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Importance for Using Reviews on Adolescent-Teen Drug Rehabs

The importance of accurate consumer reviews and testimonials when trying to find the right drug rehab or mental health treatment center for teens or adolescents…

 

Many parents unforunately find themselves in need of searching for clinical recovery services for their teen son or daughter. Whether it has to do with mental health issues, substance abuse or a combination thereof, this is a process that is typically overwhelming yet necessary. In most cases this event will follow a series of prior events that have spiraled this to a high-priority matter. Examples of this might be behavioral issues, poor grades, fights at school, drastic change in personality, theft, etc.

When it comes to finding a reputable addiction or mental health treatment center for your adolescent child, it is absolutely critical to perform substantial research on any facility in question. This goes even beyond verification of state licensing and other business credentials. For instance, it is important to keep an eye out for any complaints or reviews having to do with individual staff members at a facility.  ATRI recommends even going so far as clicking over to the staff page of the center's website and performing web searches on each individual listed. An example search phrase might be, "Complaints for (person's name) at XYZ treatment center."

It is very important to understand that a child of 13 to 17 years old in this scenario typically has worse judgement than the typical adolescent, which doesn't have great judgement to begin with! Factor in a potentially volatile situation resulting from any number of common issues and  all of a sudden there can be a variety of unwelcomed outcomes; or even worse, a predatory or even abusive staffmember. This isn't to say that such occurrances are common. As a matter of fact, adolescent/teen treatment facilities always run extensive background checks on all staff in order to best minimize the potentiality of such scenarios.

If you are in a situation of needing to find rehabilitiation for you son or daughter between the ages of 13 and 18, here are a few quick suggestions prior to making a final decision:


  1. First speak with the mental health hotline at your health insurance provider (the phone number is typically on the back of your insurance card). Find at least 2 or 3 facilities in-network and get as much information as you can regarding services, payment, options, etc.
  2. Upon speaking with the admission staff at each facility be sure to ask the same exact list of questions so that you're best able to match apples to apples. Create a prior list that addresses each of the particulars around your situation, i.e., particular behaviors you're noticing, medication, aftercare & support, family guidance, length of treatment, added options and of course, any additional out-of-pocket costs..
  3. Search relentlessly online for reviews, testimonials and complaints on the facility as well as individual staff members. Most treatment center websites have a staff page with listings and photographs of clinical staff.
  4. Check all credentialing and oversight bodies to ensure the facility is in good standing. One word of caution however, just because a rehab facility may have a complaint or pending action online or elsewhere, don't let that be the deciding factor in and of itself. There are many wonderful facilities and recovery services out there that have unforunately fallen victim to unscrupulous complaints or an incident that was entirely situational and outside of their control. Running an adolescent-teen rehab that remains entirely free of any such bumps in the road is simply impossible, but definitely keep an eye out for patterns.
  5. Consider focusing on regions throughout the nation that tend to have a higher than average presence of reputable drug & mental health rehab centers such as, California, Malibu, Los Angeles, Orange County and other like regions.

Feel free to contact ATRI 7 days a week at (888) 510-3190 with any questions or if you require unbiased assistance and information in finding the right treatment facility for your son or daughter.

 

 


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Published on 05/27/2014

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The Growing Heroin Epidemic Throughout the United States

The rising tide of widespread heroin abuse and addiction is now affecting more age groups as well as more affluent suburban regions throughout the country

It seems not all that long ago we were all talking about the growing epidemic surrounding opiate pain pill use among numerous segments of society.  Drugs such as Oxycontin, Norco, Vicodin and Percocet might as well have been household terms.  As a result, addiction treatment centers nationwide were seeing a tremendous rise in client populations with dependencies related to this class of drugs.  Consequently, new government regulations and procedures kicked in as a means of curtailing the growing epidemic, while simultaneously creating enormous increase in price and availability.

Many treatment professionals agree that much of why the growing heroin epidemic is occurring is due to a ripple effect caused by increased pricing and diminished availability of opiate painkillers, the most common of which being Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.  Add to that the already low cost associated with heroin as compared to a variety of other street drugs, and it’s no wonder we’re seeing this type of trend. The change taking place today however, is the fact that such devastating substances are no longer confined to stereotypical classes such as, inner cities, Hollywood elite and so on. Today the wrath of heroin is seen in some of the nation’s most affluent regions, regions once thought to be immune from such unheard of scenarios.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of Americans who have used heroin had risen from 373,000 in 2007 to 669,000 in 2012  The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) claims that 4.2 million Americans have tried heroin, and 23% of those having tried it have or will become physically dependent.

A common bridge into the world of heroin use is often created among teens and young adults having initially entered by way of pharmaceuticals.  What may have started as an innocent Friday night party tool via of mom’s vicodin bottle in the medicine cabinet, quickly turns toward a street-drug addiction once the bottle or prescribing physician are no longer on-call.  Given the unrelenting nature of opiate and opioid’s physical dependence, not to mention its agonizing withdrawal symptoms, turning to heroin is a quick and comparatively inexpensive remedy.  Consequently we’re now seeing affluent suburban and even rural regions being engulfed by its grasp.  Towns like Calabasas and Simi Valley, California; states like Vermont and New Jersey; the list of once thought unlikely hot spots continues to rise.

In an article dated Dec, 7, 2012, Maryland’s Baltimore Sun newspaper published statistics showing a direct correlation between declining prescription pill abuse and its inverse result result with heroin.  These addicts need their fix and when the bottle runs dry there needs to be a suitable replacement.

It remains our sincere hope that as addiction educations thrives, and as awareness of substance abuse consequences becomes more and more mainstream, that we as a society will begin to see steadily declining numbers.  For those needing help or who may know someone needing help, we encourage you to embrace a “take-charge” attitude and act immediately.  Heroin kills, it kills thousands of people each year!  One hot dose is all it takes…

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The Importance of Reviews When Seeking Addiction Treatment

Why is it so important to seek unbiased reviews/testimonials for substance abuse treatment services, residential rehab, therapists, interventionists and so on?

These days it seems that nearly everyone is in one way or another touched by drug addiction, alcoholism, chemical dependency and/or some type of mental health disorder in one way or another.  Whether it is you, a family member, a friend, acquaintance or work colleague, these types of illnesses have a tendency to affect the sufferer as well as the immediate, and even distant, individuals surrounding them and their day-to-day lives.

Reviews and Information on Teen Treatment Centers, Residential Drug Rehabs, Sober Living and so onWhether you’re searching for a teen or adolescent drug rehab center for your son or daughter, adult inpatient treatment facility, outpatient or day treatment for addiction/alcoholism, sober living housing or any number of independent recovery professionals like therapists, sober coaches, interventionists and so on, keep in mind that there are a number of methods available for locating accurate and unbiased reviews, complaints & testimonials from current and/or past clients.  And while many recovery-related websites may boast numerous testimonials and reviews on their own company websites, remember that these services and.or treatment centers are attempting to sell you something so take everything you see with a grain of salt.  This isn’t to say that we suggest not believing what you read on there, but we are saying that reviews from unbiased 3rd party websites typically have greater merit.

If you or someone close to you are struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction you know full well of the life-altering implications it carries.  There is no room for compromise or short changing when it comes to obtaining formidable, effective treatment services.  It doesn’t matter which type of rehab center or treatment service you may be seeking, reading reviews from past clients is the single greatest tool in determining if this is a potentially good direction of recovery to consider.  There are obviously many additional elements to consider with regard to your specific situation, but if you see a number of reviews or complaints mentioning how the facility, for instance, over charges and under delivers then you at least know to keep looking onward before any further inquiry into the treatment services.  Does this mean every 3rd party review, testimonial or complaint is absolutely accurate?  Of course not, but use your God-given intelligence to make logic-based determinations…

ATRI is here for you 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  From residential & inpatient treatment to sober living to IOP to every aspect of recovery from nearly every possible service type, please take advantage of the critical information we make available for you and your family!  We can be reached toll free at (877) 494-ATRI or (877) 494-2874

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The Difference Between Insurance and Private Pay Drug Rehabs

Information on what differentiates drug rehab centers that accept PPO or HMO insurance plans versus those that only accept out-of-pocket private payments

Most licensed residential & outpatient drug rehabs and treatment centers work with at least a few of the major health insurance providers nationwide.  Examples of such companies would be; Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Pacificare, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, Cigna, United Healthcare and several others.  In most cases clients with PPO plans will have many more options than those with HMO plans.

Most health insurance providers have very stringent standards and are extremely tight with their payouts when a client requires treatment services.  As a result, it is quite rare that one’s health insurance coverage will cover the cost of rehabilitation in its entirety.  In most cases there is a standard deductible or copayment required upon intake that can range anywhere from several undred to as much as several thousand dollars.  Beyond that, it may also be the case that your health insurance provider caps out at a certain monthly or annual payout and thus, any residential or outpatient treatment center charges above that mark are the client’s responsibility.

The real question remains, in a scenario of a treatment center only accepting private payments versus one that contracts with health insurance providers, which tends to offer a higher and/or more effective level of care?  The truth is, that when it comes to things like drug addiction, alcoholism, substance abuse and dual-diagnosis issues, so many variables exist that it’s difficult to truly assess which treatment center is in fact more or less effective.  What we can say, however, is that facilities charging higher rates or solely funded through private pay clients have more flexibility and thus, typically offer a broader array of both, clinical as well as non clinical services.  Private pay rehabs often have expanded holistic and ancillary components like yoga, pilates, personal training, private coaching, naturous activities and so on.  All this is of course in addition to primary elements like group & private therapy, counseling, relapse prevention, etc.

Health insurance companies always have what are termed “contracted rates” which means that they pay far less for the same program that the client would otherwise spend on an out-of-pocket basis.  A drug rehab charging 22 thousand dollars per month for non insurance clients might only receive half that amount from the provider of an insurance pay client.  Whether or not the client has the ability or is required to make up the difference is entirely on a case by case basis.

In the final analysis, there is no set equation as to determining the effectiveness and success rates of drug rehabs accepting health insurance versus those that don’t.  One word of caution though, if a facility does not accept any type of health insurance provider it is extremely important that you verify their state licensing during your initial inquiry.  While some addiction & alcoholism treatment centers are fully licensed yet opt to not accept insurance in lieu of their elite, high-end environment, others will commonly avert licensing restrictions and operate as a “recovery environment” as opposed to a bona fide “treatment center” which means they essentially have no governing body being held accountable to.


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Does Luxury Improve Addiction Treatment and Sober Living Homes

How does the presence of luxury and amenities factor into the scope of drug rehabs, treatment services and sober living homes-transitional housing?

 

For those familiar with the world of addiction, alcoholism and its many varying treatment & recovery avenues, it is so common to hear strong varying opinions with respect to the overall value of the presence of luxury services.  Whether the topic evolves around the scope of drug & alcohol rehab or sober living homes or anything of the sort, there are certainly no shortage of opinions.  We hear stories of folks spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on recovery services and are left wondering whether or not the value is truly there…

At the heart of the question we must ask if there is an actual statistic showing that the more one spends on treatment services or sober living housing, the higher the likelihood for long-term sobriety?  As to whether or not such a verifiable statistic exists, we of A.T.R.I. are not aware of any.  Likewise, do we discourage the possibility that spending more on treatment might not mean a greater likelihood for long-term success?  Absolutely not.  As a matter of fact, logic would dictate that given the enhanced array of clinical services provided to the client, coupled with the added social benefits, amenities & comforts, that the likelihood for acquiring a stronger appeal to the presence of sobriety in one’s own life would exist.  Right?

In today’s world of addiction and alcoholism treatment we’ve begun to see what is described as an affordable alternative to high priced luxury rehab by way of what is termed “The Florida Model” sober living design.  These are basically high-end, luxurious and quite highly structured transitional sober living homes located in prestigious regions, most commonly in areas like Malibu, CA, Scottsdale, AZ, Orange County, CA, Southern Florida, Manhattan, NY and so on.  Since sober living homes are not overseen or licensed by public health agencies they are limited in the scope of clinical treatment services offered onsite, and will therefore network out these services on a case by case basis.  In a sense, they are able to provide luxury accommodations equal to that of a high end rehab or treatment center while basically adding in a la carte clinical recovery on a case by case basis, but at a lower cost than would otherwise be charged at a conventional inpatient or residential facility.

At the end of the day it boils down to this: if the client is ready to get sober and put in the work, they are likely to achieve their goal no matter where they go.  However, in certain cases a client needs more than just their steadfast decision to follow a new direction. Our best advice for the client & the family is to ask lots of questions before deciding on a direction of treatment.  And more than that, map out what would be good vs. bad answers to each of your questions so that you may effectively navigate through any potential fluff that is not applicable to yours or your loved one’s situation.  The fact of the matter is that most all treatment services can be beneficial to one degree or another, but it is so critical to find the right match for your specific set of needs!

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Addiction Treatment vs. Alcoholism Treatment

What is the difference between drug rehabs for addiction, substance abuse & chemical dependency and treatment centers for those with alcoholism?

 

The treatment process for those suffering from things like drug addiction, substance abuse and chemical dependency versus alcoholism is basically the same.  From a lay perspective, disregarding all the clinical jargon and fancy language, whether or not a client abuses drugs, alcohol, gambling and so on basically boils down to the fact that the substance or damaging behavior he or she chooses to partake in is not nearly as relevant as the underlying reasons perpetuating this behavior.


Granted, with regard to the initial detoxification process it is very important that the process is based specifically on the uniqueness of the substance/s being abused.  As you may or may not know by now, alcohol detoxification can be a fatal proposition if done incorrectly whereas detox from marijuana or cocaine is basically non problematic.  That said however, once the client is in the actual recovery or treatment process it comes down to resolving the underlying components which serve to perpetuate their need to drink, use drugs, gamble, etc. For example, taking a 12-Step point of view, if you compare the variation in wording between the written steps for NA (Narcotics Anonymous) and AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) you will see the difference is literally one or two words.

While drug rehab centers and alcohol treatment are basically one in the same, there is the common thought that it’s beneficial for the client to work with counselors, therapists and even a sponsor (a sponsor falls outside the scope of treatment) whom share a similar past in terms of the substance of choice.  The reason behind this is that each substance has unique components that make it difficult for others to understand.  Take crack-cocaine for instance; here is a drug that accompanies an often skid-row, criminal mentality, versus a lifestyle of alcohol abuse that can mean anything from high society lifestyle to living in a box on skid row as well…and everything in between.


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The information above is intended as a general guide based on the experience of many. The creators of this web page are not licensed physicians; we are caring individuals whom have experienced the horrors of addictive-type illnesses on many levels. We speak from many years of personal and professional experience. Please feel free to contact us for any reason at: info@addiction-rehab-reviews.org

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America’s Major Recovery Regions and States – CA, FL, AZ, TX

Why are states like California, Florida, Texas and Arizona almost always on the forefront of addiction and alcoholism treatment services

 

Throughout the United States it has become quite well known among those working within the addiction & alcoholism treatment industry that states like California, Florida, Arizona & Texas tend to be among the most frequented by people needing rehabilitation.  Why is this?  Is it because some of the most well known facilities are located in these regions?  Is it because luxury and higher-end treatment centers tend to offer a broader array of recovery and ancillary components?


People fly to these states from all corners of the world in order to check into some type of rehab, be it for drugs alcohol, eating disorders, co-occurring disorders and so on.  Moreover, many choose to stay longer, post-treatment, in order to transition into some of their highly recognized sober living homes as well.  Whatever the case may be, and while it’s true that California, Florida, Arizona & Texas tend to draw the most attention in this regard, it is important to realize that many other regions offer wonderful mental health & addiction/alcoholism treatment centers as well.

One of the key differences with these 4 states is that they seem to offer a higher percentage of what appears to be more luxurious, higher-end rehab facilities for men and women.  Is this truly the case when compared percentage wise with all the other local recovery services in the region?  We don’t know but one thing is for sure, these specific facilities tend to have created a very strong reputation for themselves in a umber of ways.  Most of these locations accept health insurance but are costly to the point that a substantial out-of-pocket investment will need to be added to the insurance portion.  In turn, there are usually more enhanced clinical services, expanded ancillary services and of course, better cuisine and more privacy.

A.T.R.I. does not present this material as any type of endorsement for any specific treatment center or recovery approach.  We are simply speaking from experience.


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The information above is intended as a general guide based on the experience of many. The creators of this web page are not licensed physicians; we are caring individuals whom have experienced the horrors of addictive-type illnesses on many levels. We speak from many years of personal and professional experience. Please feel free to contact us for any reason at: info@addiction-rehab-reviews.org

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Accurate Recovery and Treatment Information

Why is it so important to have accurate information for those seeking help with drug addiction, alcoholism, substance abuse, etc?

 

The addiction & alcoholism treatment industry is like none other.  To many, it is mysterious and scary!  Maybe you’re struggling with some type of addiction or alcoholism, maybe you’re in the horrible grips of an eating disorder like bulimia or anorexia and so on.  Whatever your situation may be, rest assured that accurate information, reviews and testimonials awaits.


We here at A.T.R.I. are focused on providing the most accurate information possible with respect to drug rehab centers, inpatient & outpatient treatment services, sober living homes, transitional housing, sober coaches, interventionists and even attorneys & law firms specializing in defense for those with charges stemming from drugs and alcohol.  People facing the types of situations requiring any of the above mentioned recovery or treatment services can be in life-altering dilemmas.  They need accurate information, authentic reviews & testimonials and so on.  These people need to gain a clear understanding of their situation and what it involves.

To many, being sober and living a life in recovery is the greatest blessing of all.  No matter what type of past horror their addiction or alcoholism or eating disorder may have caused, their new way of sobriety has brought more gifts and joy that could ever have been imagined!  The developers of A.T.R.I. are thrilled to pass along this information.  So whether you’re seeking the help of some type of drug-alcohol rehab, an eating disorder clinic, a sober living home or anything of the sort, take your time, look around and feel free to email us at the address below if we can help.


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The information above is intended as a general guide based on the experience of many. The creators of this web page are not licensed physicians; we are caring individuals whom have experienced the horrors of addictive-type illnesses on many levels. We speak from many years of personal and professional experience. Please feel free to contact us for any reason at: info@addiction-rehab-reviews.org

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