How to Choose the Best Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center


With various substance abuse treatment options available, how do you choose the best rehab? It isn’t always easy to select. So, what happens most of the time? People read a few reviews, filter out facilities with the lowest cost, check themselves in somewhere, and then hope for the best.


We would like you to come to Wish Recovery. However, there are times when we are at total capacity. We hope you will use this guide to understand better the quality of care you deserve and how to navigate the search for the best inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center.


Finding excellent addiction treatment is complex. You are deciding how to meet your recovery needs best and improve your life's quality of life without relying on substances. This will necessarily require expert guidance. So, here is a checklist of important factors to consider when deciding whether a treatment center is right for you or a loved one.



  • Is the facility licensed, accredited, and certified?
  • What qualifications and licenses do the clinical personnel hold?
  • Will there be a multidisciplinary team created for my individualized care?
  • How many providers are there to the number of patients?
  • What evidence-based methods does the facility use?
  • Will they treat my co-occurring conditions or my dual diagnosis?
  • Does my insurance cover the treatments at the facility?
  • Do they provide medication-assisted therapy, such as medical detox?
  • Do they have specialized programs designed for groups that match my specific needs?
  • What kind of follow-up care will I receive?
  • What kind of reviews do they have on sites like Google, Yelp, and Facebook? 



Is the facility licensed, accredited, and certified?




Each state must license all substance abuse inpatient treatment centers to which they offer services. Most states require licensed drug and alcohol treatment centers to put on their websites the state licensing bureau logo, license number, and a link to the licensing bureau website. Typically, you will find this at the bottom of treatment center websites.

There are various unlicensed treatment providers. Besides the absence of the state licensing credentials on their website, they most likely do not accept insurance. Insurance companies only pay for inpatient drug and alcohol treatment if the state licenses the facility.









When looking for a drug treatment center, it’s a good idea to check that your chosen facility is accredited. An accredited drug and alcohol treatment center must show they have undergone a rigorous process to determine that they follow best practices and maintain high standards. This means that they will be following proper procedures to help you get on the road to recovery.


The gold standard of healthcare accreditation for hospitals and substance abuse treatment centers is the Joint Commission. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.



Wish Recovery is a JACHO Accredited Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Center.






In 2018, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook halted advertising of all addiction treatment services. They had found deceptive advertising on their platforms by unregulated treatment marketers. They formed a partnership with a third-party vendor called LegitScript. Treatment centers were then required to go through a thorough vetting with Legitscript. After a rigorous verification process, only certified treatment institutions can advertise their services on these platforms. It's a customer safety measure.


What qualifications and licenses do the clinical personnel hold?

While you may be focused on the programs and services offered, you should also consider the clinical staff's qualifications since you will spend much time with them. It would be best if you trusted these people enough to open up to them so they can provide the best care possible. Most certification boards ask for a bachelor's degree in behavioral health and one year of supervised experience before giving full clinical licenses to people who work with people.


A person's qualifications and licensing demonstrate whether they adhere to nationally recognized professional standards of practice while delivering drug and alcohol treatment programs and services. Clinical personnel who lack qualifications or accreditation may be unable to provide the best possible care. See that your addiction recovery specialists hold one of the following certifications.


  • Licensed Addiction Counselor (LADC)

  • CCDP (Certified Co-occurring Disorders Counselor or Certified Dual Diagnosis Professional).

  • CAC (Certified Addictions Counselor)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)


Will there be a multidisciplinary team created for my individualized care?


Successful treatment for your needs requires a multidisciplinary team of professionals. This group of experts should be created specifically for your care, which is why it is critical to require it. Assisting in your recovery is the primary goal of a facility with a multidisciplinary team. Treatment teams with a mix of specialists will increase your chances of success.


A multidisciplinary team addresses all aspects of addiction in the most successful inpatient drug and alcohol recovery programs. Therefore, all patients must receive a comprehensive and integrated treatment plan tailored to their needs. Each team member should hold a valid license in their field. One employee shouldn’t wear too many hats.


An example of a well-rounded multidisciplinary team may look like this: 


  • Addiction specialist
  • Medical professionals and nurses
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Wellness advisor
  • Nutritionist


Wish Recovery understands the emphasis that must be placed on meeting each patient where they are. When you receive treatment at our boutique rehabilitation center, you are greeted at the front door by your selected care team, a dedicated group of exceptional health professionals. These women and men will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure your treatment as an individual, attending to all your unique medical and psychiatric needs. No person’s recovery journey is the same.

We conduct a complete assessment of your condition to ensure we assemble the best team of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, counselors, spiritual guides, coaches, and others who can provide warmhearted, expert, personalized care.


Wish Recovery is a Licensed, Accredited, and Certified Substance Abuse Treatment Center. Our Highly Credentialed Multidisciplinary Team will provide individualized Care Curated to your Specific Needs.



How many providers are there to the number of patients?


The staff-to-patient is one of the most important things to examine before deciding which center is best for you. For example, a treatment center with a higher staff-to-patient ratio will ensure that every patient has access to multiple professionals throughout their treatment to receive the one-on-one care they need and deserve alongside any specialized supplements or medications.


Wish Recovery prides itself on its unprecedented 6:1 - staff-to-patient ratio. We designed our beautiful boutique facility with the patient in mind. So, we choose to pick our care reserved for a small group of patients serious about recovery. The closeness of our staff to each patient is part of an organic quality of care that comes from our dedication to excellent addiction treatment. We’ve raised the bar to an unparalleled level. Many centers can give patients luxury, but only six providers are available 24/7 to ensure they get the time, respect, and attention needed to heal. The intimacy of our private luxury rehab aids in a more effective treatment for each patient.


What evidence-based methods does the facility use?


An addiction treatment program that uses evidence-based approaches is rooted in research and the best available data. These treatments have been thoroughly researched and proven to be the most effective for many people with specific substance use disorders.


The most effective treatment programs use scientifically proven techniques. Evidence-based approaches include motivational interviewing, CBT, and medication-assisted treatment. A facility could offer patients various therapeutic modalities, from mindfulness-based therapy to experiential therapy to relapse prevention skills groups.


While ensuring a facility offers time-tested treatment methods, seeing if a recovery center offers supplemental or alternative treatment options can prove beneficial. For instance, an addiction treatment center that provides holistic care understands how recovery works best when a complete person is considered in treatment plans. When you see that a center focuses on addressing the needs that contribute to overall wellness, it can give you a decent idea of the level of care you can expect.


With more than two dozen therapeutic procedures and supplemental treatments, Wish Recovery approaches addiction treatment as an evidence-based program with dynamic and valuable adjuncts of holistic practices that take therapy and professional caretaking to a transcendent level. We address the needs of your mind, body, and spirit, which will aid in attaining an integrally sustainable, long-term recovery.


Will they treat my co-occurring conditions or my dual diagnosis?


Many people who abuse substances do so because they self-medicate an undiagnosed or untreated mental health condition. This is known as a co-occurring mental health condition or dual diagnosis.  When choosing an addiction treatment center, they must integrate treatments for mental health issues simultaneously with substance abuse treatment. This is crucial to your recovery. Mental health treatment addresses many of the root causes of addiction, but it also helps you better control your emotions, develop coping skills for managing stress, and improve interpersonal relationships.

Common mental health conditions that people with addiction also experience include but are not limited to:


  • PTSD
  • depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders

If an addiction treatment facility you are considering doesn't offer mental health services, find a treatment center that does.


How do I find out if my insurance covers the treatments I need?


Another vital factor to consider when choosing a treatment center is whether or not your insurance covers the costs.  There are three main factors that you need to understand. The first is the most common, and that is your deductible. All insurance policies have a deductible. With employer-issued insurance policies, deductibles typically range from $500 to $2,500. This is the amount you must pay for medical services annually before insurance covers any cost. The next is the parentage your insurance pays over the deductible. With employer-issued health insurance, these typically range from 70% to 100%. The third item applies if your policy pays less than 100% after the annual deductible. This is the least understood insurance term. It is your out-of-pocket maximum. With employer policies, these typically range from $2,500 - $7,500.

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Do they provide medication-assisted therapy, such as medical detox?


Medication-assisted therapy uses drugs to help manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings so that you can focus on other aspects of the treatment program, such as therapy sessions, group meetings, and other activities. In substance abuse treatment, you should be prescribed various medications to make withdrawal as safe and comfortable as possible.


While hospitals may provide medical detox, going to an allows you to begin rehabilitation immediately. An alcohol or drug rehab center's medical staff should include nurses and doctors trained in helping ease the discomforts of detox. Keeping an eye on your physical health is vital to your recovery.


Do they have specialized programs designed for groups that match my specific needs?


When selecting an addiction treatment facility, one factor to consider is whether the facility offers specialized programs. A high-quality addiction treatment center has a variety of approaches to care. Top providers make sure each patient has a plan for success that is unique to them. This may include specialized rehab programs.


Take, for example, upper-level business professionals who must make critical decisions under duress. A treatment program tailored to executives could allow patients to be among others in recovery who can relate more and may be pivotal in helping them achieve long-term recovery.


Can I get more than 30 days treatment?


When choosing the best rehab, you will want to see that they offer multiple levels of care. A typical stay at an inpatient treatment center is approximately 30 days. This level of care is known as detox and residential treatment. A well-rounded substance abuse treatment center will offer care beyond 30 days.


After graduating from residential treatment, you should have the option of extending treatment by 30 to 60 days or more. This extended care is known as PHP (partial hospitalization) and IOP (intensive outpatient). Don't let those names scare you. PHP is where you get treatment Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM  at a clinical outpatient office. IOP is still five days a week from 9 AM to 1 PM. A first-quality treatment center will offer these services and a sober living environment for you to stay in while receiving extended care.


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What Kind of Follow-Up Care Will I Receive?


Addiction recovery requires a lot of therapy and support. To avoid relapsing, it's critical to have a support system in place after leaving rehabilitation. After treatment, many of the best rehab centers offer aftercare through phone-based coaching, smartphone apps that help establish and deepen recovery, ongoing care groups, and connections to other resources and community support to help people stay clean and sober.


Graduates of these programs often join support groups, meet with an advisor, or access reference materials the facility has developed, like ebooks or videos, that discuss essential information people sometimes need when recovery gets a little rocky, and the going gets tough.


Since its opening, Wish Recovery remains continually grateful for having been instrumental in starting the recovery paths for many women and men who now report living their best sober lives thanks to personalized care. The luxury concierge boutique services are impactful and deepen the effectiveness of the therapies because they are personal.


What kind of reviews do they have on sites like Google, Yelp, and Facebook?


Addiction treatment centers are like other businesses regarding first impressions, customer service, and user experiences, from halfway houses to luxury rehabs. They may receive positive or negative feedback. Read reviews on Google, Yelp, Facebook, and other consumer feedback sites to learn more about the facility. Client reviews show how the staff and patients interact, the cleanliness of the meals, and the graduates' satisfaction with the program.


The goal is to use the reviews to illustrate an addiction center as completely as possible. Look for patterns in both positive and negative reviews. Note any recurring concerns that a large number of people express. Consider why a particular addiction treatment center has received a bad review. Perhaps a person didn't achieve the desired results because they chose the wrong rehab or had unrealistic expectations. Ultimately, your research and the thoughts of former patients should lead to an objective and fair choice.



Congratulations on taking your first step toward recovery.


We appreciate you learning about the factors to consider when choosing an addiction treatment center. We hope you will select “Wish Recovery”; however, if you don’t, these factors will help you choose a treatment center that best suits your needs and goals and increase your chances of recovery. What’s presented here are primary considerations when screening any substance abuse treatment center.

We at Wish Recovery are confident that you’ll see we stand out boldly from the others as a compassionate, results-focused staple of addiction treatment for luxury rehabs. Our approach to recovery will help you regain control of your life and heal. The program is designed to help you achieve all your goals in the best way possible for long-lasting health and improved quality of life. Contact us today and let our admissions advisors answer all your questions.