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5 Things to Know Before Selecting a Rehab Center in New York

When it comes to choosing the right addiction rehab center in New York, the factors to be considered are similar to the ones used to look for one in any other city in the US, which are the criteria for experience, reputation and history of offering treatment that works.

In order to identify the best addiction rehab center in New York, we have gathered below a few questions commonly asked by those searching for rehab for themselves or their loved one. Answers to these questions can be a good guide for making an informed decision. Contrary to popular practice, the choice criteria should not be solely based on how an addiction treatment center shows on a search query.

Some key factors to consider when choosing an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center are:

1. Is the facility licensed and accredited?

It is important to verify if the addiction rehab you are considering holds a license and is accredited to operate in the state of New York. A licensed drug and alcohol rehab facility has met the required guidelines to provide treatment in the state that the license was issued. In order to receive accreditation, the alcohol and drug treatment facility must receive approval from an outside accreditation institution. This process involves a thorough process of confirmation that the facility meets the high standards of care established for the addiction treatment industry. When looking for addiction treatment accreditations, CARF and JCAHO are the ones should be looked at.

2. How long is the treatment facility in business?

There are two aspects of business longevity to check for, when it comes to selecting an addiction rehab center:

  1. Length of time a rehab center has been in business
  2. Length of time the rehab center has been operating in the same physical location

The reasons are:

  1. You want to make sure that there is experience behind the staff’s expertise in providing effective addiction treatment.
  2. Although it is not unusual for treatment centers to relocate to bigger and better locations, but when a business has been changing name and address too many times, that represents a possibility for a red flag. Of course it is not always the case, but a common practice for businesses which want to cover up a negative past exposure is to change name and start anew in a different location.

3. How long does the treatment program last?

The length of time for a successful alcohol and drug addiction treatment can vary. There are times that longer stay is recommended to improve the individual’s chances of a successful recovery, but in most cases the treatment is planned for 28 to 30 days. Work and other individual responsibilities often impact individual’s treatment stay options. Reputable facilities generally complete the treatment regardless of insurance limitations, but they will respect and follow client’s needs in planning the treatment.

4. Does the rehab center accept my insurance?

This is one of the biggest factors for individuals seeking drug or alcohol rehab treatment. Under the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance marketplace plans must cover substance abuse and mental health treatment. However, insurance companies may limit addiction treatment facilities they work with. In order to find out if your insurance covers the drug rehab of your choice contact the facility’s Admissions Department directly and they will be able to answer that question. For individuals that do not have insurance, there are other options that may help them get the treatment they need. Obviously some kind of agreement on private pay and payment terms is always a big possibility, but other options include financing options through third party companies and scholarships offered by the treatment center.

5. What type of therapeutic treatment is provided?

Whether considering an addiction rehab center in New York or elsewhere in the country, individuals looking for a treatment facility should seek the program that offers comprehensive treatment covering physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

In addition the program should offer a wide range of effective evidence-based alcohol and drug treatment methods that can be aligned with the client’s needs. Treatment approaches and techniques should include therapeutic services such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Individual and Group SessionsFamily Therapy, Expressive Therapy, Nutritional Counseling, Gender-Specific Processing Groups, Trauma Therapy, etc.

If you or a loved one is looking for addiction rehab center in New York, contact LICR’s Admissions Department at 800.344.5427.

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