a watchdog for recovery centers.
First-hand accounts are a great way better to understand the treatment center and its therapy methods. See what people are saying by reading reviews online and watching testimonials on the center’s website. Some problematic recovery centers might fake reviews by writing them, so videos are always preferred.
Family and friends should be able to visit patients on a limited basis. Sometimes, treatment centers trying to deceive people might claim that family members are not allowed at the facility. They likely don’t want to get caught doing a poor job treating patients, so they keep visitors away. Check their visitor policy before selecting a treatment center.