When looking for a rehab facility, there are five basic requirements that every facility should meet. After all, an addicted person is in need of specific care not only for their addiction, but for their mental and physical health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, there are always scams that surround those most in need of help, and some treatment centers are not only staffed by people who are not addiction professionals, but who do not meet the minimum standards for licensure as a health facility or counseling center in Iowa. The first basic requirement for any drug rehab center is an actual license!
Check the certifications. Those shiny graphics look great on a website, but make sure that they are more than just decorative. If you see certifications by the American Psychiatric Association or the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, take the time to make sure that the facility is a member in good standing.
Offers treatment based on the brain disease model of addiction. Since being introduced, this controversial stance has been adopted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and has resulted in a change in clinical models of treatment that focus on treating addiction as a chronic illness and using evidence based treatments in order to combat the often multiple comorbid issues that addicted persons face.
Options to 12 Steps. This is a highly controversial modality that gives addicted persons an alternative to the 12 Step program, which even at the time it originated was regarded with skepticism in the medical and scientific communities. Long untouchable due to academic and cultural influence of its founders and early members, modern research hypothesizes that AA-modeled programs may have as little as a five to ten percent success rate. Alternatives to AA are rising because many addicts no longer feel comfortable with the implicitly Christianized model of a "Higher Power," or the failure of the program to address mental illness, trauma, or abuse survivorship as having a leading role in an addiction history.
Medically supervised detoxification on site or in partnership with a hospital or private detox medical practice. Detox is an essential part of rehab, and is medically necessary when dealing with alcohol, opiates, cocaine and other stimulants, benzodiazepines, and club drugs such as MDMA and GHB. Detox symptoms can range from mildly uncomfortable to excruciating and life-threatening. Detox is not a DIY job, and detox alone does not treat addiction. It should only be handled by medical professionals with experience, compassion, and hospital admitting privileges.
Supportive aftercare. Addicted persons should not be kicked loose from care at the clinic door, but should instead receive counseling and support in order to succeed in their sobriety. After all, nobody's going to kick grandpa loose from the hospital after a hip replacement without aftercare and physical therapy. Addicted persons are learning to "walk sober" and may need to transition back into the world with sober living and other supports.