Roughly 20 million people each year are in need of drug or alcohol treatment of one kind or another, but due to lack of insurance or any other number of issues, only 2.5 million people actually get to attend a specialty treatment program each year. As disparate as these two numbers are, 2.5 million people seeking treatment is still a tremendous amount of the American population, and because of this, drug treatment is a big business.
Since there is so much money involved in the drug treatment industry, the past ten years have seen an explosion of treatment center openings. Whereas just a few years ago there were only a few thousand treatment centers, today that number is closer to 15,000 within the United States.
With so many treatment centers to choose from, finding the one that is right for you and the one that can offer you the help you need, can often be a difficult task. It can be overwhelming to sift through the thousands and thousands of internet search results when looking for a drug treatment center and doing so during a time of elevated stress, like when you are thinking about getting sober, can mean that finding the right treatment program can seem daunting and impossible.
Luckily, there are some key indicators that you should be looking for in a treatment center in order to distinguish between treatment centers that offer a great level of care and programming and those that may be lacking in this department. One of the main indicators and the one we will be discussing in this article is accreditations in a treatment facility.
What Does Accreditations in a Treatment Facility Mean?
To a person who is just getting sober, going to an accredited facility is probably not of paramount importance. They are more than likely thinking about how they just want to get their life back and a bunch of acronyms and letters on a website do nothing to interest them. They maybe look at the amenities being offered but besides that, they do not really care.
However, going to a facility with the proper accreditation is important in the recovery process because accreditations in a treatment facility means that an outside third-party accrediting body has reviewed the treatment center and given them approval for the accreditation.
Many times, the accreditation process is stringent and in order for a facility to receive accreditation, they have to go above and beyond what many of their treatment counterparts are doing.
What Are the Different Accreditations?
There are really two main accreditations in a treatment facility, and while every facility is required to pass state and local licensing, treatment programs are not required to go further and get accredited. In fact, in a recent survey of drug treatment centers throughout the country, 56.9% of treatment facilities did not have accreditation of any kind.
Some treatment centers are not capable of doing so for one reason or another, whether they are new or just do not have the resources yet, but others choose not to because they are not interested in truly helping their clients out. This has become a tremendous problem in the treatment industry over the past ten years and many unscrupulous treatment centers have opened up in order to cash in. These centers will very often not be accredited and because of this, a great way to avoid attending a program like this is by seeing if the treatment center you are attending is CARF or The Joint Commission accredited.
CARF or Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities was started in 1966, and they are a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of services offered by drug treatment programs. Becoming CARF accredited is not an easy task and it requires the facility to be outstanding in their procedures and the services that they offer.
In order for a facility to become CARF accredited, they must submit to on-site visits where all aspects of the facility will be scrutinized to the highest degree. Those performing the visit will review all of the facility’s documentation and make sure that they are operating in a manner that provides their clients with the best possible chance at recovery.
CARF accreditation is an ongoing process as well and facilities can receive either a one-year accreditation or three-year accreditation. After the period of accreditation is up, they will have to go through the process again in order to receive CARF again.
The Joint Commission Accreditation
The Joint Commission, formerly known as JCAHO, is America’s largest accreditor of health care services and second largest addiction treatment accreditor. In some ways, getting accredited by The Joint Commission can be more difficult than getting CARF accredited and because of this, some treatment centers choose not to.
The benefits of going to a Joint Commission accredited facility are similar to those of attending a CARF facility, because by having the stamp of approval of the Joint Commission, you can be sure that the treatment center has been scrutinized to the highest degree and that the services that they offer are up to snuff.
There are even some insurance companies that will not pay for services at non- Joint Commission accredited facilities because they understand the importance of this accreditation.
So while all of this may seem unimportant right now, it is important to take accreditation into account when looking for a treatment facility to attend. If you are just on the fence now about whether or not you need drug treatment, be sure to ask what accreditation the facility has, so that you can be informed about your treatment options and know what to expect from your stay.
Finding Treatment For Your Addiction or Alcoholism
Coming to terms with your addiction can be a difficult task. It is hard to admit that you are powerless over your ability to stop using and asking for help can be even more difficult. At Evolutions Treatment Center we understand this and many of our trained staff members have been exactly where you are right now. So if you believe you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and want to seek help, then call Evolutions Treatment Center today at 1-800-795-8527. We can help you find the support you need in order to finally overcome your addiction and get you on the path to recovery. We are standing by to help, so call today.