When choosing a drug rehab center, it can be hard to know where to begin. From the associated costs to the comfort of the facility, it’s important to choose a center that aligns with your needs. Here are some questions to ask to determine if a drug rehab center is a good fit for you.
Is This Facility in my Insurance Network?
One of the first questions you may want to ask is whether the prospective facility is in-network for your insurance policy. Most facilities are likely to tell you they accept your insurance, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are in your network. Make sure any information you are receiving from a prospective facility is valid, especially when it comes to insurance. It is common practice for some facilities to tell you that you are “in-network” when you aren’t. This means that the facility can bill your insurance company for anything you may have paid out of pocket, which is an illegal practice. To avoid this and keep the cost of services down, ask your insurance company for in-network referrals and begin your search from there.
What Licenses Does This Facility Have?
Determining the level of care a facility is licensed to provide is important. Not all facilities are licensed for residential treatment; some are only licensed to provide PHP or day treatment. These facilities usually aren’t licensed for residential because it would require them to meet a higher standard of care through licensing with the Department of Children and Family Services. Again, make sure the facility you are receiving information from is being nothing but transparent with you. Double check and do research on any licenses and reviews your prospective facility has. Also, check their website for the credentials of their clinical staff.
Has This Facility Received Any Accreditations?
It is also important to question your prospective facility about their quality of care. Be sure to find out if that facility is accredited by the Joint Commission or CARF. Both accrediting boards have strict standards to ensure high quality of care.
What Types of Treatment Programs Are Available?
The type of treatment available will vary from center to center, so make sure to ask what type of programs your prospective facility has. For example, home facilities practice abstinence-based treatment, which means that they don’t support patients taking anything that could be considered addictive during their recovery. There is an endless number of programs to treat substance abuse, eating disorders, dual diagnosis, and mental health issues, so make sure you do your research before you pick one that is right for you.
Choosing the right treatment facility can be one of the most important steps you take in your life. Many of the facilities in our industry are going public and are owned by large conglomerate corporations. So when you call to speak to someone at the facility, ask if they are physically located at the facility that they are representing or if they are a call center. Many facilities are now farming out calls, and the people on the other end of the phone are located in a call center and have neither seen nor visited the facility they will be sending you to. So it is recommended that after you do your research, and it is geographically possible, ask for a site visit prior to admission.
If you have questions or want more information, you can contact Turning Point of Tampa.