Struggling With Addiction? Tips On Finding Quality Treatment
North American Precis Syndicate
Treating addiction doesn't have to be something you do alone. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—It can be overwhelming and confusing to know where to start
if you need to find treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction. Addiction
touches nearly everyone in some way, yet there is no
one-size-fits all approach to effective treatment. With many addiction
treatment options, finding a program that will provide the quality care you
or your loved one needs to address their specific
addiction issues can be challenging. These steps will help you know what to
look for to find a treatment program that is high quality and tailored to
How Do You Find A Treatment
If you have insurance, a good first step is to contact your insurer. Ask
about your coverage and whether they have a network of preferred providers.
If you don’t have insurance, you still have access to quality care.
Each state has funding to provide treatment for people without insurance
coverage. Find out where to call for information about payment for services
What Should You Look For In A
Program Or Provider?
Quality treatment programs offer a full range of services accepted as
effective in treatment and recovery from addiction. Keep these points in mind
when weighing your options.
1. Accreditation: Make sure the
treatment program is licensed or certified by the state. This ensures the
provider meets basic quality and safety requirements. You should also check
that the program is accredited, which means it meets standards of care set by
a national, compliance organization. Be sure to ask the program to show you
how people using their services have rated them.
2. Evidence-Based Treatment:
Check to determine if the program offers effective and proven substance use
disorder treatments, such as medication management, cognitive behavioral
therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, education about the risks of drug and
alcohol use, and peer support. Quality treatment providers or programs offer
more than one form of effective treatment. Effective programs will also be
mindful of or address mental health and physical disorders that will affect
substance use treatment.
3. Medication: Confirm whether
the program offers FDA approved medication for recovery from alcohol and opioid use disorders. However, keep in mind that
currently, there are no FDA approved medications to help prevent relapse from
other problem substances.
4. Families: Family members
have an important role in understanding the impact of addiction on families
and providing support. Make sure the treatment program includes family
members in the treatment process.
5. Continuing Care: For many
people addiction requires ongoing medication and supports. Quality programs
provide treatment for the long term, which may include ongoing counseling or
recovery coaching and support, and helps in meeting other basic needs like sober
housing, employment supports, and continued family involvement.
Once you’ve identified a treatment program that meets the criteria
above, call for an appointment. Many programs provide walk-in services. If
they can’t see you or a family member within 48 hours, find another
provider. (It is important that the provider or program connect you to care
You can find more information about finding addiction treatment by
or calling the National Helpline at (800) 662-HELP (4357).
“With so many addiction treatment
options, finding a program that provides the quality care you or your loved
one needs to address addiction issues can be challenging. You get help from
the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. http://bit.ly/2vyqPkT”
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)