Making a decision to seek help for substance abuse is a positive choice toward a brighter future.
There are many inpatient recovery programs offering services to people living with addictions and finding the right one can seem challenging.
An effective strategy is to make a list of questions you can use when researching your options. This way, you can compare treatment facilities based on common factors.
1. Is Your Facility Accredited?
Accreditation is an indication that the facility meets specific standards for safety and quality of care. Facilities must continue to meet these standards to retain this designation.
Great Oaks Recovery is accredited by the Joint Commission. It has held this designation since 2014.
2. Does Your Facility Treat my Type of Addiction?
Not all inpatient treatment facilities treat every type of addiction, so it’s important to be clear what type of treatment you are looking for. Some facilities offer treatment for clients who have a substance abuse issue and a mental health concern as well (dual diagnosis), while others focus specifically on drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
The experienced addiction professionals at Great Oaks Recovery treat drug addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness at our facility. On admission, each client at Great Oaks receives a thorough evaluation and a diagnosis, along with an individual treatment plan. Doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, certified counselors, and licensed social workers work together to provide care that’s personalized to fit each client’s needs.
3. Do You Offer Detoxification Services In-house?
The first step in addiction treatment is often undergoing detoxification (detox). This process rids the body of the influence of chemicals and is necessary before rehabilitation can start. If an inpatient treatment facility doesn’t offer this service, you’ll need to arrange to have it performed elsewhere. The easiest and most convenient option is to have detox and rehabilitation services performed at the same location to avoid any potential lapse in services.
At Great Oaks, our clients get access to a full continuum of care, including medically-supervised detox. This phase of treatment is overseen by specially trained and licensed doctors and nurses. Clients admitted to detox receive a physical exam by a doctor and provide a thorough health history. They are also assigned an individual therapist, who provides support and guidance during this initial phase.
4. What Type of Treatment Approach Do You Use?
Treatment facilities vary in their basic philosophy about treating addiction. You’ll want to know in advance whether the program has a certain point of view in its approach to treatment. For example, some people may have strong opinions about faith-based addiction treatment programs. They may prefer to seek treatment from a program offering a holistic program.
Great Oaks offers an individualized plan to each client who comes into treatment. Our program’s therapeutic elements include:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Psycho-educational group sessions
- Health and wellness groups
- Therapeutic recreational activities
- Alcohol and drug educational groups
Twelve-step programs (AA/NA) are also part of the treatment program at Great Oaks. Clients attend meetings at the facility and off-site.
5. Can My Family Get Help While I’m in Rehab?
Addiction is a disease that affects everyone in the family, not just the person with the substance abuse issue. Often, family members have questions or concerns about addiction that need to be addressed when a loved one seeks treatment. They may not know what to expect or how to support their loved one when he is released from the inpatient facility.
The family program at Great Oaks gives family members a safe, supportive place where they can learn about the disease of addiction. Topics of discussion also include educating our clients’ family members about communication skills, accountability, and the next steps when a client leaves treatment.
6. Do You Offer Continuing Care After my Initial Treatment Is Completed?
Since addiction is a chronic disease, it would be a mistake to assume that you don’t need any further help or support once you complete an initial phase of inpatient treatment. Continuing care is an important part of a treatment plan and it can lower the risk of a slip that can spiral toward a full-blown relapse.
Part of the treatment at Great Oaks includes an individualized continuing care program for each client. The specific components may include attending 12-Step meetings, living in a sober living house, or attending an intensive outpatient program (IOP). The staff at Great Oaks is also available by phone if any of our alumni need some guidance or have questions about available resources.