Not all Treatment Facilities Are Created Equally…
I had NO IDEA that any one rehab was different from another. My first time going, I just signed up for the one that was closest to where I was living. I had a horrible experience at that facility, got ZERO one-on-one therapy, and a wasted of 30 days of my time. No surprise that I relapsed the day after getting out…
Oftentimes, getting into treatment as quickly as possible is very important. AND, knowing what questions to ask the rehab before going is arguably even more important.
While most Treatment Facilities operate with good intentions, at the end of the day, they’re still a business.
And, the less ethical facilities know how to cut corners and add to their bottom line.
Running a Treatment Facility requires a lot of staff.
To cut costs, operators often utilize the least qualified (i.e. cheapest) facilitators allowed by their state.
For you, this could mean the difference between working with counselors that completed a short, online certificate and have little to no experience working in the field, or, a doctoral level educated clinician with years of professional experience.
That one distinction can have MASSIVE implications on the quality of care you receive.
Unfortunately, many Addiction Treatment Facilities don’t do much – or anything at all – from a clinical perspective to address underlying mental health conditions that their clients may suffer from.
Many experts would agree that all clients suffering from addiction have some underlying Mental Health condition that is causing them to want to abuse substances.
Some prime examples of this would be Trauma/PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, and Bipolar Disorders. The emotional pain of these untreated disorders drives people to use the substances because it provides an instant escape from that emotional pain.
The volume of clients a facility has in its’ care at any given time is very important to consider.
A Treatment Facility is much more likely to be able to provide individualized attention to you or you loved one if they have fewer clients.
Groups will be much smaller, making it more comfortable for you to share some deep feelings and experiences while in them. It also gives the group facilitator more time to spend on each client individually.
Compare the two pictures below. Which group would you feel more comfortable sharing in?
Or This One?
These are just a few of MANY things you’ll want to take into consideration when searching for the right facility. Others considerations include:
Volume and Frequency of Individual Sessions
What Clinical Modalities are Offered
Does the Facility Offer All Levels Of Care
Co-Ed or Gender Specific Facility
What are the Credentials of the Primary Clinicians
I know how intimidating and stressful this decision making process can be
– I’ve been there.
To try and make it a little easier on you, I’ve created a spreadsheet with some of the most important questions to ask a facility prior to making a decision.
It has columns built into it, so you can write in each facility’s answers, and then do an easy side-by-side comparison. This can help you feel confident that you’re making the right decision and choosing the best facility.
Fill out the ‘Comparison Sheet Form Request’ below, and it’ll automatically be emailed to you right away.