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According the National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIH) there are over 14,500 drug alcohol programs in the U.S.
If you have been looking for the ideal program for yourself or a loved one, it can be nearly impossible to find good honest information.
This list is based on our staff’s 20 years of experience, knowledge and insights within the treatment, recovery world. It was created specifically to help people looking for great treatment programs, find them quickly and easily. It is based on in-depth research. They are all inpatient, 30-day type, residential programs.
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Each program treats alcoholism and addiction as diseases. The criteria included staff quality, individualized programs, success rate, living facilities, reviews and overall integrity.
- Programs are listed in alphabetical order by name.
- Each program’s name is linked to their website.
- All are accredited by JCAHO
With over so many treatment centers in the United States, how does someone know whether a program is really any good? Each of the programs on our list was selected based on the overall quality of their program. Here is a list of the other criteria:
- Accreditation (JCAHO or CARF)
- Evidence-Based Program
- Quality of Clinical Staff
- State-of-the-Art Treatment
- Individualized Plans
- Success Rate
- Co-Occurring Program
- Non-Profit Organization
- Compassionate Approach
- Good Reviews
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How To Pick The Right Program
Picking the right treatment center should be a well thought-out process. The affected person’s life is literally on the line. There is often a big difference between the top programs and all others.
- Obtain as much information from each facility you contact, as possible. This will make decision-making easier.
- Great programs have super staffs and provide more therapy.
Staying Closer To Home vs. Going Away To Rehab
Staying closer to home is a good option because a patient’s family should be involved in the treatment process. Sometimes, however, going away is something to be seriously considered. Patients are not “locked-down” meaning they have the right to walk out at anytime after detox.
If a program doesn’t offer a personalized treatment plan, it means they use a “cookie-cutter” approach. Addiction and alcoholism are symptoms of deeper issues. The only ways to overcome addiction is to uncover what is at the core of the problem and then treat it properly.
One thing often overlooked is the quality of staff. Be sure and ask about the staff’s level of education and experience. Therapists should have a masters level degree in behavioral science or social work. Ideally, the primary doctor should be board certified in addiction medicine.
Be sure and check the ratio of patients to therapists. It should be low so each therapist has enough time and energy to provide quality counseling to each client.
The vast majority of addicts and alcoholics have some other condition, besides substance abuse. When a person has both a substance abuse and psychiatric disorder, it is called a “co-occurring” condition (formerly dual diagnosis). Good programs have the mechanisms in place to accurately address psychiatric concerns. We recommend programs with a strong co-occurring program.
Look for a program that is a “good fit” for the individual’s needs. A good fit is a program that matches up with the specific needs of the person. For example, say the person has been diagnosed with or seems to suffer from depression. In this case look for a facility that has a strong co-occurring program.
The 12-steps originated by Alcoholics Anonymous, have been the industry philosophical standard for over fifty years. Most programs subscribe to AA’s 12 step model. The problem is it does not work for everyone. For some people, the 12 steps are not appropriate. If someone is a confirmed atheist or agnostic, for example, then a 12-step format is potentially a deterrent. Some facilities offer a non 12 step rehab alternative, using a secular, therapy-based model.
For those concerned about fraternization, gender specific programs provide male or female-only options.
There are faith-based facilities in the United States, most of them are Christian.
Adolescent programs treat only clients under the age of 18. They teach confidence, reliance and often promote a connection with nature. Some treat adolescents only, while others offer both adult and adolescent services.
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