Not every teen who has been caught drinking needs alcohol rehab. But inpatient treatment is recommended for teens whose problems persist over a long period and through multiple incidences of punishment. If you’ve reached this point with your teen, you’ll quickly discover that choosing an alcohol rehab center is not easy. Adults have many great options, but things get a little more complicated for young people, many of whom require special treatment and doctors with expertise in teen addiction. As you’re considering your alcohol rehab options, here are some important steps to take.
Consider the basics
You probably will want the alcohol rehab facility to be close to home, as this is generally best for both the parents and the child. But if you don’t mind driving a ways to and from the facility, then don’t be afraid to choose a treatment center that’s a little further away, if it’s the best one.
Meanwhile, you’ll also have to consider cost, which can vary widely from facility to facility. Finally, make sure the facilities you’re considering are licensed by the state department of health.
Consider treatment philosophies
You may not have a well-developed treatment philosophy of your own, but as you’re looking into facilities, do a little research into each place’s philosophy toward short-term and long-term alcohol rehab for teens. If you learn things about a certain treatment center that don’t fit with your own beliefs, then rule that one out.
Find out about qualifications
Before entering your teen into a given alcohol rehab center, first learn about the qualifications of the people on staff. The doctors are most important, but it’s also crucial that the facility have high standards when hiring other staff members.
Talk to other parents
Find out if the facility can give you the contact information of any parents of teens who have been to that facility before. Many facilities have a list of people whom you can contact. Make a list of questions you would like to ask before calling, and be sure to ask about any specific concerns you may have.
Finally, if possible you might want to visit a couple of facilities before making your final choice. Some alcohol rehab centers sound better on paper than they are in person. During your visit, confirm that the people are friendly, that the facilities are clean and safe, and that it meshes well with your teen’s personality or your own preferences.