Finding a good quality drug or alcohol rehab can make the difference between success and sobriety, and a wasted month or more and continuing abuse; and it’s too bad that such a crucial decision comes at a time in life when few are at their best, and capable of making a rational and researched decision.
With all the choices out there, and so much of the information on the internet biased and commercial, getting the information you need can be tough; and since the decision needs to be made quickly, doubly so.
As a starting point, here is a list of 3 things that you should consider warning signs of a poor quality rehab clinic. Most rehabs do offer good quality programming and care, but there are some who exist for little else than to collect your admission checks. Many of these poor quality rehabs will exhibit one or more of these warning signs.
3 signs of a poor quality rehab
1 No or limited individual therapy.
Therapeutically, the biggest expense for most rehabs is the operation of an individual therapy program. Individual sessions with a therapist or psychologist are very expensive, and as a cost savings measure, some rehabs will offer either no or very little individual therapy.
Individual therapy is enormously beneficial, and you should be wary of any rehab that minimizes it importance.
2 No family involvement
Family should be invited to participate actively in the therapies and seminars of rehab. Family therapy with a counselor, family group meetings and family educational seminars can all educate the family on how best to support an addict in recovery, and can also help to heal some of the family wounds that may be leading to abuse.
Rehabs that do not offer family involvement (again therapy cost savings) should be considered suspect.
3 The rehab is not accredited or certified
Some of the
Some may boast of non accreditation as a means to offer cutting-edge therapy or programs, but this is probably just a positive spin on a very bad sign.