The Effectiveness Of Rehab: Variations In Rehab Center Success

The Effectiveness Of Rehab: Variations In Rehab Center Success

The Effectiveness Of Rehab: Variations In Rehab Center Success

For people looking for substance misuse treatment, price is often a factor in their considerations. There are a multitude of options available for people in terms of cost, as well as approach. It is worth remembering that the effectiveness of rehab varies massively between centers. Some centers produce consistently solid long-term treatment outcomes, others do not. 

There Is Also The “Cost” Of Treatment Versus The “Price” Of Treatment.

In the addiction treatment field in India, there are a variety of treatment facilities. Some of these are expensive, some less expensive, and some are extremely inexpensive. Of course, there are significant differences in the programs offered, the experience, expertise, and quality of staff, the treatment approaches, the facilities, and in the effectiveness of rehab centers.

Quality is a significant factor in terms of price for all things. Something that is of better quality will often cost a bit more. It is the same in healthcare, which includes addiction treatment programs, as in other service industries.

At Samarpan, we are very focused on seeing you not only succeed in treatment, but in achieving positive outcomes from your treatment episode - this is critical. The success rates of many rehabs vary dramatically although, there are variances in how rehabs chose to define success. We understand that looking at outcomes is important however, we do not just look at if a person is clean and sober after a period of time as a success - effective treatment outcomes should be measured on a number of points, which are laid out as; the Office of National Drug Control Policy provides a good overview of what treatment is meant to do. A person receiving effective addiction treatment should show some of the following:

  • Reduced amount and frequency of substance use, along with longer gaps between relapses

  • Improved employment or education status and attendance

  • Improved physical health, indicated by fewer medical visits

  • Improved mental health, indicated by improved mood, personality traits, and behaviors

  • Improved relationships with friends, family, loved ones, and others

  • Improved legal status, such as the following probation or committing fewer crimes

  • Improved safety, such as fewer car accidents or injuries

Some of these places are “affordable” but may not be very good. They are a factory version of the treatment, where “one size fits all” in terms of a treatment model, no matter what your history is, the substance involved, or your psychological profile. They may also have untrained staff, that have little or no addiction or mental health-specific training or credentials. Furthermore, the program may not be using evidenced-based approaches to treatment or approaches that are dated. The effectiveness of rehab centers like this is understandably low.

At Samarpan, our approaches to treatment are aligned with best practices, and continually develop our staff with training and supervision to ensure that our program keeps abreast with the latest evidence-based interventions as they evolve.

Other centres have many beds to fill because in their version of treatment the profit is based on volume. They may lack individual care and every person is treated the same, when in fact, no two people are the same. The larger a center, the more of an “institution” it can be, and the less individual care you can expect. Suffice it to say, that often treatment centres will cross-pollinate their community with people with various other issues – so it’s certainly not uncommon in India to find acute mental health patients and dementia patients being within the same facility as people within a substance misuse program.

At Samarpan we are a specialist in the Substance Misuse Primary Residential Program, which means we work only with people who have a Substance Misuse issue and may have other co-occurring disorders. We will not admit anyone just to fill a bed.

The most important part of any treatment facility is the individual treatment clients receive. The staff must be highly qualified and experienced to provide the best possible care. Samarpan has recognized Addictions Therapists with internationally recognized qualifications running the programs, with other staff undertaking further professional development to achieve recognized addictions credentials.

When considering rehab, you do need to consider other aspects such as the facility – private en-suite rooms, the food and nutrition, the physical training program, and other complementary approaches such as massage, reiki, yoga, EFT, meditation, and various other activities, including the communal areas and overall environment. Rehab is hard work… so don’t overlook the other factors that will play an important part in your recovery. At Samarpan, we have created an environment whereby everything within the centre is a therapeutic intervention deliberately set up to ensure that we enable our clients to address as many areas of their lives as possible whilst in treatment.

Some treatment centers will not conduct comprehensive assessments nor will they offer as many individual therapy sessions as we do at Samarpan because those sessions require a licensed professional and cost more. These interventions are extremely important for getting to the root causes of your addiction so it can be effectively treated. Often, clients only have one individual therapy session per week in these places and do not even have a treatment plan that they have collaboratively devised with their therapist. Again, effectiveness of rehab centers like this is low.

At Samarpan, we include a full nursing and health check-up on admission, and your health will be monitored daily by our 24-hour Nursing staff and supervised by our Medical Officer and Consultant Psychiatrist. Many places don’t include this, but we feel your health and safety going into treatment are critical and should not be overlooked.

In some of these other facilities, the group sessions often have too many people, so most people do not get to contribute or be involved, and people can “hide” in the crowd. In order for Group Therapy sessions to be effective, the group should not comprise more than 12 members otherwise it becomes unmanageable and clients effectively get nothing out of these sessions.

Some of these programs do not have all of the treatment interventions we are able to provide (CBT, 12-Step Facilitation, Relapse Prevention, DBT, Mindfulness, ACT, and Art Therapy) so we can truly customize and tailor your treatment program to your needs.

Additionally, in many places, the staff do not have the experience our staff has. We ensure that we hire people with formal qualifications in Mental Health, Psychology, and addictions, and have recruited staff from overseas to bring an international flavor to your treatment experience.

Lastly, there is the quality of the food, the comfort of our facility, and the many things you have to do here when you’re not in treatment. It all adds up. We know that providing a therapeutic environment where you are comfortable, whilst being uncomfortable is a necessity.

But the primary difference is this – you need quality treatment. That quality translates directly to outcomes. Let’s face it, if going through treatment at a less expensive facility only means you’ll end up going through treatment again, it’s actually more expensive. It’s absolutely imperative that looking for treatment should not be based on price alone. There are a number of important questions that you need to ask, and we recommend some of these questions as important

  • What type of treatment approaches does your program use?

  • Are your approaches individualized to each client’s needs?

  • Is your program licensed and accredited?

  • How long are your rehab programs?

  • How much do your programs cost?

  • Do you provide treatment plans and continuing recovery plans for clients?

  • Are you able to treat clients with a dual diagnosis?

  • What type of continuing care services do you offer after treatment?

  • Does your program offer family support?

  • What is the background of your staff?

  • What makes your program different?

So, although the cost is important, it should not be the most important consideration. Your effectiveness of rehab is determined by a lot more than price. That is why at Samarpan we realize that we may not be the cheapest provider in India, but we certainly offer a thorough and structured continuum of care, whereby we plan and track our clients through their treatment journey, and also once they leave. That way we are continuously evaluating the efficacy and experience of our program to continue to improve and evolve it.

Should you require any information about our program for yourself or a loved one, then we are just a phone call away.

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