What Should I Look for in a Treatment Center as a POC?

Now that you have made the decision to seek treatment for your substance abuse disorder, you are likely faced with a myriad of options when it comes to residential detox and inpatient treatment centers. As a person of color, there are some additional factors to take into account when choosing a treatment program in which to enroll. You want to be certain that you place your trust in a facility which understands any obstacles to sobriety which are unique to you, including any cultural factors which may come into play. Here are some tips to keep in mind when selecting a treatment center.

First, you should inquire as to the diversity among the clinical staff you will be working with during your stay in detox and residential treatment. For those in the African-American and Latino communities, there are cultural stigmas surrounding addiction issues which will need to be addressed during the start of your recovery journey, and it is important you have the opportunity to receive treatment and counseling from sources which have an intimate understanding and experience with these issues. This firsthand knowledge will improve their ability to help you overcome these obstacles and achieve lasting sobriety.

In addition to ensuring a diverse clinical staff, you should also ensure the treatment center you choose to seek admission to have firm, clear policies in place regarding discrimination, perpetrated either by staff or other clients. Choosing to end the vicious cycle of addiction and pursue sobriety is hard enough without suffering from poor treatment at the hands of bigots during the start of your recovery journey. Ensure there is a zero tolerance policy in place regarding such behavior and avoid these painful situations before they arise so you can focus on your recovery during this crucial time.

Getting sober can be the most difficult action you take in your entire life. It requires unwavering willingness, hard work, and constant vigilance in order to stave off any advances your disease attempts to make. For persons of color, there are additional considerations to take into account when beginning a recovery journey in order to maximize your chance of success. At Evolutions, we have gone to great lengths to assemble a diverse staff capable of treating any client with respect, understanding, and empathy. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, either from our staff or from other clients you encounter during your stay with us. If you are ready to take the first step on the road to recovery, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and let us help you begin life anew in sobriety.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit www.evolutionstreatment.com