12 Questions to Ask About Rehab Programs

If you or someone you care for is dependent on alcohol or drugs and needs treatment, it is important to know that no single treatment approach is appropriate for all individuals. Finding the right treatment program involves careful consideration of such things as the setting, length of care, philosophical approach and your or your loved one's needs.

1. Does the drug rehab accept your insurance? If not, will they work with you on a payment plan or find other means of support for you?

2. Is the drug rehab run by state-accredited, licensed and/or trained professionals?

3. Is the drug rehab clean, organized and well-run?

4. Does the drug rehab program encompass the full range of needs of the individual (medical: including infectious diseases; psychological: including co-occurring mental illness; social; vocational; legal; etc.)?

5. Does the drug rehab program also address sexual orientation and physical disabilities as well as provide age, gender and culturally appropriate treatment services?

6. Is long-term aftercare support and/or guidance encouraged, provided and maintained after leaving the drug rehab?

7. Is there ongoing assessment of an individual's treatment plan to ensure it meets changing needs?

8. Does the drug rehab employ strategies to engage and keep individuals in longer-term treatment, increasing the likelihood of success?

9. Does the drug rehab offer counseling (individual or group) and other behavioral therapies to enhance the individual's ability to function in the family/community?

10. Does the drug rehab program offer medication as part of the treatment regimen, if appropriate?

11. Is there ongoing monitoring of possible relapse to help guide patients back to abstinence?

12. Are services or referrals offered to family members to ensure they understand addiction and the recovery process to help them support the recovering individual?