There Is Hope
The Jamie Daniels Foundation is committed to empowering people with the valuable knowledge and information they need to navigate the Substance Use Disorder and recovery process.
This list was designed as a starting point for those in need of help, as well as for people seeking information that can support a family member or close friend in receiving treatment.
What To Know
Understand that there are tens of thousands of Substance Use Disorder care providers. As in all industries, there are good and bad actors. The truth is that some providers are not providing clinically sound care; some are even unethical in their practices.
We say this not to frighten or discourage. We urge people to maintain a healthy skepticism when vetting treatment options. In seeking care for yourself or a loved one, all information should be verified. When possible, you should seek out those who have found recovery and, if appropriate, connect with those that have helped them.
Information provided by treatment centers cannot be taken as fact – in particular, what’s found on the internet. Some treatment centers advertise things that are not true. Some treatment centers that are doing excellent work receive negative reviews that are unfair or false. Negative reviews may come from those not accepting recovery, as well as potentially unscrupulous competition.
Know that there are third-party organizations and/or mental health professionals who exist to provide guidance and direction to individuals and families. These independent providers do not benefit from the recommendations made – only the success of their clients. It is also important to know that there are many different types and different levels of treatment.
What To Consider
- Is residential treatment necessary?
- Is detox needed?
- What types of substance use and co-occurring disorders are treated at the facility?
- What types of therapy models are used?
- Are there experiential models used?
- Is there a psychiatrist on staff, and how often are they on site?
- Is there a family program? Obtain specific details.
- What are the continuity care options?
- What is the insurance/private pay policy?
Demographic of Current Clients
- What is the average age?
- What is the age of the youngest and oldest clients currently receiving care?
- What is the gender ratio?
- What is the ratio of beds to the number of clients currently enrolled?
- What is the staff-to-client ratio?
- How many clients does each therapist treat?
Staying diligent and thorough in the process of getting yourself or a loved one to treatment can be a very trying and challenging process. Reach out for help, be discerning and always remember that meaningful recovery is possible.