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Drug & Alcohol Rehab Guide for Sober House Operators

Drug & Alcohol Rehab


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 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

rehabilitation residences.

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.


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