After reading “Inside Rehab” – a book revolving around drugs rehab centers, written by Anne Fletcher – a colleague wanted to visit one of the facilities in California to see what exactly happens there. Intrigued by the content of the book, which revealed the good and bad side of a rehab center, he was keen on unravelling the modus operandi and the state of drug addiction rehabilitation in California. All rehab centers vie for your attention, but not each of those is at the same level when it comes to quality, treatment facilities and cost-effectiveness.
There are approximately 22 million addicts in the U.S. out of which only 10 percent go for treatment or receive the required care. The apathy is due to a lack of knowledge. They don’t know where to go and what to expect in a drug rehab center. As per the ‘National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University’, the dismal state of drug rehabs is due to poor knowledge base of counsellors and an absence of ‘national credentialing’ to educate them and not adhering to best practices by most of them. Another problem area is the 12-step program followed by all of them. This ‘one size fits all’ program might not suit each individual as treatment modules vary from person to person.
What to expect from an ideal rehab center?
Accreditation is the foremost differentiator while you are looking for a quality drug rehab center. Even the most flourishing drug addiction rehabilitation centers in the country may not have the requisite accreditation. Look for a rehab center approved by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or the JCAHO. It is one of the bona fide and coveted institutions to provide certification to the cream of the crop rehab centers. Rest assured, an addict can expect to undergo the best treatment in such centers.
Good Counsellors and Doctors
A quality counsellor or doctor is the spine of any drug rehab center. Apart from counselling, a good doctor also prescribes medicines while treating an addict. Always check the antecedents of personnel working in a rehab. Proper administering of medicine is a crucial area of treatment in drugs rehab which ensures a faster recovery. A qualified doctor is an indispensable part of a drug rehabilitation center.
State-of-the-art infrastructure with world-class equipment and facilities is another important aspect you should look for in a rehab. It should commensurate the amount of money spent on the treatment. For an inpatient who has to spend sufficient time in a rehab center, the infrastructure and facilities matter a lot. Comfort is a necessity rather than a luxury for a patient who has to deal with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms during treatment in a rehab center.
The cost of treatment is another vital aspect to be considered before enrolling in a rehab for de-addiction. A quality rehab center will always offer you a competitive package when you enrol for a drug rehab program.