By: Cedar Point Recovery 31 May 2016

Choosing the right rehabilitation facility can be difficult. There are many factors you need to consider beyond cost and location. It is important to learn about the types of treatment offered, the qualifications of the staff and the treatment center’s ability to keep your information confidential and secure.

After making the decision to get help, you may use location and finances as a filter, however, it is advised that you choose your treatment center by rating them on their treatment offered. You may not know much in this arena, and as such, may not even know where to start looking, or what to look for.

Some questions to ask would be:

  • What’s their track record?
  • Are they regulated?
  • What are the treatments offered?

How to Proceed

Schedule an appointment: It is best to conduct your inquiries in person. Schedule an appointment with a therapist from each center you’re considering. This consultation will grant you the opportunity to scope out the place, and get answers to questions about the treatment plans offered, and the medication offered for withdrawal, to help decide what would be best for you. Take note that individual treatment options tend to be more effective than group sessions.

Record keeping and confidentiality: It is very important to ensure that your records are properly documented, as you will have more than one health care provider, and as such, they all need access to the same, accurate information. This will help to ensure that the treatment you receive is specific to your condition. The other aspect of record keeping, the privacy of your records, should be disclosed. Also, know that there are federal laws in place to protect your confidence. 

Personnel qualifications: Treatment Centers should hiring medical professionals certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Also, research and ensure that the clinical staff is all qualified with, at the very least, a master’s degree. Treatments and medications should be administered and supervised by medical professionals only.

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