Drug & Alcohol Rehab Guide for Sober House Operators
With thousands of services and rehabs to choose from, deciding which drug recovery
programs can provide the best care can be difficult. Given the amount of time, resources,
and energy that drug use disorder treatment and rehabilitation necessitate for not only the
individual, but the entire family, finding the right treatment facility is critical.
There are a variety of treatment options, including both clinical and non-clinical options.
This guide will help you find high-quality, clinical addiction care.
QUALITY ADDICTION TREATMENT INDICATORS
Quality drug abuse treatment facilities should have certain features, according to studies.
This includes everything from customized therapies to national accreditation to assertive
Connections to long-term care. Following is a detailed list of 11 measures of successful
Treatment to act as a checklist to help you or a loved one access high-quality addiction
treatment and achieve full recovery success.
1. Assessment and Treatment Matching
Finding accurate and valid screening for a variety of substance use disorders and associated
conditions, as well as any physical or mental health conditions, is the first step in getting
successful treatment for an alcohol or other drug use problem. This is accompanied by a more
detailed review of the individual’s drug use history and associated conditions, medical history,
clinical history, family and social networks, and a psychological evaluation.
2. Comprehensive, Integrated Treatment
Patients in care may have co-occurring mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, as well as
other medical issues, such as hepatitis C, alcoholic liver disease, or sexually transmitted diseases, as
previously mentioned. Comprehensive methods that explicitly answer these additional issues, or
otherwise assertively connect patients to needed resources, should be integrated into programs.
Treating the whole patient increases the probability of recovery and relief from substance use disorders.
3. Assertive Linkage to Continuing Care
The term “continuing treatment” refers to the “ongoing care of patients who are suffering from a
chronic or incapacitating illness or disease.” After the patient leaves or moves away from the initial
phase of treatment, ongoing care includes critical recovery-specific social support and appropriate
recovery support services. Programs that place a heavy emphasis on this element of treatment will
include more than just phone numbers or a list of individuals to contact; they will also provide
assertive links to community services, ongoing health care providers, peer-support programs, and
This introduction to future peers and services in the rehabilitation environment, known as a
“warm hand-off” leads to significantly improved outcomes.
4. Dignified & Respectful Environment
The recovery program should have at least the same degree of consistency as one can expect in
Other Medical settings (e.g., oncology or diabetes care). Palm trees and fluffy mattresses are not
needed, but you should expect a tidy, light, cheerful, and comfortable atmosphere. It is important
that the program approaches drug use disorders with the same expertise as other chronic illnesses
and allocates similar resources for patient care. Creating a respectful and dignified atmosphere is
especially important for addiction patients, who often feel as if they have lost their self-respect
and integrity. They will recover it in a respectful setting.
5. Significant Other &/or Family Involvement
Engaging significant others and loved ones in care increases the probability of the patient remaining
In Treatment and sustaining treatment progress after treatment ends. Techniques to explain family
roles, reframe actions, teach organizational skills, promote supervision and boundary setting,
re-intervention plans, and assist them in accessing community resources all help to improve the
whole family structure and assist family members in dealing with and adjusting to the changes that
arise in recovery.
6. Employ Patient Retention Strategies
The national rate of addiction dropout within the first month of treatment is about 50%. Dropout
Has Detrimental effects, it is important to use methods to improve engagement and retention.
This involves fostering a culture of mutual confidence by communicating program rules, regulations,
and goals in a direct and transparent manner. Client-centered, empathic therapy that helps to
create strong patient-provider relationships can also help treatment services maintain patients.
Motivational rewards may also be used to reward patients for their continued attendance and
7. Use of Evidence-based Practices
Programs that offer programming focused on scientific evidence and standards, as well as those
that use “best practices,” have a stronger track record. Entry to FDA-approved drugs for addiction
(e.g., buprenorphine/naloxone, methadone, naltrexone/depot naltrexone, acamprosate) as well as
Psychotropic treatment for other forms of medical disorders should be available in addition to
psychological treatments (e.g., SSRIs etc.). This is often paired with trained workers (see below).
8. Qualified, Well-trained Staff
Multidisciplinary personnel (e.g., addiction, medication, psychiatry, spirituality) can support
patients in assessing and resolving a wide variety of needs that can help them heal from addiction
and improve their functioning and psychological well-being. Higher-quality programs provide
personnel with advanced degrees and sufficient licensing or board certification in these specialty
fields. Outpatient services should provide clinical oversight and team meetings at least once or
twice a week, while residential and inpatient programs should have three to five days a week.
9. Individualized Care & Personalized Approaches for Special Populations
Programs should consider all patients as individuals, attending to needs identified through
Standardized screening and assessment. One size does not suit everyone, and one treatment
strategy does not work for all. High-quality treatment services recognize the potentially different
needs of men and women, youth versus adults, and people from various marginalized groups
(e.g., LGBT) or cultural backgrounds, and develop treatment and rehabilitation strategies that
meet their individual needs while still acknowledging their strengths and recovery opportunities.
10. Measurement of Program Performance
Having accurate, valid assessment systems in place to monitor patients’ reaction to care is another
predictor of quality treatment. Addiction treatment services should collect “addiction and mental
health vital signs” to track the efficacy or ineffectiveness of the individualized treatment plan and
change it as required. It is difficult to track and show patients’ progress without any sort of structured
11. External Accreditation
External regulatory bodies, such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
(JCAHO; aka “the Joint Commission”), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and the Council on Accreditation (COA), as well as state-licensed services, must provide evidence-based treatment. These licensing and accreditation provisions act as quality assurance that the treatment program incorporates a certain standard of evidence-based care in its model and is willing to have its clinical care audited on a regular basis.