5 Questions to Ask Your Treatment Center

Posted by Jackson Bentley on May 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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When making the commitment to enter a treatment center, it’s important to do the proper research and comparisons online. Before entering into rehab, you should follow a checklist and do your due diligence in selecting the best possible center and location to match your needs. Use this list to ensure that you are partnering with a treatment provider that can ensure quality, effectiveness, and affordability.


Important Questions To Ask Your Treatment Center


1. What kind of accreditation does the facility have?

This is the first and most important thing to check before checking into rehab. The two major accreditation groups associated with treatment centers are the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission. CARF is a non-profit accreditation body that accounts for roughly 31 percent of all behavioral health services in the U.S. The Joint Commission is the nation’s largest accrediting body for hospitals and medical facilities, and the second largest for addiction rehabilitation programs.

Other programs are also available to seek accreditation, through organizations such as the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. These and other certification programs continually update their standards based on the latest supported frameworks for recovery. In addition to certification from one of these third parties, the treatment center should also be individually licensed by the states they are located in.


2. What credentials do the program staff hold?

Ensuring that you are being treated by qualified professionals is another necessity. Some of the credentials to look out for include LADC (licensed alcohol and drug counselor) LPC (licensed professional counselor), CAC (certified addictions counselor), or CCDP (certified co-occurring disorders counselor). At Landmark Recovery, our staff contains fully licensed addiction counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and physicians trained in administering top of the line treatment for our patients.


3. What programs does the center offer?

Finding a facility with the right recovery programs is dependent on what your personal care needs are. If this is your first time considering rehab, call your prospective treatment center and inquire about the services they offer. At Landmark Recovery, we offer a wide variety of programs to encompass a broad swathe of individual needs.


Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (also known as IOP)  is a primary treatment program recommended by clinicians and medical staff for many individuals newly sober or in need of continuing resources about addiction. IOP may be recommended for those who do not need medically-supervised detox and also to those who completed a detox and residential drug and alcohol program.


Residential Inpatient

Residential Inpatient rehab offers a variety of different programs that take place as you live within the facilities of the treatment center. You can determine which programs are the most interesting. Centers should have structure and planned daily activities to keep patients actively engaged in their recovery. If needed, inpatient will begin with medically supervised detox, and possibly medication assisted recovery using intermediary drugs such as Suboxone, Methadone, or Vivitrol. Following this, patients will engage in regularly scheduled therapy and counseling. 



Individual counseling is a form of treatment based on one-on-one conversations with a trained therapist. You will have weekly therapy sessions with a therapist to help you understand the issues that led to your drug or alcohol addiction. Our dedicated therapists use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which focuses on identifying and eradicating unhelpful thoughts and beliefs. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a useful modality to enhance your motivation and teach you how to manage your emotions more effectively. In addition to individualized therapy, you will also have daily group therapy sessions that enable you to interact with others struggling with addictions to drugs or alcohol.


Alumni Program

For many, leaving the security of rehab can be one of the hardest parts of recovery. Our experienced alumni consultants will make the ease of transitioning back to home less stressful. Ongoing alumni meetings will provide invaluable support to help you move forward and stay strong. Alumni are encouraged to attend monthly meetings led by a certified life coach to impart coping skills and recovery knowledge. Personal follow-up is maintained through email, phone, and the alumni newsletter to ensure that you have ongoing resources and dedicated support.


4. What Payment Options Are Available?

A piggy bank with coins. Many individuals determine their ideal treatment center based on their available finances.

There are some insurance providers that will help to cover a portion, or all of your treatment. Here are some cost breakdowns associated with the different levels of treatment.



Typically medical detoxification ranges from $1,000 to $1,500. However, many inpatient rehabs will include detox (if it’s needed) in the cost of their whole program. This level of treatment is determined based on the severity of the addiction.


Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient typically cost around $6,000 for a 30-day program, but some centers charge up to $20,000 or higher. For programs that last roughly 6-90 days, the total average cost can range from $12,000 - $60,000


Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient treatment typically involve less time commitment and overall effort, and are therefore cheaper than inpatient. Costs can range from $5,000 - $10,000 for a three month program. The cost depends on the facility and the ancillary programs available.

Talk to your insurance provider and find out what forms of treatment may be covered under your current insurance plan. Also make sure to double check on the treatment center website or with an admissions consultant to find out if they accept your insurance.



5. What Kind of Alumni/Post Release Program Do They Have?

As any recovering addict will tell you, one of the most important parts of recovery is the continued monitoring and maintenance of sobriety. This is best achieved by participating in a treatment center alumni program that actively encourages participation. It should also have recurring instances of meetups and continual check ins to see how you are doing. Talk with admissions representatives about their alumni program, and see if you can speak to the center’s alumni.



Next Steps

At Landmark Recovery, with our treatment center we believe in putting our patients’ needs first. When you have decided that you are ready to take your life back, and beat your addiction, we are here for you. Living a life free from the influence of mind altering substances is the ultimate goal of the whole staff at Landmark Recovery. If you’re interested in learning more about an effective drug and alcohol rehab center, contact the team at Landmark Recovery.



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