12 Questions to Ask Your Treatment Center

With everything in the news about the addiction industry and finding a reputable program for drug treatment centers we felt it necessary to help you and your family in determining a program that is right for you. With the internet, many of your searches will lead you to centers that have unethical practices and are preying on unsuspecting and uneducated families who are in the middle of a crisis. And in this dire time for your family, the last thing you want to worry about is where you are sending your loved one or yourself.

Our first tip is to consult family friends and the medical providers in your life. They usually have good suggestions and know of a good place for your loved one based on their expertise. If you do use the internet, make sure when you discover a program you’re interested in, you visit its website and call its direct number. Do NOT rely on a call center or a treatment directory website. And finally, educate yourself on what to look for in a trustworthy recovery program. Here are some questions to ask which will help you during this process.

 

  1. How long has the program been in operation? Providers in operation over 10 years typically aren’t seeking quick profits.

 

  1. Is the program licensed by the state?

 

  1. Is the program accredited by the Joint Commission, an independent, nonprofit that certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States, or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international nonprofit accreditor of health and human services?

 

  1. Is the program a part of the national trade organization for addiction treatment, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers? Are they contributing to the community, including taking the NAATP ethics pledge, which has been in place for five years?

 

  1. Is the program in network or out of network? For-profit or nonprofit? While not all out of network or for-profit providers are bad, it’s nearly impossible to be dishonest from a billing standpoint if you’re in network with insurance payers.

 

  1. How frequently does the program perform lab testing like urine drug screens? Does the program have financial ownership or receive incentives from the lab company?

 

  1. Does the program have a family component or family participation? Is there an extra charge for this service?

 

  1. What levels of care does the program provide?

 

  1. Does the program have placement criteria? Do they refer patients to alternative facilities when they don’t fall into their area of expertise? What are those criteria?

 

  1. Does the program offer airline tickets, free rent or other incentives? Offers of free rent or other benefits may be evidence of illegal patient brokering or in some states fraudulent inducement.

 

  1. Does the program have a strong alumni base? Do they offer alumni services such as aftercare?

 

  1. If seeking a sober home, are referral fees paid to the sober home from a treatment center if residents enroll at that center? If so, it suggests the presence of an illegal kickback scheme.

GateHouse Treatment of New Hampshire is an all men’s facility with almost 10 years experience helping males with addiction through drug treatment centers. The drug and alcohol treatment men receive here offers structure, therapy, and education in a safe and supportive environment. We take addiction seriously at GateHouse Treatment.  Read on to discover what our approach can do for you or your loved one for attending drug addiction treatment center help  . You can learn more at our website.