What Should You Look for in an Addiction Treatment Facility?

Learn what you should look for in an addiction treatment facility from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.

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The first thing you should look for in a treatment facility is the, whether or not they have the appropriate licenses. A lot of places hold themselves out as treatment centers when in fact they don't have the proper credentials to be doing the work. It's also important that you look at the staff. The quality of the staff and the patient to staff ratio. Certainly you want a lower patient to staff ratio. You want a lot of therapists with a fewer number of patients. And you also want a program that takes a holistic approach to the treatment of addictions. So we know that addictions are a biological, psychological, and social disease. So you want a treatment center that can address each and every one of those concerns. It's also critically important that a treatment center have a family program. Because we know that addictions affect not just the individual who suffers from the disease of addiction, but the whole family suffers. So you can take the person out of their family and put them into treatment for 28 days, 60 days, 90 days, whatever, and then if you put them back into the family that they came from, the chances of them using and getting back into their addiction are great. So you really want to be able to impact the entire family that the person came from. So it's critically important that the treatment center have a good robust family program. So again you want to look for licenses, you want to look for quality of staff, and you want to look for client/patient ratio. And again I want to really stress the importance of this family component.

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