The search for a clinically-driven trauma-focused substance use and mental health center can be an overwhelming process. Finding the right treatment center is crucial to ensure that your loved one’s needs are being met as they begin the journey of healing.
During this difficult time, it is important to keep several key indicators in mind.
Licensed and Accredited Program
One place to start is by checking to see if a program is licensed by their home state. This means that the program will need to follow federal guidelines and regulations put into place to ensure the best care of your loved one.
While searching for a treatment center, look for a program to be accredited through an agency carefully monitoring care, such as CARF or JCAHO. The accrediting bodies promote quality, value, and optimal outcomes through continuous improvements through their consultative accreditation processes.
Multidisciplinary Clinical Team
An experienced clinical team is essential in the search for a program that fits you or your loved one’s needs. A master’s level clinical team licensed in both clinical addictions and mental health will best understand your loved one’s needs. Working with a fully-licensed clinical team can help you or your loved one be supported in the issues you are dealing with, whether that’s substance use, trauma, or mental health. When a team that can showcase different specializations on how to approach an individual’s treatment process, the outcomes for sustainable recovery are always better.
Recovery is not only about the individual struggling with substance use, trauma, and mental health issues. A program that offers an in-depth family program that runs parallel to you or your loved one’s treatment process can support the entire family unit. Look to see what the program offers for clinical services for the family members as well. Healing of the entire family system is critical for the progress of the family unit.
Length of Treatment Stay
Research has shown that longer treatment stays result in better chances of sustained recovery. When we look at the amount of growth that can happen in a day, in a week, in a month, in a year, we are amazed at the difference more time can do.
Outcome Study and Research
Data-based research is necessary in order to track the effectiveness of a treatment program on a client’s sustained recovery. Outcome studies and research assess and track a client’s therapeutic response while they navigate recovery programs, sober living environments, and re-entry into their communities. Learn more about our outcome study.
Staying connected after the treatment experience is an important piece of recovery. It creates a sense of trust and understanding. Alumni staying connected to other alumni help keep one another in touch with not only how far they have grown in their process, but how far they can go in their future.