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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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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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