What to Look for in an Inpatient Treatment Center

What to Look for in an Inpatient Treatment Center

Choosing an alcohol or drug rehab center isn’t as simple as choosing the closest facility. Since most inpatient treatment programs take at least four weeks, you need to choose a facility that is safe and comfortable and can help you be successful while you are away from your friends and family.

Because of the stigma still associated with addiction and mental health care, it can be difficult to find honest, reputable reviews of inpatient treatment centers online. However, you can rely on other key indicators of a rehab center’s quality. Licensing, the number of mental health professionals, and the types of medical approaches used all make a difference in whether your recovery is successful.

Licensing and Certifications

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You need to look for fully licensed and accredited treatment centers. Some drug rehab facilities are only licensed by the state they are in, and not accredited by larger institutions such as The Joint Commission or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. State licensing requirements can vary widely, so a national accreditation gives a clearer picture of the facility’s quality.

Some facilities may claim to specialize in treatment for adolescents, women, or other vulnerable groups. Ask them how they tailor their treatment, and what additional certifications their facility or individual staff members hold.

Presence of Mental Health Professionals

While some rehab centers mostly focus on detoxing, others have a full range of mental health services and therapies designed to prevent you from relapsing. Look for a facility that has full-time counselors and therapists with appropriate licenses like CCDP (Certified Co-occurring Disorders Counselor), CAC (Certified Addictions Counselor), or LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor).

Some facilities may contract with outside mental health providers and only have counselors available for a few hours per week. Even if you don’t have a history of known mental health issues, having access to a dedicated and caring mental health professional can make a huge difference in your recovery. If you are in doubt, ask the rehab center directly about their counselors’ and therapists’ availability and certifications.

Group vs. Individual Time

Most inpatient treatment centers provide patients with a combination of activities and types of therapies. These may include group and individual therapy sessions and activities like art and fitness classes. Some facilities push patients to do as many group activities as possible to allow them to build bonds and support each other.

Individuals who are very introverted may want to seek out a facility that allows individuals time to pursue their own interests and hobbies in a sheltered environment. On the other hand, outgoing and friendly people may want as many opportunities as possible to make new friends during their treatment.

Evidence-Based Treatment Methods

Addiction is a complex medical issue, and there are scientifically researched and trusted methods of addressing it. An addiction treatment center needs to use a combination of medication-assisted therapies, Twelve-Step Facilitation, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to achieve sobriety in patients.

Some rehabilitation centers rely heavily on spiritual or religious programming to motivate people to stay clean. While this emphasis on spirituality has been shown to work very well for some patients, it may not work as well for others.

You may also need a center that offers longer, 90-day treatment options. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, research shows that most patients need 3 months of treatment to fully recover from their addiction. Because the detox process alone can take up to 2 weeks, many patients barely have time to get oriented and begin therapy during a 28-day stay.

Insurance Coverage

addiction treatment and behavior therapyInsurance plans are required to cover mental health treatments, including addictions, but their amount of coverage may vary. Not all inpatient treatment centers accept all types of insurance.

Sometimes facilities accept an insurance plan, despite being considered out-of-network for that plan. In that case, you may end up being on the hook for a huge portion of the costs. Before committing to a facility, ask for an estimate of costs under your insurance plan, and double-check with your insurance provider to confirm that the facility is in-network.

If you rely on Medicare or Medicaid, you may not find a covered inpatient treatment center at first. Medicare and Medicaid usually only cover inpatient treatment if the patient has unsuccessfully tried outpatient treatment. In the end, financial barriers often keep needy families from accessing inpatient care, and the best option may be to find a Suboxone doctor near you.

Follow-Up and Success Rates

Not all treatment centers provide follow-up care or connect patients with reputable community providers. Even if an inpatient treatment center offers follow-up care, you may find that the location or appointment times are inconvenient. It’s normal for patients to rely on an outpatient addiction counselor or another specialist to help maintain sobriety after treatment is complete.

If a rehab center advertises success rates, make sure their success rates are scientifically sound. They should be able to cite a peer-reviewed journal or another reputable source. Just because a particular treatment method has a high success rate overall doesn’t mean that an individual treatment facility is able to match that rate.

Finding an Outpatient Suboxone Doctor

Even if you find an inpatient treatment center that looks legitimate and trustworthy, you may still find that inpatient treatment is not the right option for you. Inpatient treatment requires weeks away from family and friends, who may be the support you need while you recover. It also requires you to take time off work and depending on your eligibility for medical leave, you might not be able to afford to miss work.

An outpatient Suboxone doctor near you and a treatment clinic may be able to help. Right Path Addiction Centers provide a combination of Suboxone treatments, therapy, and other aids to help you start your path to recovery. Outpatient treatment allows you to maintain your everyday life and relationships while restoring your health and giving you a place to heal.

Outpatient treatment is generally much cheaper than inpatient treatment. Even if you have good health insurance or Medicaid, the co-pays and deductibles associated with inpatient treatment can be high. By trying outpatient treatment, you’ll be making a wise investment in your future without putting your family’s financial health in jeopardy.


imageWritten by Sergey Zhitar, MD Medical Director

Native of Moldova, Dr. Zhitar is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine as well as Internal Medicine and completed his training at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA in 2000.

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