Finding a suitable addiction recovery plan is challenging. While your budget or location may preclude you from your top picks, there are some non-negotiables to consider when vetting your options.

Here are some telling signs that an addiction recovery program will be a bad fit and what to look for instead.

What To Look for in Addiction Recovery Programs

Before you can identify the red flags in an addiction recovery program, it’s helpful to know what to look for instead. According to the experts at Recovery Life Group in Maryland, some recovery program green flags include:

  • Evidence-based treatments and modalities
  • Qualifications and experience of the treatment staff
  • Availability of aftercare and ongoing support
  • Integration of holistic and alternative therapies
  • Accommodation and amenities
  • Access to medical care
  • Cost and insurance options
  • Availability of specialized treatment for unique needs, such as gender-specific or LGBTQ+-specific programs
  • Location and accessibility to support from friends and family

With those key elements in mind, here are some specific issues to watch for.

Lack of Individualization

While many people with substance use disorders experience similar side effects and struggles, everyone has unique needs when it comes to treatment. If the program you’re looking for takes a one-size-fits-all approach, it’s likely not a good fit.

As you progress through treatment and make headway with your recovery, you may not require the same level of individualization and support. However, it’s important that your support team can tailor their approach to you — especially during the early days.

Lack of Specialization

Some programs take a general approach to addiction treatment. It’s essential to have a program that specializes in your type of addiction with relevant experience in the substance you struggle with the most.

Many people facing addiction also deal with concurrent mental health diagnoses. Working with a treatment provider who knows how to manage dual diagnoses is essential for success. Similarly, finding a program that meets your cultural needs can help improve the fit.

It’s also essential to look at the program’s approach and methodologies when treating people facing addiction. For example, some providers are resistant to medically assisted treatment (MAT), while others consider it a patient right.

Insufficient Resources

Be wary of programs that seem to struggle with staffing and funding. If the staff-to-patient ratio is low or the facilities have seen better days, you may not get the care and attention you need to succeed. 

If the treatment methods seem outdated, the living conditions look unsanitary or uncomfortable, or the staff seems burnt out, look for another program.

Lack of Follow-up

It’s also important to look a few steps ahead in your treatment plan. Some treatment providers focus on a small portion of the overall journey — detox, for example. It’s important to have a consistent aftercare plan to minimize gaps and improve your comfort and trust level with providers. 

If possible, avoid choosing a treatment provider that lacks follow-through or aftercare plans.

Unfortunately, you may not find the perfect solution when seeking addiction treatment. However, avoiding these red flags can help you find the right program to suit your needs, bolstering your chances of success.

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Nicolas Desjardins

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