1. Is it non-profit?
2. Is it accredited by either CARF or JCAHO? Both are equally good and nationally recognized.
3. Are clinical staff all licensed and certified?
4. Is transitionary care offered? (Intensive Outpatient; Sober Living etc)
5. Does the facility offer trauma therapy?
6. Has it been around for at least 20 years? (Avoid new entrants – many are places funded by big money who are focused on profit. NDFW has been around for 40 years)
7. Is someone at the actual facility answering the phone? (Many third party call centers “sell" patients to for-profit facilities - literally to the highest bidder. I wish I were making this up.)
8. Is it gender specific? (For women, especially, this can be very important.)
9. Can women bring their young children with them for the entire time they're in treatment? (Many women refuse to get care unless they can be with their young children.)
Anyway - just a bit of a checklist for anyone trying to figure out how to find a good recovery place. Final bit of full disclosure - I've sent women I know who were struggling with addiction to New Directions. So, I put my money where my mouth is.
So much empathy ,, education