How To Find A Drug And Alcohol Therapist That Best Meets Your Needs

According to the NIDA, effective treatment for drug and alcohol addiction should be able to help a person stop using, remain substance-free, and give them the means to live a productive life. A big part of the treatment process often includes therapy, and finding the right therapist that works for you can be a challenge.

During your search, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to ensure that you find the right drug and alcohol therapist that best meets your needs. Call to talk to a specialist and discuss your needs.

What Do YOU Need

Everyone has different brain and body chemistry, the DEA says, so responses to the same substance is going to vary from person to person due to those differences. As a result, each person’s treatment is also going to be different, which should be kept in mind when searching for a therapist.

Look at your specific needs, whether they are medically, personally, or recovery based.

Ask Questions

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Ask your potential therapist what treatment methods they’re familiar with.

It is a good idea to have a preliminary meeting with a potential therapist before making a commitment. You should put together a list of questions beforehand to ask during the meeting. Ask them about their qualifications, experience(s), and what their approach would be for your case.

Inquire about what treatment methods they are familiar with and how and if they handle emergencies. Also be sure to find out how well they will be able to work with the rest of your treatment team, whether it’s your family members, sponsor, or other medical staff.

Discuss Costs

Price is often a big issue when it comes to substance abuse treatment. It is not uncommon to find the perfect therapist, only to learn that they are too expensive or not covered by your insurance. Figure out what you can afford for treatment and use that as a guide.

If your insurance does cover substance abuse treatment and therapy, find out exactly what it does and doesn’t cover. Also find out where your insurance will and won’t be accepted.

Location, Location, Location

The physical location of your therapist is rather important, as distance can affect your treatment. If they are far away, you may find yourself making excuses not to go to sessions or cause yourself to become excessively stressed out from a trip or from the office.

Distance can also play a factor if you need to get ahold of your therapist during times of emergency; talking to them on the phone can work sometimes, but being able to sit down face to face may be preferred.

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Level of Quality

When searching for a therapist, you should look at their past work and what previous clients have said about them. Research their background and make sure that there are no outstanding complaints against them. Some may be listed on review sites for medical personnel.

If you set up a preliminary meeting, ask about any recommendations or testimonies about them from previous clients or colleagues.

If you or a loved one has an addiction, please call for the chance to speak with one of our caring specialists for more information about your treatment options.

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