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What to Ask a Potential Drug Rehab Facility for a Loved One

Addiction isn’t just hard on the addicted, it takes a toll on family members and loved one’s, too. When the time comes to choose a drug rehab facility for a loved one the choices seem endless. Sifting through drug rehab facility websites can seem overwhelming. You’re essentially shopping for something for which the criteria of excellence is unknown. When we created The Recovery Village, we set a standard for care that would be of the highest possible caliber. Based on our own exploration we’ve compiled some questions that we think are important along with our perspective. We hope you find it of value.

Drug Rehab Facility ChecklistDo you have a full-time, on-site medical staff?

For a number of reasons, many drug rehab facilities have a part-time or rotating medical staff. From our perspective, a full-time, on-site medical staff is essential to success. Having a full-time staff curbs break downs in communication and fosters a true understanding of each individuals unique challenges and progress. Addiction is a disease, and a disease requires a thoughtful, medically supported approach.

What is the result that should be expected from the drug rehab program?

Different treatment centers cite different criterial for success. At some facilities the definition of success is continuity of use of substitute drugs being used to curb use of the core addiction drug. Others, like ours, strive for sobriety, focus on the mind and the body and include mastery of life-skills. You’ll find variances across the board in what each drug rehab program expects to achieve. Make sure the result you are seeking is the same as the drug rehab facility is offering before starting treatment.

What criteria are patients evaluated for?

At The Recovery Village we perform medical, psychiatric and social assessments to craft the right individualized approach to each patient. We believe that a holistic approach to drug rehabilitation or any other addiction require each of the three components.

“most addiction treatment providers are not medical professionals and are not equipped with the knowledge, skills or credentials needed to provide the full range of evidence-based services, including medication and psychosocial therapy”

– Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice

What is the basis for your drug rehab programs?

Shockingly, many drug rehab facilities are practicing outdated approaches to addiction recovery. According to a 2013 New York Times article, a recent Columbia University report found “most addiction treatment providers are not medical professionals and are not equipped with the knowledge, skills or credentials needed to provide the full range of evidence-based services, including medication and psychosocial therapy.” Be sure the drug rehab facility you are evaluating practices a full-range of evidence-based techniques implemented by credentialed professionals.

What credentials does the drug rehab facility hold? What about the staff?

A drug addict shouldn’t just expect the best level of care possible, they should demand it. When selecting a drug rehab program ask what types of credentials the facility and its staff hold.

What is the extent of staff coordination with insurance companies?

You should expect a drug rehab facility that works directly with insurance companies to drive the individualized care necessary. All too often we hear stories of facilities where patients find out they are being discharged with only a day (or less) notice. This type of situation occurs when a treatment provider isn’t working with the insurance companies, but instead coalescing to a primarily financial-based treatment timeline. Our team works with our patients and insurance providers with the goal of providing the right level of care, at the right time, for the right reasons.

What type of recovery services do you offer?

We provide a full range of drug addiction recovery services to focus on the specialized nature of drug addiction recovery. Our drug treatment program options include residential treatment, medical detox, outpatient treatment, family program, intensive outpatient addiction treatment, aftercare planning, partial hospitalization program, eating disorder medical stabilization, multidisciplinary approach and dual diagnosis. While it is often assumed that treatment will be singular in nature, more often than not effective treatment requires addressing at least one, if not more, additional challenges an individual has.

What is nutrition’s role in your recovery programs?

Nutrition plays an important part in the drug rehabilitation process. To meet the needs of our patients we employ a full-time dietician who works with patients when drug addiction and nutritional issues overlap to ensure a healthy recovery. Our dietitian also works with our food and beverage staff in preparation of all menus.

What happens after treatment?

We believe success in addiction recovery is greatly influenced by the total continuum of care. Once a patient has completed drug rehabilitation at a facility, the journey has only just begun. Routine, access and social pressures often wear away at a rehabilitated addict when they return home. Knowing this, we have invested in post-treatment care, or aftercare, where our patients who have completed drug rehab can reintegrate with the broader world in a safe, nurturing environment.

Consider these questions when comparing drug addiction recovery centers. In this stressful time, we hope you find a rehab center that provides your loved one with the best chance of long-term recovery. If you’re considering The Recovery Village, review the video below, and contacts us if you think we might be able to help. We may be able to assist you if you are looking for drug rehab treatment in Rochester to other cities across the country.


Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap between Science and Practice. New York, NY: National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia). 2012.

Diet and substance use recovery. University of Maryland Medical Center. Last revised: 2/24/2014. Accessed: December 28, 2015.

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). National Institute on Drug Abuse website. Updated December, 2012. Accessed December 29, 2015.

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January 6th 2016 | By: The Recovery Village | Posted In: Rehab