We’ve applied the suggestions outlined on this page to select the best drug rehab centers in each state.
Below is a list of criteria we believe will help you make the most informed decision on which inpatient rehab is right for you. It is important to do your research, especially as the decision to get sober is such an important and potentially life-changing choice.
The Joint Commission (JCAHO) is a non-profit organization that assesses healthcare organizations and programs based on a set of standards. It is difficult to receive the Gold Seal accreditation from them as this requires the utmost quality of care and signifies that an addiction treatment center meets the highest standards for patient care. There are over 250 standards used to evaluate facilities, some of which focus on:
Finding a center with the Gold Seal from The Joint Commission means that you will be receiving drug or alcohol addiction treatment from an organization that not only has quality services in place but is also committed to continuously improving upon those services to maintain the highest level of care possible.
While a Joint Commission accreditation is one of the best, and should play into your decision on picking a specific treatment center, you can also look for CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) certifications or NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers) certifications as well. These are both well-respected healthcare accreditation organizations, and a certification from any of these organizations is a very good sign.
When looking for a inpatient drug & alcohol rehab center, it is important to consider the quality of care that their staff provides. The lower the client-to-staff ratio is, the higher quality of care you should receive from your specific clinician. This means that the fewer clients a clinician is in charge of, the better able they are to spend time addressing your specific needs in a focused and personalized way. Ideally, you want to look for a treatment facility with no more than 10 clients to one staff member in order to comfortably feel that you are receiving the comprehensive care that is so helpful to successful treatment.
Mental health conditions can be classified in a variety of ways, and it is important to understand those classifications when searching for a rehab to treat your co-occurring substance abuse. These classifications include:
It can sometimes be confusing to experience substance abuse alongside a co-occurring mental health condition, especially if that condition was previously undiagnosed, making it difficult to know which came first. If you are unsure whether or not you suffer from a specific mental health disorder, undergoing a psychological evaluation is a necessary step towards choosing the right rehabilitation center and the right treatment plan for you. You can find a comprehensive list of dual diagnosis treatment centers here
Most recovery websites will list the services they offer for the mental health conditions that they treat, but it can also be helpful to call the facility and ask them specifically how many people they treat with your specific condition alongside substance abuse, what mental health professionals they employ that specializes in your specific needs, and what services they offer that target your condition.
Surrounding yourself with trained medical professionals is equally as important as being around people recovering from the same conditions as you are. And honestly, sometimes it helps to hear it from someone who struggled with addiction just like you rather than sitting in a chair listening to someone tell you how to feel, in their expert opinion because they have a degree. Treatment is most successful when you are surrounded by people you can trust and who understand and respect you, not who look down on the choices you’ve made.
You also want to look at how many different types of professionals work at that specific treatment center. The most effective team is one that incorporates a variety of people from all different backgrounds, like:
“A combination of people from different medical, therapeutic, and wellness backgrounds specializing in different treatment options are going to give you your best chance at a successful journey through the treatment process and early recovery.”
Though some inpatient rehabs focus treatment around the 12-step program and other faith-based techniques, and though these can be helpful to some people and to some degree, it is critical to receive treatment at a facility that focuses on evidence-based treatments. The best centers will use a combination of the most effective and up-to-date techniques possible. Consider the following:
Evidence-based treatments are critical to success, as these methods are proven to benefit recovery. These types of programs provide interventions and different treatment techniques to effectively treat substance abuse and co-occurring mental health conditions alongside one another, providing clients with the best outlook for sobriety.
Holistic therapies are a critical piece of substance abuse treatment. Not only can they reduce stress and help with cravings, but they can also provide positive, healthy coping mechanisms that can be used well after treatment is over. Holistics can bridge that gap between treatment and long-term recovery. Look for treatment centers that provide:
The best inpatient drug treatment centers will offer these services and more on-site. If the facility you’re looking at claims to be near a horse farm or has connections to a yoga studio or offers discounts for chiropractic care nearby, then they most likely do not offer holistic services on-site and may not be your best option. You want to seek treatment from a center that incorporates all of their services under one roof, led by a team of people you already know and trust, and you want to be somewhere that holistic treatments are easy to access.
Pay attention to whether or not the company responds to any of the reviews, too. The best treatment centers will listen to their clients and improve upon the things that their clients either didn’t like or wish they had more of. Active participation shows that they care enough to make their client’s voices feel heard.
Entire experience was great . The entire staff was knowledgeable and helpful. My therapist Mary helped me uncover a lot of hidden emotions. Enjoyed sessions with Jack, Michelle, Amy and Aaron. I especially liked trigger point and yoga therapy, very holistic approach to recovery.
I love it here so far the PHP is a great day program and the people here are so kind and supportive. Makes a great environment to share and grow as a group along with having good laughs with Dustin and being welcomed by Michelle every morning really makes it a great way to start and end the day. Along with the kind and understanding therapist the environment here is so welcoming and really makes it a great place for recovery!
Though this is not the most important measure of the quality of care a facility can provide, the length of time a treatment facility has been open can point out some things that should be taken into consideration.
If a facility has been open for 30 years and only has a few reviews and most of them are not that great and they have little to no accreditations, this can indicate that there is little emphasis placed on growing and changing. You want to go to a treatment facility that is always going to strive to implement the most up-to-date and most effective treatments available. Likewise, if a treatment center just opened yesterday and has no accreditations, and you are in the thick of crystal meth addiction with co-occurring bipolar disorder, it is probably better to seek help from a treatment group that is experienced in your specific areas of need.
Some other questions to ask yourself when choosing a rehab include:
If a treatment center guarantees to “cure” your substance abuse or mental health conditions, they are probably not the place you want to go. Unfortunately, substance abuse and mental illnesses are things that require ongoing care. They aren’t conditions that can be cured. You can get sober and live a life of recovery for the rest of your life, but there may a little bit of an internal struggle and there will always be some mental health side effects that require extra work throughout one’s life. If a treatment center is promising a one-time fix to all your problems, they are already showing that they don’t have your best interest at heart.
It is also best to steer clear of places that guarantee quick success and rapid detox. The road to recovery is often a long process that requires time and care. If rushed, the risk of relapse is inevitable and can lead to dangerous consequences. There have been documented cases of rapid detox programs resulting in fatalities and other serious negative outcomes. Detox is an extremely critical phase of recovery, and promising a rapid detox can actually be life-threatening.