Whether you’re a person with an addiction looking for help, or a friend or relative collecting information for someone else, it’s important to find the right drug addiction treatment center. Not all drug addiction treatment centers are the same, both in terms of the population they serve, as well as the quality of services they provide.
When evaluating a drug addiction treatment center, ask yourself the following questions:
- What’s the clientele served by this treatment center? Some drug addiction treatment centers are for teenagers; others are for adults. Some are for men, some are for women, and some are mixed. Be sure to find out the target age and gender of the population served by a particular treatment center. If the treatment center is mixed, are there specific groups for men and women, teenagers and adults?
- What sort of care does the center provide? Some centers offer extended care, meaning the client stays at the treatment center and is under constant supervision for a period of several weeks to several months. Others offer outpatient treatment, in which a client lives outside the center and comes in for treatment. Depending on the depth of the addiction, and one’s own financial situation, one of these options may be better than the other.
- What’s the addiction? Some treatment centers are set up to help anyone, but others specialize in one type of addiction. Not all addictions are the same—treatments can vary. Check to see if the facility is prepared to help someone like you or your loved one.
- What sort of support does this drug treatment center provide to families? Does the treatment center offer counseling and/or support groups for spouses and families? Do spouses receive information about the client’s progress while he or she is in treatment? Are the children of addicts given any special attention?
- Who’s on staff? Check the treatment facility’s website. You won’t recognize the names, of course, but check to see how much experience the counselors have. Do the people on staff have degrees in addiction counseling? Check for online reviews and ask about the center’s success rate.
- How much does it cost? The cost of drug treatment can sometimes be prohibitive. Be sure to get an estimate of how much the program might cost, so there are no surprises when the bill comes due.
- Where’s it located? For some families, farther away is better. For others, the client needs to be close enough to visit occasionally. Check to see if the drug treatment center is conveniently located.