The DrugAbuse.com conversation forums provide a safe and non-judgmental place to share ideas, stories, knowledge and experiences relating to substance abuse. We welcome people from all walks of life, whether in recovery or not. It’s a place for those struggling with substance abuse issues and their family members or friends. Everyone has been affected in one way or another by substance abuse, either personally or through a friend or family member. We invite you to browse our conversation forums and share your stories, ask your questions, and offer your compassion and support to others who may be struggling with a substance abuse issue.
Information contained in these forums should not be used to diagnose or treat medical or psychological conditions. If you have a health issue, mental health concern, or substance abuse disorder it is recommended that you consult a licensed health and/or mental health professional who will be able to provide you with a proper health assessment.
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How Our Helpline Works
For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the Talk.DrugAbuse.com helpline is a private and convenient solution. We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our advisors work solely for AAC and will discuss with you whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. To view a list of residential treatment centers operated by AAC, visit americanaddictioncenters.org/treatment-centers.
If AAC cannot provide a treatment option that meets your needs, we may suggest that you search for a non-AAC treatment facility. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither Talk.DrugAbuse.com nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose. You can connect with hundreds of other facilities by browsing our listings and calling them directly, or by visiting SAMHSA.gov.
Talk.DrugAbuse.com Content and Contributors
Our community is facilitated by a dedicated team of Community Listeners who help moderate conversations, answer general questions, provide encouragement, and keep the forums operating smoothly. Our Community Listeners are either in recovery, work in the addiction treatment field, or are just passionate about helping other people. We are not crisis counselors, medical or mental health professionals, or trained substance abuse counselors (although some of our Community Listeners have significant experience in the addiction treatment, mental health and healthcare space). We are primarily people helping people overcome their struggles and find information about various aspects of drug abuse, including:
- Treatment and Rehab
- Withdrawal and Detox
- Support for Family and Friends
- Recovery Groups and Relapse Prevention
- Specific Substances
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Identifying an Appropriate Treatment Provider
The process of finding a treatment provider can feel overwhelming. Resources, like facility websites or Talk.DrugAbuse.com and the following guide, can help you determine which options are best for you or your loved one.
· Identify proper accreditation and licensure. Appropriate state licensure is important in determining what services and levels of care are permissible to be rendered at a treatment center. Some facilities voluntarily obtain accreditation from the Joint Commission or CARF, indicating that they have met quality and safety standards that go beyond those required by the state.
· Determine if the program is a clinical match. Successful outcomes rely on appropriate clinical care. There is no one-size-fits-all method to treatment. When searching for treatment, ask an admissions counselor for details on the clinical program. Are the methodologies utilized evidence-based (meaning scientifically proven to produce better outcomes)? Does the treatment center employ medically licensed healthcare providers? Will the center provide the name and credentials of its providers? Has the treatment center published any outcome studies? Make note of the questions you are asked by the admissions team, and if they ask you for your medical history. This will help you and the facility’s staff determine if your needs match with the clinical program offered.
· Assess your financial options. Discuss with your insurance provider or an admissions counselor if treatment is “in-network.” If your insurance provider will not cover treatment or a portion of treatment, determine what additional expenses you may have to cover ahead of time, and ask if payment plans are available.
· Get as much information as possible. Read about the staff’s experiences, skills, and licenses online, and view videos and photos and read reviews to “see” what the treatment experience will be like. Ask an admissions counselor about how the intake, treatment, and discharge process work, and about what happens after treatment.
· Look for red flags and possible warning signs. Some treatment centers advertise a “cure” or an unrealistic success rate. Others may only ask you about your ability to pay, and then determine a “fit” without getting any medical or clinical information about you. Some bad actors will even offer you gifts, cash incentives, help with obtaining insurance, or free travel. These are possible signs of illegal or unethical behaviors that can possibly harm you or your loved one.
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