Are you looking for a treatment program for yourself or a loved one and you are not sure where to start? Donna Dowdney, of SOLACE Clermont County, suggests that these questions should be asked to help you select the right program:
1. What type of accreditation or licensing does your treatment program have?
2. What credentials and licenses does the program's clinical staff have?
3. If residential, what is the length of stay? 30-60-90 days?
4. Is medical detoxification (detox) offered as part of the residential treatment?
5. Do you provide medically assisted treatment (MAT)? What type of medication is used in MAT?
6. How much does your program cost?
7. What kinds of services are included in your fees?
8. Is your rehab an open program or a locked-down program?
9. Does your program assess for “dual diagnoses” (mental health and addiction) and treat as necessary?
10. What is the patient-to-counselor ratio? How much one-on-one time do you offer?
11. Does your program offer an individualized treatment program?
12. Is treatment gender-specific?
13. Does your program address a full range of needs to help the individual, including medical,
psychological, spiritual, social, and health wellness issues? If I choose, will there be
faith-based counselors available?
14. What therapeutic model or theories form the foundation of your treatment program,
such as 12 steps, faith-based, cognitive behavioral, or motivational enhancement?
15. What activities will I be required to participate in while in the program -- individual
counseling, group counseling, or a 12-step program?
16. What type of help is available for families?
17. Do you have an aftercare program? If so, for how long? What does it entail?
18. Do you provide a written discharge plan? If I do not live near facility, will you help me
find resources for continuing care in my own community?
19. What are your disciplinary rules if one slips and uses while in treatment or breaks one of your facility rules? Are you kicked out or are you warned and reprimanded? If asked to leave, do you refund any of the fees paid?
20. What is your success rate? Have there been studies to measure the effectiveness of your program’s treatment methods?
21. What sober supports are your program connected to in the county?
Final thoughts from Donna:
These are a sampling of questions to guide you in the selection of a treatment center. You can reprioritize the order of the questions depending upon the issues that are important to you.
If possible, visit the treatment facility and see what the environment is like. Make sure it is clean and hospitable, and get a feel for whether it would be a good fit for you.
In some cases, the process of assessment/admission could take 2-4 hours. Please expect to do a drug screening and meet with an admissions counselor. Every plan for sobriety should be carefully created for each individual and no two pathways to recovery will be the same. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is determined on a case-by-case basis and may or may not be part of your loved one's recovery plan. Every recovery plan is unique to each individual and created to offer the best opportunity for getting clean. Encourage your loved one to be honest during the initial assessment so the best plan of recovery can be developed.
Recovery is possible!
Clermont County Crisis Hotline: 513.528.SAVE (7283)