Choosing a drug rehab facility can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may look for an attractive or informative website, responsive staff or a referral from a trusted friend as some ways to tell that a facility offers quality care. But how do you know which facilities will follow through on their promises to meet your needs while in treatment? The choice of rehab facility is extremely important, and you want to be confident you’re making the right one.
What Does Accreditation Mean?
Accreditation by an industry organization may not seem like an important factor to consider when choosing a facility for rehab, but it can be an important indicator of whether the facility has met industry standards and has a track record of providing quality care.
Accreditation for a rehab facility means that the facility has met the standards set by the accrediting organization, which represent a high standard of care. The accrediting organization has typically inspected the facility, met with administrators there, and obtained key information about treatment methods and record-keeping that allow the organization to evaluate the facility.
While various organizations accredit rehab facilities, they have one key goal in common, namely industry-recognized standards for quality care and treatment that must be met for accreditation to be earned. While a drug rehab facility may offer the best quality care available, if they are not accredited, there is no independent body vouching for the quality, safety, and reliability of the facility.
Accreditation Shows Commitment to Care
Accreditation signifies that all aspects required for quality rehab have been met and that nothing has slipped through the cracks. Accreditation agencies check not only all the aspects of the treatment itself, but other aspects of a safe facility like maintenance and upkeep of buildings and food safety, which also contribute to the treatment experience. Pursuing accreditation means that a facility takes its commitment to the treatment community seriously and wants to be recognized as having met industry standards in every aspect of its care.
While reviews sometimes highlight very good or very poor experiences with a treatment facility, they can sometimes fail to tell you what your experience will likely be. In addition to reading reviews, you could take a tour of a prospective facility, but many times the need for treatment is immediate. Looking at accreditation is instant, but is backed up by assurances of quality care by the accrediting organization. Therefore, accreditation of a rehab facility is even more important when you must make your decision quickly.
Many local resources have been strained by the opioid epidemic and other immediate treatment needs, but The Recovery Village Palmer Lake and other Recovery Village locations are working together to address the needs of those with substance abuse disorder in surrounding areas. Recovery Village locations are accredited by the Joint Commission and provide the highest quality care for those who need it. For more information, contact The Recovery Village.