Making the decision to seek treatment is equally a long time coming while also urgent and immediate. Before choosing a treatment center, be aware of these important factors.
Speak To Your Physician
If you are unsure as to whether you need treatment or not, a physician or family doctor is a great place to start. They can help with an initial diagnosis, which they might have offered already if you are presenting symptoms which are side effects of substance abuse.
Be Prepared For A Wait List
Treatment for substance use disorder is in high demand with not enough treatment centers to cover. There may be a wait list for a few days to a few weeks to get in. Wait lists can be a good sign or a bad sign. If a treatment center is full and in demand, it could indicate a very good program. However, it could mean it’s the cheapest or most contracted treatment center. Ask questions about their clientele and referral system. Most treatment centers won’t tell you they receive monetary reward for members, but they might tell you they have a “system” for members. Avoid these treatment centers.
Look At Success Rates…
Currently, the treatment industry has no specific metrics for measuring “success”. Is it sobriety for a year? Completion of the specific program? Demonstrated improvements in specific areas? If a treatment center claims to have the highest success rate around, make sure to ask them what they base their success on and how the compile that data.
Check With Your Insurance
Financial concerns prevents a lot of people from seeking out the help they need. If your concern is cost, it might be best to check with your insurance provider to find out where you can get the most coverage. Treatment center admissions offices will do a verification of benefits to see what your coverage is. Calling on your own and knowing ahead of time will help you stay on top of centers who might try to get more out pocket money from you than you should be paying.
What Is Their Opinion On MAT?
Medication Assisted Treatment, as well as medication assisted detox, is highly controversial in the treatment space. Treatment centers should be balanced in their opinion of medical assistance. If a treatment center fully supports either side, ask specific questions about their policies.
What Do They Advertise?
Dual-diagnosis advertisements don’t always mean the center is able to comprehensively treat both substance use disorders and mental health disorders. So to speak, if they aren’t by the water, they shouldn’t say they’re by the water.
Aurora Recovery Centre is a certified dual-diagnosis treatment facility providing holistic care for both substance use and mental health disorders. We are here to light the way to lifelong recovery. It is possible. It starts with you. Start your journey today by calling Aurora at 1-844-515-STOP.