I certainly don’t have all the answers but I did a lot of research and came up with several questions that are worth asking. Maybe they will help you too.
Questions to ask as you decide which facility is right for your family:
Do you have Joint Commission Behavioral Health accreditation?
Do you have any other accreditation?
Does your facility promote maintenance or abstinence?
Some facilities believe that staying clean is aided with the help of other drugs like Subutex for life.
Is the 12 step method the basis? Do you use other methods? Recreational? Cognitive Behavior ?
Is your program religion based or faith based?
Do you have a success rate?
Be leery of anyone who says yes.
Can you send me a sample daily schedule? Are these activities mandatory or optional?
Is there a cash rate or sliding scale or grants?
How much one-on-one therapy will you provide weekly?
How many clients does the facility treat on-site at one time? How many are there currently?
Do you have an alumni group?
How many hours of group therapy occur daily?
Is goal is complete sobriety?
What is your stand on relapse -Do they feel addiction can be overcome as a result of completing their program?
What is your Cell phone use policy?
Are you Co-ed?
Do you offer Family therapy days? How many? How intense?
Are you a Dual diagnosis facility?
Do you have a Dr. On site? How many days? Be careful as some are “video dr.”
Is medication extra or included?
Is detox on site? Is it a medical detox if needed?
Is there an after care plan?
Are people divided by age in groups?
These questions can not ensure you pick a good facility over a bad but they can clearly give you a picture of the facility to help narrow down your choices. If possible, I highly recommend you go to the facility and check it out BEFORE YOU COMMIT. You will get an over all feeling of the organization, communication, and program if you are able to meet the people in charge and see a little of what is going on. This is an emotional time and the cost is substantial, there is no golden ticket, but doing your research will help you make the best choice for your loved one.
Dedra Stafford email@example.com I am not a professional or expert in this area, I am a mom on a long road of support for my son to be the best he can be.