Choosing the Best Rehab Center

How To Choose a Rehab Center

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and are ready for help, choosing the best rehab center for your needs is critical to successful recovery. You should consider whether the facility is accredited, what types of treatments it offers, and whether its evidence-based treatments can be tailored to your needs. This article on how to choose a rehab center will help you get started. 

How To Find a Rehab Center 

It’s important to begin your search for a rehab center by being aware of all of your options. Depending on your location, you may have multiple rehab centers within a short distance from you, or you may be required to travel a bit of a distance. Deciding how far away from home you’re willing to travel is a good starting point. 

To find addiction treatment centers near you, start with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA offers a free, confidential online directory that allows you to search by location first.

Then, you can apply additional filters. These filters include options like alcohol and drug rehab centers that also treat mental health, specific opioid treatment programs, and centers offering medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Massachusetts Center for Addiction is here to help. When you have questions about what to look for in a rehab center or want to understand better the process and what type of treatment is available, we’re here to answer your call. 

What Matters In Choosing an Alcohol or Drug Rehab Center

When choosing an alcohol or drug rehab center, the facility’s accreditation and the range of treatment options available are important. A center with a multidisciplinary team ensures comprehensive care that addresses all aspects of addiction, from medical detox to psychological support and aftercare planning.


Accreditation is an important component of finding the best rehab center.  When a rehab center is accredited, it means that the facility consistently meets or exceeds the highest levels of standards of care. 

Accreditation also indicates that the rehab center has opened itself up to assessment by major organizations, such as the Joint Commission or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.  

Multidisciplinary Staff

Consider the type of staff members and their qualifications. There isn’t one single discipline of care that works for treating addiction across the spectrum. A qualified addiction recovery center will offer a multidisciplinary staff to meet the needs of its patients. 

This staffing may include:

  • Medical and Mental Health Professionals
  • Therapists and Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Nursing Staff
  • Holistic Practitioners
  • Peer Support Specialists 

Continuum of Care 

Multiple levels of care support the individual from detox through aftercare planning in addiction recovery. This continuum of care allows the individual to safely and effectively transition from one level of care to the next. 

Not every rehab center offers the complete addiction continuum of care, and a transfer of care may need to be facilitated during recovery. For example, alcohol or drug detox should take place in a hospital or inpatient addiction center that is equipped with the necessary medical and mental health support. After detox and inpatient care, it’s possible to transfer to a rehab center that offers several levels of ongoing care. 

A typical addiction treatment continuum of care may look like this, although some steps may be skipped or repeated depending on the individual’s needs. 

Massachusetts Center for Addiction does not provide alcohol and drug detox or inpatient treatment. We are able to help connect you with the best addiction treatment centers and medical care facilities that do, and we’re equipped to help you throughout the next steps in your continuum of care. 

Addiction-Specific Treatment

Consider choosing a rehab center that specializes in your specific type of addiction. For example, opioid addiction is best managed and treated in a rehab center that specializes in opioid recovery because they’re going to have highly experienced staff and offer higher-level opioid addiction treatments and therapies, such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), that other rehab centers might not offer. 

Holistic Approach to Addiction Treatment 

Addiction treatment that focuses on a holistic approach to recovery is often the most successful. This means considering the individual’s past, their goals for the future, their mental health, which approaches work best for them, and supporting their family and loved ones through the journey to recovery. 

The best rehab centers offer more than a straight-line approach to addiction treatment. Look for a rehab center that considers the whole person, instead of focusing just on the addiction. 

Questions To Ask When Choosing a Rehab Facility 

Knowing which questions to ask can help eliminate unqualified addiction treatment and rehab centers from your list. This list of questions is a good place to start.

  • What is your licensing and accreditation?
  • Do you offer a multi-disciplinary staff?
  • Do you use a range of evidence-based treatments?
  • What is your continuum of care?
  • What is your overall success rate?
  • How long are your addiction treatment programs?
  • What are my options for payment?
  • Which insurance providers do you work with?
  • Are you in-network with my insurance provider?
  • Do you offer post-treatment support?
  • Do you offer mental health support?
  • Do you offer support for family and loved ones?

Finding the Best Rehab Center 

The best rehab center is the one that meets your needs and helps you put one foot in front of the other on the road to addiction recovery. Massachusetts Center for Addiction offers a continuum of care that includes PHP, IOP, medication-assisted treatment, aftercare planning, and aftercare support. 

We’re here to help, whether you’re ready to take the first steps to addiction recovery or you just have questions that need to be answered. Call us today at 844-486-0671

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