At Sovereign Health, we offer specialized mental health, substance abuse and dual diagnosis disorder treatment tailor-made for the unique issues of each patient. Our comprehensive programs begin at admission, where our expert staff conduct a thorough assessment for any potential co-occurring conditions in order to create an accurate diagnosis so that each patient gets the right treatment.
When someone is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, it hurts his or her life. However, the situation is not hopeless. With the right treatment, a person can regain control over his or her life. In order to find the right program for you or someone you love, you have to do your research. When comparing facilities, there are some important questions you should ask to help you decide whether it is the right fit for your situation.
At Sovereign Health Group, we offer state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatment for addiction, mental health disorders, eating disorders, and co-occurring conditions. You can call our admission staff at 866-629-0442 24/7 to discuss our programs and whether they are a proper match for your situation.
The first step in the research process is to identify the issue or issues for which you or your loved one needs treatment. A person might suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, mental health problems, eating disorders, or co-occurring conditions. Some facilities specialize in just one therapeutic area, such as residential treatment centers for depression or PTSD treatment centers, while others, such as Sovereign Health, have multiple areas of expertise, including dual diagnosis. You can find out more about dual diagnosis here.
Next, you should have the following important questions at hand when you review the center’s websites or speak with the admissions staff. This list will help you find out the information you need to know to make a well-informed decision. Once you have a more thorough understanding of a particular rehab center’s offerings, you can decide whether it will be the right fit for you. Most of the questions focus on the efficacy of treatment and what type of programs the facilities offer, but you also have to consider some logistical questions such as location and cost during the research process.
Does the Staff Include a Variety of Professionals?
When you are vetting a potential rehab facility, the first item you should review is the staff, especially the clinical staff, to ensure the center features the highest quality of care. The easiest way to learn more about the staff is to check their licensing, degrees and certifications. When reviewing the staff members, check to see whether there is a mix of disciplines represented on staff, so that they can work on all underlying conditions.
When reviewing the staff’s education, ensure that the mental health professionals hold a master’s or doctorate degree. Psychologists hold either a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in psychology, a Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD), or a doctorate of marriage and family therapy (DMFT). Clinical psychologists should be licensed by the state or similar governing body with up-to-date certification.
A center should also include licensed medical staff, such as a psychiatrist and physician to provide support for the patient’s health, particularly during detox. Medical staff can also write and manage prescription medications as needed. Nurses and other medical support staff may be on staff as well. Some centers also have registered dieticians, yoga instructors, and other professionals offering therapeutic services. You should check that each of these professionals are appropriately trained, licensed and certified as well.
At Sovereign Health, we have distinguished multi-disciplinary clinical staff members as well as experienced and quality support staff. You can learn more about our staff here.
What type of Therapies and Treatments are offered?
This question is the most important one to ask. If a center does not offer the right treatment program for your situation, then no matter how great it is, it will not help you. You should ask what type of disorders it supports as well as the therapy and treatment modalities offered. Another important element to research is whether the programs use a mixture of complementary and alternative therapies as well as group and individual psychotherapies. You will also want to know whether it is an outpatient or residential treatment facility.
The best type of program treats each individual in a unique manner to heal all underlying conditions rather than relying on a basic program that treats everyone the same way. It should also provide patients tools for a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle, as well as coping mechanisms and other skills for when they return to life and all its stressors and triggers.
When researching the treatment programs, you should also ask if a center’s treatment is evidence-based, which means it is based on research demonstrating that the therapy is effective.
At Sovereign Health, we offer a mixture of complementary and alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, art and equine therapy, along with individual and group psychotherapy to provide a holistic and individualized program to support every patient’s unique needs. We are also an evidence based treatment center.
Are Any Support Groups Offered?
Along with counseling and therapy, support groups are an important part of recovery because they offer a chance for peer exchange and support. The most common support groups are Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other 12-step programs. An alternative to the 12-step program is SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training). Many centers offer support group meetings on site or provide transportation to meetings held in the community. Support groups are an important part of the recovery process, especially as they are something a patient can continue once he or she leaves treatment.
At Sovereign Health Group, we offer services for support groups.
Does the Rehab Center Offer Detox services or Other Care?
Substance abuse and addiction can be harmful to physical as well as mental health. When you review the different rehab facilities, you should consider what type of care services are offered. For addiction or substance abuse problems, there should be adequate detox care at the facility, like medically assisted detox. If you have any other health concerns, such as diabetes or heart disease, you should ensure the facility can properly accommodate your needs.
You can investigate the various levels of care a facility provides, such as inpatient care, partial hospitalization care, outpatient care, and more, to find out what level fits you best. You can learn more about the different levels of care here.
Where is it located?
The location of the facility is another important consideration when choosing the right place for treatment. Some people wish to be close to home so they can see their friends and family, do not have to pay to travel, and can take advantage of outpatient care. However, some people prefer to get far away from the stresses of their life by finding a facility away from their home. Many people find it soothing to go through treatment in the country, away from the stresses of the city and surrounded by nature. Others enjoy being near water, especially the ocean, for a feeling of serenity. Therefore, when you look at the various facilities, you should always consider what environment you want, as well as how far from home you wish to go. You can learn more about Sovereign Health’s locations here.
How much does it cost and does the rehab accept insurance?
In an ideal world, people would receive the exact type of care they need without consideration of cost. However, for most people, the cost of treatment is a significant factor in their decision. The new insurance requirements of the Affordable Care Act require coverage of mental health care, helping make rehab more affordable. Some facilities also offer scholarship and other assistance for the cost of treatment. At Sovereign Health, we accept most major insurance plans. You can find out more here.
What is the Family Involvement?
The patient is not the only one affected by substance abuse, or involved in the recovery process. An addict’s problems often negatively affect families as well, making it important for them to feel supported during the treatment process in addition to the patient. Families also like to receive regular updates on the process of their loved one’s care. Therefore, when looking at programs, it is important to ask them about their offerings for family support. Some facilities offer group meetings and family therapy on the weekends to help reestablish relationships. Additionally, they might offer a service to update families on the progress of their loved ones. You can find out Sovereign Health’s family programs and information here.
Is there aftercare programs offered?
Aftercare is an important part in the recovery process. Aftercare gives support to the patient when he or she returns home and must face all of life’s temptations, triggers and stressors. Aftercare also provides a step-down treatment process to help reduce the risk of relapse. Some aftercare programs include a sober living residence to provide a more supportive environment when a person returns to work and other obligations. It may also include group support meetings. Find out more about aftercare here.
What License and/or Accreditation Does it Hold?
Licenses show whether the facility has met the minimal requirements for the city, state, and other regulatory bodies, while accreditations from various organizations show the facility has gone above and beyond the minimum licensing requirements to meet additional standards. Two common accreditation bodies for the mental health field are the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission. The highest level of accreditation is from the Joint Commission. You can learn more about Sovereign Health’s licenses and accreditations here.
Are there any restrictions about the type of patient?
Some treatment centers serve specific populations, which means they may exclude others in order to provide better care for their patients. An example is a gender specific facility excluding one gender or a facility serving adolescents excluding adults. Some facilities might also exclude certain health conditions in order to best serve the patients. If you have a concern, you should bring it up when talking with the admissions team to ensure you or your loved one will get the best overall care while in a treatment center.
Sovereign Health Group, one of the best rehab centers in California, provides customized, holistic treatment utilizing evidence-based, state of the art treatment modalities. We offer individual and group therapy alongside alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, art therapy, equine therapy, and nutritional counseling. We are dually licensed in mental health and addiction treatment and are accredited by the Joint Commission. We accept most major insurance plans. Click to find out more about our treatment programs for Addiction, Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis, and Eating Disorders. You can also call and speak with our Admissions team at 866-629-0442.