“The right plan is the one that works for that individual.”
Mike Early, NorthBound Addiction Treatment
When I started working with families, I met with a family in my conference room — nine of them came to meet me. I well remember one of the adult male members asking, “All I have to do is Google “rehabs” and I see hundreds of them out there. Why are we hiring you?”
“Actually, there’s 14,500 of them out there,” I replied. “Can you tell me which is the right one for your nephew?”
Awkward pause, then, “Good point,” he said.
There are over 14,000 certified drug and alcohol treatment programs in the U.S., according the SAMHSA — the Federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. All you have to do is pick the right one for you or your loved one. The point is, if you’ve never done this before and know nothing about rehab, how do you do that?
In the simplest of definitions, formal treatment at a reputable treatment facility typically incorporates a combination of detox, behavioral therapies and medications, then structures an aftercare plan or RSS — Recovery Support Systems — when the individual is transitioning back into the “real world.”
However, no one treatment facility nor one single treatment is the “right one” for every individual and disorder. Just as there is no set timeline when everyone achieves long-term recovery, there is no one plan that is going to fit everyone. Treatment has to be tailored to address each person’s drug-use patterns and drug-related medical, mental and social problems.
As there are patients with varying diagnoses, there are rehabs with varying programs and strengths in treating various maladies — as well as several additional factors that fit a particular individual or not. The key is finding the right one for the right individual.
Once I have a diagnosis, I first focus on the facilities specializing in that particular diagnosis for that individual’s placement.
This is where I specialize. Due to my unique set of resources and relationships nationwide, I work only with facilities that value the patient’s welfare as the primary mission. They deserve their sterling reputations through evidence-based results, their owners and staffs are dedicated to proper treatment, they are members of the NAATP (National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals), plus certified by The Joint Commission and/or CARF.
Here’s one reason I love working with facilities that have integrity — if they don’t feel that are the right fit for a particular individual, they routinely refer other rehabs — and will even call them for you! The “good guys” in this business all know and respect each other. They don’t see other rehabs as competitors; they see that what’s good for one facility is good for them all.
When a crisis due to addiction or mental illness hits a family, that is the precise time when families are most vulnerable, desperate to find the right solution to their existential plight. The over $40 billion per year treatment industry is unregulated and making ruthless charlatans rich through exploitive, unethical “treatment centers” and bogus drug testing. Not to mention the defrauding of insurance companies, which only makes accessing effective treatment more expensive for the rest of us. The rehabs who promise anything just to get your business are the outliers and everyone knows who they are.
A reputable specialty facility structures at least a one-year plan incorporating 90 to 120 days of a combination of behavioral therapies and possible medications coupled with an aftercare plan incorporating RSS — Recovery Support Systems — when the individual is transitioning in the “real world.”
Documented research and treatment experts insist that the longer the treatment, the greater the odds of long-term sobriety and recovery. To lessen the chances of relapse and increase the chances of successful outcomes, experts assert that anything less than 90 days of formal treatment at a specialty facility is of limited effectiveness.
The aftercare plan — RSS — should not only be for the balance of one year, but also serve as a roadmap for a lifetime of continued recovery that must be continually assessed and modified to meet the individual’s changing needs including:
Accompanying MAT, if necessary;
Continued education, employment or community service while residing in a supervised sober living environment;
Individual and group counseling sessions;
Changes and adjustments adapting to the individual’s current and future lifestyle.
Statistics show that maintaining a structured aftercare program for 3 years, including living in a sober environment, dramatically increases long-term recovery outcomes. Plus, I am consistently told by those in life-long recovery that 12-step meetings — or one of the other mutual support programs — continue to be a lifetime endeavor critical to their recovery.
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