As you search for a substance use disorder treatment facility, here are some questions you will want to ask before choosing where to receive treatment.

Choosing a treatment center for a substance use or mental health disorder can be a tough and important step in the treatment process. Recognizing that you need treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders is often difficult enough. 

During your search for a substance use disorder treatment facility, it benefits you to consider the impact your treatment experience can have on your recovery. Here are some questions you will want to ask before choosing where to receive treatment. 

1. Is the treatment facility licensed and accredited?

You want to make sure the facility you choose is accredited and licensed to treat people with substance addictions and mental health disorders. Properly-accredited facilities are committed to quality treatment. They focus on the unique needs of each patient the facility treats and will safely monitor the results of their provided services. To check to see if the treatment center you’re considering is accredited and licensed, you can search the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

2. What credentials does the staff hold?

When deciding on a treatment center to enroll in, it’s important to research both the medical and clinical staff. At The Recovery Village, our staff is highly skilled with many years of experience in the fields of substance use and mental health disorders. Each staff member’s expertise addresses the needs of the patient to treat their mind, body and spirit through a collaborative approach.

3. What kind of treatment programs does the facility offer?

Often the most difficult part of choosing a treatment center is navigating through the various treatment programs and deciding which option is best. Examples of different programs include medical detoxinpatient treatmentpartial hospitalization programintensive outpatient (IOP)outpatient rehab and dual diagnosis. The Recovery Village offers all of these programs and uses various types of therapy in these programs. Some of the therapies The Recovery Village use are cognitive behavioral therapydialectical behavioral therapy, individual/group therapyintensive therapy, 12-step theories, motivational interviewing and insight-oriented techniques.

4. How long are the programs?

Most people choosing a treatment facility want to know the duration of the treatment program. The most common length of a substance addiction treatment program is 28 days. However, in some instances, it may take longer for some people. Recovery is a lifelong process, and everyone’s recovery is unique.

5. How much does treatment cost at this center?

The cost of treatment can vary depending on what type of insurance you have, the kind of treatment you’re seeking, the length of the treatment and the type of rehab facility you enroll in. The cost of rehab may feel overwhelming, but you can compare it to what you have already spent on the substance that you need treatment for. Ultimately, living a healthy life is a priceless benefit of treatment.

6. Does this treatment facility accept my health insurance?

Accepted insurance plans vary at each treatment facility. At The Recovery Village, our representatives will work with you and your insurance provider directly to ensure your plan covers the treatment you need. There also may be options for people who don’t have insurance.

7. Will my individual needs be met?

The answer to this question is dependent on what treatment center you choose. It’s important to do your research to make sure the facility you choose can accommodate you and your individual needs. The Recovery Village’s goal is to accommodate each client and their family’s individualized needs.

8. Does the treatment program involve a 12-step program?

A lot of treatment centers use 12-step programs, including The Recovery Village. If 12-step programs appeal to you, you can usually view the treatment programs a facility offers on their website.

9. What role does nutrition play in your recovery programs?

Nutrition plays an important part in the drug rehabilitation process. 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.

10. Does the treatment facility offer aftercare?

An effective treatment program can make you feel transformed on every level. The coping skills learned in treatment can be utilized in aftercare, allowing patients to continually build a healthier life. Aftercare is one of the most important stages of the treatment process. At The Recovery Village, your treatment team will work on identifying the skills you’ll need to continue recovery after you’ve completed your treatment program.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder and a co-occurring disorder, help is available. If you need help finding a treatment center, call and speak with our representatives about treatment options. The call is free, confidential and there is no obligation to enroll.

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Melissa Carmona puts years of writing and editing experience to work helping people understand substance abuse, addiction and mental health disorders. Read more
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Medically Reviewed By – Eric Patterson, LPC
Eric Patterson is a licensed professional counselor in the Pittsburgh area who is dedicated to helping children, adults, and families meet their treatment goals. Read more
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