You recently arrived at a fork in the road. Heading right meant it was time to get clean and end this life-deteriorating addiction once and for all. Heading left meant your addiction still held the upper hand.

You turned right. And even if you changed directions reluctantly, you should celebrate your decision. After all, of the approximately 22.5 million Americans who struggle with substance abuse, only 2.6 million pursue addiction treatment. Your decision makes you an anomaly.

Bear in mind, however, that making the decision to go to rehab is not the same thing as doing your research, finding the rehab facility that will meet your needs, traveling to the facility, and committing every drop of energy you have to getting sober forever. You must follow through.

Understandably, the initial step of research may feel very overwhelming. With hundreds of local and national addiction rehab facilities across the country, it can be hard to know just where to start and what to look for.

Let us help you jumpstart your research. To not only find a rehab facility, but the best drug rehab program for you, make sure the facility or program you’re reviewing can easily meet these three must-haves:

The Best Drug Rehab Programs Have Top Licensing and Accreditation

It’s common to research facilities based on location, cost, or insurance coverage first. But your search should really start at the intersection of licensing and accreditation. If you invest a lot of time and money pursuing a certain facility and they’re not accredited by specific agencies, the rehab center is probably not the most comprehensive, established facility. A lack of accreditations can mean the facility is not equipped to meet your clinical needs.

Each rehab facility must work incredibly hard to earn and maintain their accreditations. This involves intense, thorough audits every few years to ensure that procedures still meet strict requirements and the level of care is still top-notch.
When top accreditations are attached to a rehab facility, you can be certain it delivers the highest level of professionalism, clinical oversight, and treatment. Selecting a rehab facility that hasn’t earned top accreditations means you’re rolling the dice on your addiction recovery – and that’s the last thing you should do.

Top Accreditations to Look For:

  • The Joint Commission
  • Specific state accreditations*

*These will vary per state, but the important thing to make certain of is if a facility is accredited by its state.

The Best Drug Rehab Programs Are Run by Seasoned, Expert Faculty and Staff

Your next research area of focus should be a facility’s staff and clinicians. Because of the intense, demanding nature of addiction recovery, it takes a specially trained and licensed medical professional, therapist, psychologist, nutritionist, fitness trainer, and support staff member to deliver the highest quality of care, attention, and personalization.

Your decision to get clean will be seriously tested the moment you start addiction recovery. You will have to heavily depend on the staff of the rehab program you choose to get you through some of the hardest moments of your life. Make sure you’re arming yourself with an expert team that has years of addiction recovery under their belt.

When reviewing a rehab facility, navigate to the About and/or Staff section to learn as much as you can about the team. Discover what licenses and credentials each clinician and staff member holds. Keep in mind that the more education and training each team member has, the more credibility and clinical expertise they can draw from when treating you.

Qualifications to Assess:

  • Education and trainings
  • Licenses
  • Designations
  • Years of experience in the substance abuse field

The Best Drug Rehabs Have Personalized Treatment Services & Accommodations

Another important area to assess per rehab facility is the personalization it offers within the treatment program and accommodations. You will find a lot of rehab facilities that treat the same addictions and offer similar programs and therapies. But, to make the most of this life-changing decision to go to rehab, don’t settle for just any rehab program.

Take the time to find a rehab facility that only treats patients based on personalized treatment plans.

Your addiction journey is incredibly personal and unique, and for the best outcome that leads to life-long sobriety, you would be doing yourself a disservice by entering a one-size-fits-all addiction recovery program.

Individualized Care Features to Look For:

  • Personalized treatment plan created immediately upon start of rehab
  • Continuously updated treatment plan to account for changes in recovery
  • High staff-to-client ratio
  • Limited number of clients accepted at a time
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Private facility

Personalized, Holistic Inpatient Treatment at Ranch Creek Recovery

You’re on the right path. Now, it’s time to keep the momentum going by following through and actually attending a rehab program. If you feel an inpatient addiction recovery program is the best route for you and your long-term sobriety, consider Ranch Creek Recovery. Located in beautiful, sunny Murrieta, California, we are a private, luxury facility that only has six beds. We take great pride in our ability to deliver exceptional, individualized addiction recovery support to each client we have the privilege to help. Learn more about Ranch Creek Recovery, including our accreditations, staff, and individualized care.

Have questions? We’re here to help. Contact us today.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Receipt of Services for Behavioral Health Problems: Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Accessed May 8, 2018.