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How to Choose a Rehab Center

There are many drug rehab facilities and mental health treatment centers, but not all are created equal. It is vital that you know what to look for in order to make the right decision for your needs and recovery.

Treatment Centers Are Unique

Before you commit to a program, it’s important to do your research to be sure you will get the highest level of care in a safe and healthy environment where professional and effective methods are used. Every treatment center is different. The best facilities are clean and well-lit spaces that are safe, comfortable, warm, and inviting. They will also offer varying levels of care such as inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs.

Services and treatment levels differ from facility to facility. The best rehabilitation facilities will offer the most effective and tried-and-true treatment methods in the industry – psychotherapy, lifestyle counseling, support group meetings, stress management, and relapse prevention strategies. A competent treatment center will have qualified, professional counselors on staff who conduct regular sessions with their clients. These may be one-on-one, cognitive-behavioral, family, or group therapy sessions.

Facility Staff

Not every facility has a professional staff working with your best interests in mind. A top facility should answer any and all of your questions before, during, and after your recovery. The best facility for you will have qualified, capable, and caring staff members who are ready to effectively help and encourage you.  It is also a good idea to choose a program where you have access to feedback from previous participants of the program. This can give you a better idea about their reputation, staff, and client satisfaction.

Licensing and Accreditation

Not every drug rehab facility is accredited. Choose a facility with the necessary state licensing, as well as accreditation by a reliable accreditation firm such as The Joint Commission or the Florida Department of Children and Families. Accredited facilities are not all identical, but they have all met certain criteria for both methods of treatment and the facility itself. The Joint Commission accreditation process consists of an independent and unbiased review of rehab facilities and practices. This review is then compared to national statistics and only the highest quality facilities are given the gold seal of accreditation. The standards for certification are very strict and must be accompanied by a track record of exceptional patient success and quality patient care. Joint Commission accredited rehab facilities must continue to meet these standards on an ongoing basis to remain accredited. When you see the Joint Commission and Florida Department of Children and Families seal, you can be assured that you’re looking at a high-quality drug addiction treatment center that provides excellent care.

Aftercare Services

Some facilities do not offer aftercare services and for those who do offer them, they may vary from facility to facility. Quality aftercare services include alumni support group meetings, job interview training, and alumni activities. Choose a facility that offers a number of aftercare services so that after you complete your program you’ll have a strong source of support and guidance to help prevent a relapse.

Gender-Specific Treatments

In the past, specialists in the addiction treatment field began to notice a number of problems with treating both men and women in the same group. Often, men and women had different issues to deal with in counseling sessions. Women often dealt with domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and economic issues. Men were often dealing with self-image, issues of aggression, and had a greater reluctance to deal with deep emotional issues.

Men and women differed in the frequency of relapse, as well as the circumstances surrounding their relapses. Women relapsed less frequently than men, and they often experienced negative feelings preceding the relapse. Men were relapsing about a third more often than women, and their relapses were often preceded by positive feelings of optimism and control¹. The evidence indicated that each gender might benefit from specific types of treatment to help them prepare for maintaining sobriety in normal life.

Because of the cultural roles of men in western society, they often come to substance abuse treatment with certain needs. Men may find certain types of therapy less helpful than others. For example, therapies that focus on introspection and talking through issues are often less effective for men than therapies that address specific thought patterns and related behaviors. Men tend to be less comfortable revealing their emotions, either in individual or group counseling. They may require additional time and encouragement to explore their feelings. Issues of male sexual abuse are often overlooked in traditional mixed-gender treatment settings and these sensitive matters can be handled more openly in single-gender settings¹.

The roles of women are complex, as society places judgment and specific expectations on them in the home, at work, in the family, and in the community. Female clients are much more likely to have dual diagnoses than male clients. A dual diagnosis is when a person suffers from addiction as well as at least one accompanying mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety. Many women that come to treatment are also suffering from trauma, abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, postpartum depression, stress, and fear. A treatment center that caters to both men and women side by side will never be able to give these specific women’s health issues the time and attention they deserve.



  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK144290/



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