There are nearly 15,000 rehab centers in the United States. Every one of them is different. While their goal to help people recover from addiction may be the same, how they accomplish that goal takes many different forms and methods. Some treatment programs have very specific offerings focused on certain types of drugs, while others have a larger, broader focus. Some programs are large, enrolling hundreds at a time, while others enroll only five to ten people at once. Certain treatment programs emphasize aftercare, while others invest heavily in peer support groups or intervention services. With all these options, you’ll need patience, research, time, and diligence to decide which treatment facility best fits your recovery needs. There are a lot of options, but the best rehab centers have a few things in common.
A Continuum of Recovery Levels
One of the first pieces of information you’ll come across in your search for a rehab center are the levels of care each center provides. You might find a center’s levels of care listed on their website, highlighted in a blog post, or advertised on the company’s social media pages. Every treatment center you encounter will have different levels of care. Look for centers that have a wide range of levels of care; what we call a continuum of care, from severe needs to more hands-off treatment.
Addiction treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. That means you’ll need to search for a rehab center that has different options that match the type of care you need. Even if a treatment center has a specific focus or specialization, the best will have several different levels of care that can help their clients move towards lasting recovery. For example, here at Meta Addiction Treatment, we focus on outpatient treatment. But within that, we offer three different levels of care: partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. This helps us provide you with customized care tailored to fit your ongoing recovery needs.
Experienced and Licensed Staff
After you’ve found a program that matches your recovery needs, make sure to ask about the staff members that will be working with you or your loved one. Are they licensed? How long have they been working with people living with addiction? How many people do they usually counsel or assist at a time? What certifications do they have? These questions are vital to recovery success and the best rehab centers will share this information without hesitation. Licensing and credentialing is especially important because customized and structured addiction treatment requires experienced, certified professionals. Successful rehab centers also employ therapists and medical personnel, too, all of whom should be licensed by their state of residence.
Addiction is a chronic disease. So those who work with people struggling with addiction need to have patience, warmth, compassion, and diligence in addition to expertise. You should always feel comfortable requesting the biographies of the treatment team from a prospective treatment center if they are not listed publicly on their site. If possible, you can also visit the center and request to meet members of the clinical team. This will help you determine if the treatment team is a good fit for your or your loved one’s needs.
Our team at Meta Addiction Treatment, for example, has more than 22 years of experience in dealing with addiction and behavioral health. But we are particularly compassionate because the majority of our executive team is in active recovery themselves.
Compatibility with Different Types of Insurance
Rehabilitation is expensive. Leading rehab centers know this and work with many different insurance companies to offset the cost and make treatment more accessible for more people. Most insurance plans do cover some level of addiction treatment, but not every rehab center takes every kind of insurance.
Here at Meta Addiction Treatment, we work with a range of insurance companies, including:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- United Healthcare
- Tufts Health Plan
- Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
A Focus on Underlying Issues
Most people seek addiction treatment due to a problem with substance use. But substance use itself is usually a symptom of deeper challenges. That’s why leading rehab centers focus on underlying issues that go beyond addiction. When treatment focuses on the challenges that fuel and trigger substance use, clients have a much greater chance at reaching successful long-term recovery.
This is a cornerstone of our approach at Meta. Our outpatient programs help discover, heal and treat underlying issues through activities including:
- Exploring your identity and personality
- Learning new life skills
- Discussing your family structure and roles
- Experiencing group and individual therapy
- Practicing mindfulness and meditation
A Holistic Approach to Health
Well-rounded rehab centers understand that true rehabilitation extends beyond sobriety and instead encompasses a complete, balanced, and healthy lifestyle. As a result, many leading centers use a holistic approach to client health. Usually, this approach includes activities that include:
- Managing your mental health
- Improving your diet
- Learning about nutrition
- Encouraging exercise
- Developing and maintaining healthy relationships
Strong Ongoing Support and Aftercare Activities
There is no cure for addiction. In fact, research shows that 40 to 60% of people in active recovery relapse. That’s because, after treatment, challenges and temptations don’t go away. They pop up time and time again, day after day. Luckily, aftercare activities can help promote long-term sobriety. The best rehab centers provide aftercare support and programs including:
- Alumni program
- Sober living homes
- 12-step programs
- Sobriety sponsors
- Ongoing group or individual therapy
Here at Meta Addiction Treatment, you’re in good hands even after you finish treatment. Our alumni receive ongoing support and access to our team long after they’ve completed the treatment program.
Testimonials and Case Studies
The goal of every reputable rehab program is to empower clients to continue their recovery on their own for the long term. At the same time, addiction is a disease without a cure. Relapse and other challenges happen. That’s why, when you’re evaluating programs, it’s important to ask for testimonials and case studies from past clients. How have program graduates navigated the real world? Where are they now? Testimonials provide valuable insights into the type of care clients receive at a particular program, as well as how effective the program was at providing that care. Here’s a portion of an endorsement for our program:
“A great thanks to Ari, Ed, and Dillion the creators of Meta Addiction Treatment! These men have become brothers and mentors in my life! Eight years ago, I was hopeless and lost but also ready to let go. I am eight years clean and sober, with a wife, three beautiful kids, and a successful business. I am now someone who can be relied upon and helpful to others!” – Luke N.
Leading rehab centers typically have national accreditation from independent third-party organizations such as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission. They will typically display this accreditation through visual badges on their website and marketing materials. Accreditation can talk a long time to secure, so newer facilities may not be accredited right away. If you’re unsure, just ask whether the program is accredited or whether they are in the process of being accredited.
Care You Can Trust
Here at Meta Addiction Treatment, we provide care that you can trust. We’re experienced, compassionate, and thoughtful, and we extend these values in every interaction we have with our clients. Our continuum of care provides the right fit for your recovery needs, and we provide access to ongoing care and support after you have completed outpatient treatment. Call us today at (978) 776-3206 to learn more about your recovery options. We’re ready to help you reach a long-term recovery path.