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What quality addiction treatment looks like

What Does High-Quality Addiction Treatment Look Like? 

The most cost-effective, humane, and efficient way to provide medical care involves providing holistic, evidence-based care to people who need it from the start. It’s vital to view health and address illness from the get-go, rather than to play “catch-up” on the back end after disease processes have become more advanced, more complicated, and more difficult to treat. This includes addiction treatment and substance use disorder.shutterstock_563758000

1. Treating addiction for what it is – a disorder.

There is no place for shame and blame in addiction treatment but the use of strategies to enhance engagement and retention is among patients is highly important. These strategies include creating an atmosphere of mutual trust through clear communication and transparency of program rules, regulations, and expectations, along with respect among patients and the doctors and staff.

2. Treatment should begin with an assessment.

Reliable and valid screening for a range of substance use disorders and related conditions, as well as any physical or mental health conditions, is necessary for the assessment and treatment. Treatment should take a holistic approach rather than treating just one symptom – the physical addiction. From mind to body treatment should consider all factors in a person’s life and wellbeing for the best success.

3. A holistic integrated approach.

What seems to be a new concept in the world of addiction treatment is the concept of treating addiction and substance use disorder as a chronic disease, which it is. A medical model applied to the treatment of addiction is a powerful way to treat those in need of help. Addictive disorders also consist of a multitude of co-occurring conditions such as physical addiction, mental health, and medical problems and any program should assess and address these pieces of the patient’s life and wellbeing.

4. Continued care.

A doctor has a role in the maintenance of functional recovery, after the detox. Detox is not the end of the road. Essential recovery care includes the support necessary to support the patient after they leave the program or transition from the initial phase of recovery. Programs that strongly emphasize this continuing care aspect will help patients continue on their path to recovery. This is more than just a list of phone numbers, but rather an active role in assisting the patient to seek resources within their community to continue on-going care with providers, peer support, and any other resources need to continue recovery.

5. A dignified and respectful environment.

A supportive environment that treats the patient as just that – a patient. Just like one would be treated if they were seeking treatment for other chronic conditions and diseases. Respect and professionalism are key to the success of a patient’s recovery, without that the courage and confidence needed during recovery will not flourish.

6. Family support.

Participation by loved ones increases the chance a patient will remain in recovery treatment and remain on the path of recovery. Engagement of the patient’s family in their path to recovery is vital to the patient’s success.

7. Evidence-Based Practices like MATPlus®

MATPlus® is a combination of behavioral counseling with medication. Addiction treatment over the past 50 years shows evidence that to have productive, long-term positive outcomes treatments must combine medication with other services like medical, behavioral, individual, and group counseling.

8. Personalize approach.

A team of multi-disciplinary staff from medical doctors, behavioral therapy counselors, and spirituality address a broad array of patient needs that help aid in the recovery process. This means staff hold degrees, licensing, and credentials in their field of specialty.

9. Qualified staff.

A team of multi-disciplinary staff from medical doctors, behavioral therapy counselors, and trained staff address a broad array of patient needs that help aid in the recovery process. This means staff hold degrees, licensing, and credentials in their field of specialty. And a team of qualified staff supports them and the day-to-day operations of the facility.

10. Nationally accredited staff and facilities.

Accreditation from external regulatory organizations and state-required licenses. These licensing and accreditation requirements serve as quality assurance that the treatment program is incorporating a certain level of evidence-based care in its model and is open to random audits of its clinical care.

Whether you or a loved one is looking for the right treatment to help, our MAT PLUS® program provides a custom substance use treatment plan for your needs.
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