Selecting the right treatment center can be challenging; with so many options, locations, price points, programs, healthcare teams and more, you want to make an intelligent, informed decision on where you obtain your care. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) emphasizes, the treatment center you select should focus on treating the whole person, not just the mental illness or addiction. Additionally, you should be sure to confirm that your treatment center specializes in dual diagnosis – otherwise known as having more than one mental illness and/or addiction at the same time – because your mental and/or physical health could be compromised if both disorders are not treated accordingly. If you’ve been contacting various treatment centers, keep the following tips in mind:
- Visit several places to determine which one gives you the best feel overall
- Identify accreditations the treatment center has
- Research reviews and success rates
- Have questions prepared so that you can feel well informed
- Select a treatment center based on a variety of factors, including: atmosphere, comfort, program options, expertise, price/insurance coverage, location, etc.
- Discover how each treatment center approaches mental illness or addiction; do they believe that medicine fixes everything, or do they prefer to offer medicine and holistic services?
- Select the first treatment center you visit because their price is affordable or because you don’t want to research other places
- Move forward with a treatment center without knowing their approach to treatment, their expertise levels, and their track record of success
- Meet with various treatment centers and not obtain information or take any notes
- Show up unprepared
- Forget to take in the comfort and atmosphere of the center, as this could be a place that you call “home” for a few weeks or months if you go into a residential program
- Assume that all treatment centers are the same
A reputable treatment center should provide you with the support you need to feel as though beginning a program is a seamless process – someone should be willing to work with you from start to end. Do research on your list of treatment centers beforehand; preparation can never be substituted for having a piece of mind.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.