Why Amethyst Recovery Center is a Trusted Provider with Addiction Center
After a detailed vetting process, Addiction Center has chosen to work with Amethyst Recovery Center as a trusted provider of addiction treatment services. The vetting process undertaken includes a thorough inventory of staff credentials, treatment modalities, facility size and atmosphere, and treatment outcomes.
Addiction Center looks for several key attributes when assessing the merits of a trusted service provider such as Amethyst Recovery Center. Prospective patients and their families will benefit from understanding these attributes, as you will want to consider them when choosing where to receive your care. Below are listed many of the policies and practices considered by Addiction Center, along with details on Amethyst Recovery Center’s practices and how they fulfill the needs outlined by this checklist.
Staff Size and Credentials
When seeking treatment for a potentially life-threatening affliction, it is important to understand the qualifications of the provider’s clinical team. The following are a few points to consider:
First of all, you want to ensure that front-end services (individual therapy and groups) will be provided by those with experience in the field of substance abuse treatment. To this end, understanding therapist titles is important. For instance, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) will have more experience than an LCDC-Intern, although interns will still be supervised by those with extensive field history. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) will have more experience than a Master of Social Work (MSW), although both are still highly qualified. Essentially, the letter “L” in a title will be an indicator of strong experience. Better yet, you can identify therapists with at least six thousand hours of experience by looking for a “Certified Addiction Professional” ranking.
More intimate facilities boast a more individualized regimen of care. While many treatment centers will have eleven clients per therapist, those with lower ratios are able to better personalize their approach to treatment and find what works for each individual.
Not only should clients be able to work intimately with their therapist, but they should have the option to change therapists if they feel another counseling approach may prove more beneficial to their treatment.
Amethyst Recovery Center meets these needs by providing an intimate facility with a highly experienced clinical staff. Not only does Amethyst’s clinical team boast tens of thousands of hours’ worth of experience in the field of chemical dependency treatment, they also have experience in fields such as trauma recovery, spiritual recovery methods, and various modes of therapy. Clients can therefore receive personalized therapeutic sessions on a regular basis, with the ability to switch to another therapist if they feel there is another staff member whose personal or professional background aligns better with their needs.
Predicting outcomes may seem difficult, but it helps to ensure that your provider is engaging in proven practices. In addition to 12-step support group access and addiction education, other modes of treatment may warrant consideration.
The best facilities offer diversity in their treatment options, particularly regarding their selection of evidence-based treatment modalities. Evidence-based practices often include medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The two most common forms of MAT are buprenorphine (Suboxone) for heroin and opioid users, and naltrexone (Vivitrol) for alcohol and opioid users.
Providers offering naltrexone (Vivitrol) administrations have a propensity toward higher success rates in the treatment of alcohol users. Vivitrol inhibits physical cravings by dampening the neurological receptors that lead to alcohol’s effects. This in turn reduces the risk of relapse.
Vivitrol is not just for alcohol users. A 2015 study found that naltrexone treatment reduced the chance of relapse among opiate users by as much as 50%.
In 2008, the American Medical Association found that Suboxone treatment had the propensity to ensure long-term effectiveness in treatment of opiate users. Treatment itself, however, is best provided on a short-term basis so as to avoid dependency.
Medication assistance is an optional component of treatment at Amethyst. In keeping with short-term recommendations regarding buprenorphine treatment, Amethyst Recovery Center typically provides such treatment at the level of medical detoxification. Naltrexone treatment may last through the residential or day/night care levels of treatment.
Trust rests on more than clinical practices alone. Administrative policies require examination when choosing a trusted provider, as do indications as to the treatment facility’s history of positive outcomes. The following are some of the most important elements to look for when assessing the administrative integrity of a trusted provider.
Trusted providers should adopt a policy of mutual disclosure. This means that they let you know what they expect from the clients in terms of treatment participation and payment plans. At the same time, they will meet the client’s expectations of honesty and integrity by answering any and all inquiries regarding billing and the services their patients can expect to receive.
Always look at a provider’s reviews. Aside from decent rankings, you will want to read what patients and their families have to say about the services they received and the outcomes experienced since leaving treatment.
The most trusted providers will have gone through the necessary process of pursuing certification from the Joint Commission, previously known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or JCAHO. Accreditation from the Joint Commission and other licensing bodies such as the Department of Children and Families (DCF), as well as a lack of criticisms filed with such bodies, demonstrates third-party approval of the treatment center in question. Since Joint Commission certification is optional, this means that the facility has shown willingness to maintain openness about their practices by allowing their protocol to be overseen by objective parties.
Finally, those seeking the best services should try to pursue comprehensive care. Providers offering a full continuum of services will ensure clients are able to receive treatment at all levels. These levels may include medical detoxification, residential treatment, outpatient treatment and aftercare support. Some facilities may provide additional levels to ensure a more gradual transition. Facilities that do not offer all levels may also provide referrals to other local facilities, ensuring that clients who seek a full continuum of care across multiple treatment centers do not have to entirely uproot themselves and risk losing their support network in the process.
Amethyst Recovery has received Joint Commission accreditation due to its emphasis on safety, medication reconciliation protocol, and a strong regimen of integrative and individualized care. Working with a number of highly respected referral partners, Amethyst ensures that clients seeking a full continuum of care will be able to find it without leaving the area or being forced to develop a new local support network. Those who wish to ask questions about treatment can make their inquiries through Amethyst’s confidential helpline, speaking with knowledgeable staff members who can answer questions not only about Amethyst’s services but also the treatment and recovery process in general.
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