How to Spot Quality Addiction Treatment

Finding Effective Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Programs

Arrowhead-Lodge-Recovery-Rehab-for-Boomer-Men-Prescott-AZAddiction treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and substance use disorder (SUD) is available in many different formats. When searching for addiction treatment and a residential rehab center –  there are five main elements of best available quality treatment.

While there is never a guarantee of success regarding addiction treatment, rehab facilities with these five elements are more likely to provide effective evidence-based treatment (based on the latest scientific research).

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Rehab for Men is proud to have and exceed all five of the elements of higher-quality care, as recommended by the NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there are five critical elements of quality addiction treatment programs.

Top Five Elements of Effective Alcoholism and Addiction Treatment

  1. Staff Credentials – licensed professional therapists with addiction specialties, accredited alcohol treatment programs, and board-certified addiction doctors.
  2. Comprehensive Assessment – a complete assessment of the person’s alcohol use and other medical and behavioral issues by health professionals.
  3. Customized, Responsive Treatment Plan -Based on the results of a comprehensive assessment, the therapist or doctor should work with the person entering treatment to develop a customized treatment plan. Treatment is not “one size fits all.”
  4. Evidence-based Therapies – Treatments with the strongest chances for success are those that are informed by the results of rigorous scientific research on alcohol use disorder. These evidence-based options include both behavioral treatments and medications.
  5. Continuing Recovery Support – A good treatment provider will work with each of their patients to develop a long-term strategy for ongoing recovery support after the initial treatment plan ends. These are sometimes called “continuing care plans,” “discharge plans,” or “aftercare” plans.

Licensed and Accredited Addiction Treatment Programs

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Addiction Recovery Coaching and MonitoringWhen searching for an addiction treatment program, look for a program that is both licensed and accredited. All programs must have a license to provide a service. However accredited programs have, in addition, gone through a rigorous review by an independent national review board; such as the Joint Commission. This indicates that the program meets widely accepted standards of clinical quality.

You want to get a sense of what the programʹs minimum standards are for counselors and what credentials most of them have. Virtually all counselors need to be licensed or certified to practice in their state. Look for programs that go ʺabove and beyondʺ the minimum requirements. Look for programs in which most of the counselors are licensed clinical professionals who have received formal education and training in alcohol and drug counseling.

You might also want to ask: ʺAre the counselors supervised by a primary care doctor or psychiatrist who is board certified in addiction medicine?ʺ While rare in most facilities, this would mean the clinical program is overseen by someone with the highest available credentials in addiction treatment.

[Note: The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery treatment programs are supervised by Dr. Rob Ashby, M.D., Medical Director: Pain Medicine and Addictionologist and Dr. Monica Faria, M.D. Addiction Psychiatrist and Neurologist. See Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff.]

How common is a “dual diagnosis” such as AUD, plus anxiety or depression—and how is this treated?

arrowhead-lodge-recovery-impaired-professionals-m-cap-assessmentNational data indicate that at least one-third of all persons participating in addiction treatment programs for alcohol use disorder (AUD) have a co-occurring mental health disorder; most often anxiety or depression. Likewise, about one out of every four people treated in mental health programs have a co-occurring substance use disorder—most commonly, AUD.

The co-occurrence of alcohol and mental health problems is challenging for treatment providers because each issue can complicate the other. It’s important that treatment providers be able to identify and address both issues at the same time. Treatment that focuses on one issue at a time (for example, treating the AUD before addressing a patient’s anxiety disorder) is less effective than a comprehensive, integrated approach to dual diagnoses.

How to Get Help for Problem Drinking and Alcoholism

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Boomer Men's Rehab, Prescott AZArrowhead Lodge Recovery is a gender specific residential-only  rehab for men, ages 30 and older; located in the beautiful, pristine mountains above Prescott, Arizona. We provide addiction and depression treatment for men who suffer from alcoholism; as well as treating co-occurring disorders.

Our average client is age 45-65+.

We use a multi-disciplinary addiction treatment approach implemented by licensed professionals. The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff includes a Physician-Addictionologist, Addiction Psychiatrist, Physician Board Certified in Pain Medicine, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Registered Nurse, several Licensed Therapists, and an addiction Nutritionist.

Mindfulness training, healthy exercise, nutritional counseling and educationcognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation are a part of our treatment program. We have chosen to keep our facility small and staff to client ratio large. Each client receives individual therapy and counseling; as well as group therapy and counseling.

Chronic Alcoholism Treatment Program

Arrowhead-Lodge-Recovery,Men's Rehab Group Therapy, Prescott AZThe experienced, licensed and accredited Arrowhead Lodge Recovery staff allows us to help men with chronic alcoholism for whom previous treatment attempts may have failed.

We assist our clients in finding their personal connection to the spiritual. Through years of experience, we believe in the power of spirituality in the addiction healing process. We assist our clients in discovering their unique path to living a more authentic and joyful life. See our article on Mindfulness Meditation – The 10th Step.

Impaired Professionals Well-Being Program

We have an Impaired Professionals well-being program. If you are monitored by a board that oversees your professional license and requires an assessment, addiction treatment, or both – our Impaired Professionals Well-Being Program provides solutions.

Alcoholism Recovery Journey to Wholeness and Healing

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Mens Rehab, Thumb Butte Trail

At our mountain retreat facility above Prescott, Arizona in Prescott National Forest – men find and strengthen inner peace, and experience tranquility.

We equip our clients with the depth and stability to handle all the curves and disappointments – as well as joys – in their regular daily lives once they leave Arrowhead Lodge Recovery.

Start your journey to alcohol recovery by contacting Arrowhead Lodge Recovery.

Your confidentiality is assured when you contact us.

Speak personally and privately with Executive Director Dr. Kenneth Chance at (888) 654-2800.

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