Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers are a godsend to families that have problems dealing with a family member who is a victim of substance abuse. When things escalate to the extreme, there is a very limited choice on how to make their loved one better and be on the road to recovery and sobriety. It is a very sad fact to know however that not all drug rehab centers are out to help, there are some who take advantage of an already volatile situation for profit, billing families with thousands and thousands worth of therapy and counseling without actually helping the patient recover. These take advantage of families in their moment of crisis, sometimes the way an addict goes into rehab is when they overdose on their drug of choice. There are warning signs and telltale signals that you may want to watch out for. Read on below and go through some of the more obvious signs a rehab center may not be watching out for its patients best interests at heart.
Watch out For Patient “Brokers”
Sometimes you come across an ad that may seem too generic and you have noticed them in other places. They could be “headhunters” who are actually just getting patients and channeling them to a particular center for a fee. These may just be collecting phone numbers and email addresses and sell them to whatever center is paying them to do these things.
Offers To Pay for “Travel”
A drug and alcohol rehab center that offers to pay for travel may actually be doing something illegal in the form of inducement. If a person offers this to you, call the rehab company and confirm if he is indeed an employee.
Daily Laboratory Testing
These unscrupulous rehab centers will often bill you for laboratory tests that cost thousands of dollars to pad their bill for profit. More often than not these tests have nothing to do with the patient’s recovery.
No Therapists?No Way.
When you initially contact them, there seems to be no interest in the situation of the patient themselves. A rehab is a complex procedure that involves a thorough assessment of the patient in order for treatment to be customized and tailor fit for the particular patient. This is a telltale sign for you to move on and continue the search.
Staff to Patient Ratio
These numbers should be available for you when you ask for them as this will determine how the patient will fare once he or she is admitted inside, the higher the ratio is the less likely that your loved one would fare any better than in your care at home.
Do they Have Support for Other Conditions?
More often than not, addicts can contract several serious illnesses in the course of their addiction, such as Hepatitis or HIV. It is important to note any facility or if they have any at all that handles these related medical conditions.
Do They Have After-Therapy Support?
Once the patient has completed the program, how are they monitoring the patients progress outside of the controlled environment of the facility? These considerations are vital that you have information on them for a successful introduction of your loved one back into the sober life.