What Should You Look For In A Treatment Program?

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Updated 08/04/2023

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When you’re looking for a treatment center either for yourself or a loved one, you want to make sure you find the right treatment program that’s best overall fit. Naturally, you’re going to have a bunch of questions regarding the types of treatments available, as well as certain amenities that are included in the program.

Effective treatment programs will not only be equipped to help handle the initial detox stages, but also be able to help diagnose and treat co-occurring symptoms, and help to ease the transition into a life of sobriety.

Below we highlight the main considerations you’ll want to take into account when choosing the right addiction treatment program.

What To Look For In A Treatment Program

Not every rehab center will be the right fit for you or a loved one. Since there are multiple methods to treat substance abuse issues, there will be multiple styles of therapy to fit your personal background. Regardless of the style of treatment program, you’re seeking, there are various options for you to consider. The questions below will help you to determine what kind of treatment programs to consider.

1. Is The Program Accredited and Licensed?

The program you choose will need to be licensed and accredited by local state health standards. Beyond the facility itself, you’ll also want to make sure the trained professionals on staff are also well-trained and licensed across their respective fields.

2. How Effective Is The Treatment Program?

When researching specific addiction treatment centers it’s a good idea to look into their overall success rate. Most programs will have statistics or testimonials listed on their website that show just how effective their treatment really is. You’d hate to enter an untested program only to find yourself back at a rehab facility months or week later.

3. Are Aftercare and Any Additional Services Offered?

Does the treatment program have the means to support you once you’ve finished the initial treatment?

Aftercare and integration services are just as important as the initial detox support. It’s important that the facility you choose offers way to help you integrate into a newfound sober life. Without this ongoing support, it’s all too easy to relapse.

Take Note Of Your Needs

It’s important to choose a treatment program that has extensive experience treating people with similar issues. To choose the right program take stock of your own needs, or the needs of a loved one.

For instance, some people will respond best to an immersive treatment program offered by a live-in facility, while others will prefer to attend a local facility, so they can continue to go to school or work through the duration.

Consider the questions below in relation to your addiction and qualified treatment options:

  • Have you been to any treatment programs in the past? What did and didn’t work?
  • Do you have any co-occurring mental health disorders like depression or anxiety?
  • Do you need to continue to work throughout the duration?
  • Does your addiction require acute medical support?
  • Are the methods being used scientifically validated?
  • Do you prefer individual or group therapy and treatment?

Treatment Programs for Co-Occurring Disorders

In some instances, you may need to treat additional disorders that are either caused by your addiction, or are the reason your substance abuse problem exists in the first place. It’s important to treat these symptoms concurrently with your addiction in order to prevent relapse.

When you’re living with a co-occurring disorder, such as depression, anxiety, personality disorder, schizophrenia, and others, it makes it that much more difficult to stay clean and sober.

Most of the symptoms you experience will only be worsened by drugs and alcohol. At The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, we offer treatment of your co-occurring disorder along with drug and alcohol treatment.

The treatment program you choose will depend upon the severity of your symptoms, and your preferred method of treatment. If you or a loved one is seeking out the best treatment program possible, then get in touch with our team today to discuss your options.


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