9 Ways to Compare Drug Treatment Programs

9 Ways to Compare Drug Treatment Programs

The most effective addiction treatment programs are suited to the patients’ needs, and several treatment programs have specialized services to help addicts get and stay clean. Consider the following options when evaluating different rehab programs:

  • Accreditation – When comparing treatment programs, the first step is to make sure the facilities are licensed and accredited by the state. Likewise, professional treatment typically involves various therapies, so it is important to ensure that the therapists are also certified professionals.
  • Inpatient vs. outpatient care – People seeking addiction treatment must decide between inpatient and outpatient care. More serious addictions usually benefit from inpatient treatment, which involves staying at a residential facility for 30 to 90 days. Meanwhile, outpatient care usually involves three or more treatment sessions per week, and each session will last between two to four hours. This part-time approach is typically less expensive, and it may be necessary for single parents and caregivers.
  • Local vs. out-of-state rehab – Local treatment programs might make more sense for patients with family members living nearby, but most people should not limit their options to nearby treatment facilities. In many cases, getting away from home can allow patients to focus more intensely on treatment, and out-of-state facilities may provide better service options or lower costs.
  • Substance of abuse – Some treatment facilities specialize in certain addictions, and comparing programs based on the substance abused can help if the treatment might involve partial hospitalization, opiate replacement therapies or medically supervised detox. Specialized facilities may also be ideal for patients entering treatment after an overdose.
  • Cultural needs – Treatment programs are available that cater more to personal cultural needs. For example, there are programs and tracks that cater to specific ethnicities, languages and religious faiths, while others might separate patients according to gender.
  • Mental health care – Many addicts suffer from co-occurring mental health disorders. An addiction can trigger a disorder, while some people may abuse drugs to self-medicate the symptoms of the disorder. In a 2005 edition, the American Journal of Psychiatry states that addiction and mental health disorders might be different manifestations of similar neurological abnormalities, so people with both problems need treatment for both of them.
  • Holistic pain management – Pain-afflicted drug addicts need non-addictive pain management options, such as alternating hot/cold applications, local anesthesia injections, targeted physical therapy and other holistic treatments. People with ongoing pain issues should research what holistic therapies rehab programs recommend and use.
  • Special needs – In addition to mental health and pain management, several other special needs should be considered when evaluating programs. Physically disabled drug addicts should consider the setup of facilities to ensure they provide ramps, wide doorways and other services for people in wheelchairs. Likewise, people in particular professions may want enhanced privacy, security or executive amenities, which are all available in certain programs.
  • Financial assistance – Cost is always an important consideration, and the 2010 National Survey on Substance Abuse Treatment Services found that most patients receive some type of discount or assistance when they seek rehab. Private, non-profit rehab centers tend to offer the most assistance, but addicts should inquire with all programs about financial help. Likewise, find out what health insurance plans the programs accept, including Medicare and Medicaid.

If you need assistance, our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day at our toll-free helpline to explain treatment programs, methods and options. They can even look up and explain health insurance benefits. If you are considering addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one, please call now.