Use the following questions as a checklist to help you evaluate and compare the treatment centers that you are considering.
Questions about how the program is designed and what it includes:
- What is the goal of the addiction treatment program? What is the philosophy behind it?
- Is the treatment program customizable for individual patients’ needs?
- Does the program address my full range of needs, including my medical, psychological, spiritual, social, and health and wellness needs?
- Which therapeutic models or theories are used in your treatment program? E.g. cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), medication assisted therapy (MAT), mindfulness, prolonged exposure therapy (PET).
- Which medical services are available if patients need them? E.g. supervised detoxification or assistance with pain management.
- What activities are part of the program? E.g. individual counseling, group counseling, 12-step programs, art therapy.
- Are extra services or activities available through the program, such as massage therapy or fitness programs?
- (If applicable) is the treatment program designed to treat an addiction disorder together with a concurrent psychological disorder?
Questions about the program’s efficacy and quality of service at the treatment center:
- Have there been studies to measure the effectiveness of the program’s addiction treatment methods? What is the program’s success rate?
- Which licenses, certifications, and accreditation are held by the treatment center and its staff?
- Does the treatment center have staff members who have experience dealing with my specific disorder or combination of concurrent disorders?
- What is the ratio of patients to staff?
- What is the environment and culture like at the treatment center?