When visiting a treatment center to see whether the program offered
there meets your and your family member's needs, ask the following
About the staff
Are the counselors certified chemical
dependency counselors (CDC)? Counselors who are certified have special training
in counseling people with substance abuse.
Are any medical doctors
associated with the program? If so, are they certified by the American Society
of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)? Doctors who are certified have special training
in dealing with people who have substance abuse problems.
About the program
What treatment therapies are used in the
program? Is it a 12-step program alone or does the program contain cognitive
therapy and/or medicine therapy?
How much time do you spend in the
program a day, and how many weeks or months does the program last? Does the
program have aftercare?
What has been the success rate for people
going through the program? How has success been evaluated (number completing
the program, years not drinking)?
Does the treatment program offer
special services to meet women's needs, such as female therapists, female-only
groups, or assistance with child care?
Does the treatment program
address any special concerns that a person from a particular culture or
religious background (such as Native Americans or Catholics) might have?