1. Client to Staff Ratio
There is no greater factor than the clinical integrity of the treatment team. Therapists need to be well educated and experienced. The ratio of patients to therapists should be low. Each patient deserves to have a therapist who has the time and energy to get to know them and provide quality counseling and clinical work. In order for that to happen, the lower the ratio of patient to therapist, the better.
2. Quality of the Staff
The staff is there to teach clients how to change their behavior. A treatment center is only as good as their staff. The level of education and experience is especially important. A qualified therapist should have at least a Master’s Level degree in Social Work and Behavioral Science.
3. Well Rounded, Clinically Oriented Program
This can be a difficult thing to access. Most programs offer a routine schedule to keep their clients busy and on track. The key component is the frequency each client can meet one-on-one with their primary care therapist and case manager each week. Group therapy should be an important part of any program, but there is no substitute for one-on-one interaction with his or her primary therapist and case manager. This relationship is really the core of what rehab is all about.
What makes this particular drug rehab treatment center stand out? What types of therapy and activities do they offer that other rehabs do not. Therapeutic activities like yoga, tai chi, art, music, equine and participating in group projects all are important parts of the best rehabs.
The actual facilities are more important than one might think. Some drug rehab alcohol treatment centers put their clients up in apartments, “off campus”. This is not nearly as good as an enclosed residential setting. The nicer the facility the easier it is to build a client’s self worth and self esteem and help them learn the value of a healthy happy lifestyle.
6. Success Rate
Determining the true success rate is very difficult. Ask the question of the person on the phone and listen carefully to the answer. If they hesitate, it might be a good sign there is a problem.
When it comes to finding the best rehab, size can make a significant difference. The size of a drug rehab is counted as number of “beds”. A smaller more focused program usually out performs a larger, hospital like setting.
One of the things that sets a rehab apart from the rest is they specialize in an area of expertise. For example, they may specialize in adolescent, faith based, wilderness, gender specific, ADHD, bi-polar or depression. Some places offer a program that is non 12 step based, which would also be considered a specialty. At Luxury Rehab to reach our Top 10 list, treatment centers must also exhibit a high level of amenities, a beautiful location, and a commitment to the client’s care.
9. Follow up Care
One of the most important and overlooked points of a good rehab treatment center is aftercare. Aftercare is what plans and activities a program provides after the person leaves treatment. The best rehabs will offer a solid plan to make the sure their clients continue the process after leaving treatment.
10. Style Points
Style points are what we call some important little things that can add up to a big difference between one facility and another. Examples of “Style Points” are:
- The number of people sharing a bedroom and a bathroom
- Clients are treated with complete dignity and respect
- Making as much accommodation for all different kinds of people
- Security is very important
All the staff members should be friendly and well informed