Weeding out the facts when choosing a Rehab Centre

Finding the right Rehab Centre for you is Important

The importance of filtering through the marketing, the ploys and the efforts from charlatans to entice you or a loved one into a less than favourable rehab centre is something you need to keep top of mind when making such an important life changing decision. Once you have found a potential Treatment Centre, you need to take further steps to ensure that you have chosen the right place.

Weeding out the facts when choosing a Best rehab centre is Houghton House Addiction CentresAt Houghton House Group of Treatment Centres, we pride ourselves in unequivocal transparency throughout our organisation and urge you to seek the same.  In saying that, we have put together a list of questions and topics to cover when discussing treatment options at a drug and alcohol rehab centre.

More than ever before, prospective patients need to have the tools at hand to decipher what is good and bad about a rehabilitation centre, before it is too late and you end up as a witness on a television show investigating the dodgy dealings of the centre you are checked into! Here are our important questions to ask along with the topics you should be considering when discussing a future check in at an addiction rehabilitation centre.


What paperwork do you have?

Like any legitimate organisation, a reputable drug rehab centre will have certification from The Department of Social Development with official documentation backing up the qualifications of the professional services offered at the Centre.
In addition, drug rehab centres need to be certified in order to advertise their programmes and services on Google and Facebook. This certification ensures that only legitimate treatment centres can advertise their services online.
Does your staff have the correct credentials?
As mentioned above, it is imperative that the people who treat those in need of rehabilitation are qualified. Licences and proof of credentials offer peace of mind that the services offered meet the minimum required for professional practice. If staff are not licenced, they may not be able to correctly treat you or a loved and could end up doing more damage than good.  Request proof of qualifications and tick that very important box immediately!


A rehab centre full of multidisciplinary specialists

The best inpatient substance abuse treatment programmes in South Africa will always involve a team of multidisciplinary specialists that can address every aspect of addiction namely the body, the spirit and the mind. The centre you are considering needs to include a mix of professionals who work in unison to create an individualised treatment plan specific to your needs.  Be aware of anyone who is a specialist in more than one field, as you typically want to be seen by licenced in their particular field. A multidisciplinary treatment team can/should encompass the following fields and have a professional in each field:

  1. Psychiatrist
  2. Nutritionist
  3. Nurses
  4. Wellness specialist
  5. Chemical dependency counsellor
  6. Psychologist
  7. Medical doctor
  8. Counsellor
  9. Occupational Therapist
  10. Do you offer Mental Health services?
  11. Spiritual care

It is well known that many people who are struggling with addiction also have a co-occurring mental health condition such as anxiety or depression present. To ensure that the right treatment (which treats the right disorders) is given, an accurate dual diagnosis is needed. Often, the most promising treatment for patients with a dual diagnosis incorporates care for addiction and the co-occurring mental health disorder simultaneously. This is impossible if the programme does not provide a mental health service.


Does your choice of rehab centre use evidence-based treatments?

Best rehab centre is Houghton House Addiction CentresEvidence-based treatment programmes are the most effective forms of treatment as they rely on empirical evidence proven through research backed by science. Check the format of the treatments on offer; if they are not backed by evidence, are they safe?
What is the success rate?


Why would you enrol in a treatment facility

That does not quantify, through its results, the effectiveness of its treatment?  Be wary of those who offer the “100% Success” rate claim, as success can be measured differently dependent on the provider. A good quality rehab centrefacility will offer results via data and all too often treatment outcomes are not measured by rehab providers or they’re measured inconsistently. Even the definition of treatment “success” can be different among providers. Be wary of rehab facilities who claim to have “the cure” or 100% success rates; these stats should be proven via data collected using agreed and widely available testing methods.


What Medical Aid/Insurance offerings are there?

Substance abuse treatment can be an expensive journey therefore you should ask what options the facility can provide which tie in with your existing insurance provider/medical aid. Simply saying on a brochure that the facility ‘works with medical aids’ is not good enough, get the details based on your individual needs.


Do you offer specialised programmes?

A good quality treatment programme is not a ‘one size fits all’ thing.  It is essential to find a facility where care is individualised and tailored, be it the allocation of targeted treatment for teens, gender-specific programmes, young adults or other types of specialised rehab. Many issues discussed during rehab can be a challenge if addressed in a mixed group.
How long the rehab programme and what post-treatment recovery support do you offer?
In rehabilitation, most often, progress determines the length of treatment. The idea is not to see treatment in terms of a number of days needed but rather the effectiveness of treatment as the indicator.  Some substance abuse programmes give an estimated time frame, but if progress isn’t made during that period, the length of time in treatment could be extended and you should be prepared for that as an eventuality. Search for programmes that offer multiple levels of rehab so that as you progress, you can step into a less-intense level of care.  Typically, addiction treatment involves a high level of support and care. When drug rehab ends and you’re back in the world, on your own it’s important to have a rehab centre support system set up to help prevent relapse. A good treatment facility will offer a number of post-treatment options; find out what they are before you make a decision.


Is there support for my family?

There is a good reason why addiction is often named the ‘family disease.’ It is a condition which not only affects the addict, but embeds into the very fabric of the family around which the addict is surrounded by.  Families of addicts need help and support too, so as a potential facility which you or a loved one may soon check into, it is imperative that you find out what support your family will receive during the process, from the treatment centre.


Look for legacy

Yes there are many organisations that are starting out that may offer great treatment options, however, there is a reason why those who have been around for a long time, continue to offer support and treatment for addicts. Look for the legacy, and remember that success is often indicated by the longevity of an organisation.


What Else Should I Know?

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Depending on your specific needs and situation, there are a multitude of additional questions to ask treatment providers when you are trying to select the right drug rehab centre for yourself or a loved one. Be sure to read reviews on Google, Bing, Facebook and other sources of consumer feedback.


Conduct your own web search to find more information about specific drug rehab centres.

Here is a list of questions to assist in your research

1. What type of accreditation or licensing does your rehab centre have?
2. What credentials or licenses does the clinical staff hold?
3. Is treatment done by a multidisciplinary team?
5. What is the patient-to-counsellor ratio?
6. Do you use evidence-based practices?
8. Do you have gender-specific programmes?
10. How successful is your treatment programme?
12. Are you in-network with my medical aid?
13. Do you provide mental health services?
14. Do you offer medical detox or other medication-assisted therapies?
15. Do you offer treatment specific to teens, young adults, older adults or other populations? (as it applies to your situation)
17. How long does the programme last?
18. What kind of post-treatment support do you provide?
19. Do you offer family support?
20. How long have you been providing addiction treatment?


Rehab centre programme marks the beginning of a new way of living.

The insights you gain and the changes you make during rehab will become the foundation for your recovery throughout the challenges life brings. Keep this in mind as you choose a treatment rehab centre. It will help you determine a good fit and identify the best treatment approach for building a solid foundation for lifelong recovery.


Learn more about Houghton House Group of Treatment Centres and the efforts we’ve taken to become a premier addiction treatment centre of choice and how we can help you reclaim your health and your life from addiction.


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