Choosing an opioid treatment center for yourself or someone you love can be a daunting task. The rise of the opioid epidemic and the increase in substance abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in an influx of new, self-proclaimed opioid rehab centers whose marketing claims are less than trustworthy. Sorting through the hype to find an effective, proven treatment option can be confusing.
We offer a helpful checklist of questions to ask about any program you are considering. At Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge (PAATC), we stand behind our list, as we can check all the boxes to assure you that we will provide demonstrated, top-quality treatment. Reach out to us any time with the list of questions below. We will gladly answer them as you begin the task of choosing an opioid rehab center. Call us at 844.442.8673 or use our online form.
The Opioid Addiction Treatment Center Checklist
When seeking a reputable opioid rehab program, asking specific and probing questions will get you to the truth and help you in your decision-making. Here is a comprehensive list:
What Credentials and Training Do the Clinical Staff Have?
Some staff may be seeking licensure under supervision or have independent licenses. Either option is fine. However, there should be some standard in place for the professionals on the staff of a qualified center. Some credentials for addiction treatment professionals are LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor), LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), CAC (Certified Addictions Counselor, or CCDP (Certified Co-occurring Disorders Counselor).
What Type of Accreditation or Licensing Does Your Treatment Center Have?
There are nonprofit accreditation organizations that base their accreditation on industry performance standards and proven results. State licensing varies by state as their licensing requirements differ.
Do You Use Evidence-Based Practices?
Proven treatment programs use principles of care that have been established by science-based research, such as:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- 12-step processes
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
Often, treatment centers will tailor each patient’s therapeutic treatment to their unique needs.
Do You Offer Mental Health Services?
Co-occurring disorders are common among those with opioid addiction. A professional mental health team’s presence allows for coordinated care of both addiction and the mental health diagnosis. This approach offers the most success for dual diagnoses.
Can You Provide Data Regarding Your Program’s Success Rates?
No opioid treatment center will legitimately claim 100% “cure rates,” but the best practice requires that a program collect data using research-based protocols.
Do You Have Medically Supervised Detox Services?
The safest and most successful start to rehab is an inpatient, medically monitored detox program. This service is an important factor when making your choice.
Do You Use a Multidisciplinary Team Approach?
A multidisciplinary care team will address mind, body, and spirit, tackling all aspects of the disease of opioid addiction. This team might include a medical doctor, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a nutritionist, a peer recovery coach, or a spiritual care counselor.
What Kind of Post-Rehab Programming and Support Do You Offer?
Reputable opioid rehab centers offer post-treatment options. This might include aftercare therapy, group support and events, phone-based coaching, and other resources.
Do You Offer Family Support?
Addiction is known as a family disease. Families need to heal and build trust just as the addicted person does. When the whole family is involved in some part of the process, recovery outcomes are improved.
Does My Insurance Cover Your Treatment?
The costs of rehab can be high, so finding a provider covered in-network by your insurance company is a practical step.
Signs of Opioid Addiction
If you believe that you or a loved one is in the grip of opioid addiction, please take steps to seek information and support. Below is a checklist of some warning signs.
- Withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the drug
- Loss of control over opioid use/cravings
- Weight loss
- Sleep disturbances/unexplained drowsiness
- Flu-like symptoms
- Lack of initiative/lethargy
- Lack of hygiene
- Decreased libido
- Decreased interest in once-important matters/people
- Financial difficulties
- Stealing from loved ones or businesses
If you can check off several of these, rehab is likely an important next step. Get treatment today by calling Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge today.
PAATC Is Here to Help
At Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge, we center our treatment around the core values of faith, compassion, dignity, and excellence. We are committed to helping those who suffer from the disease of addiction. Our goal is to help patients heal and move from dependence to independence to live meaningful and rewarding lives. Has your search to choose an opioid rehab center led you to look into Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge? If so, we guarantee you will find us to be reputable, compassionate, committed, and professional. Call us today at 844.442.8673 or fill out our simple online form.