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How We Choose Facilities for Our Rehab Directory

Entering addiction recovery is one of the most important decisions you can make in your lifetime — so the facility you choose to help you reach recovery must be carefully considered.

That’s why we take the time to thoroughly assess each and every facility within our rehab center directory.

Here’s more information on the criteria we use to choose addiction treatment facilities to feature on our website.

Rehab Facility Selection Criteria

Before giving our seal of approval to any facility, we ensure it has at least 2-3 of the following selection criteria — the more the better.

The more of these criteria a rehab center features, the higher its standards are for aiding people in reaching lasting recovery.

Accreditation and Certification

When it comes to addiction treatment, accreditations and certifications from third-party healthcare organizations are perhaps the most important signal of a high-quality standard of care.

Rehab Center Accreditation

Organizations such as the Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and the Council on Accreditation (COA) all oversee care standards for recovery centers.

These organizations have a thorough and grueling process for assessing a facility’s staff, training, treatment programs, and facilities for a dedication to quality and treatment efficacy.

Receiving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval is the highest accreditation a rehab center can receive — we always look for rehab facilities with this distinction first.

Facilities with more than one accreditation (dually accredited) have an even higher standard of care.

Rehab Center Certifications and Partnerships

Finally, certain certifications and partnerships can also signal a facility’s high standards. For example, LegitScript certification signifies a facility’s dedication to publishing transparent, research-backed information on its website.

Partnerships with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or other recovery-focused organizations demonstrate that a facility is dedicated to helping not just their own patients but the recovery community as a whole.

We look first for these highest markers of care standards when researching rehab facilities.

Awards and Accolades

Rehab centers that are making strides in the recovery community and showing healthcare excellence may receive certain awards or accolades.

These include awards from recovery organizations such as the National Association of Addiction Treatment (NAATP), The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), and others.

Awards are highly competitive, and demonstrate a facility’s ability to consistently aid program participants in achieving lasting recovery results while providing high-quality care and services.

For this reason, RehabNet searches for facilities that have received awards and accolades in the recovery community as well.

Positive Reviews and Testimonials

Reputation of a facility often speaks for itself, so we take into account the experiences of the people in recovery who have attended these facilities and their family members.

While reviews are subjective, rehab centers are businesses, which means client satisfaction is a key factor in the program’s success.

RehabNet looks at consistent and high ratings on Google for all facilities, level of testimonials for the program, and a facility’s overall reputation before listing the facility.

Licensed and Experienced Healthcare Professionals

Addiction treatment facilities must have access to certified counselors, licensed nurses, licensed therapists, and should comply with a nearby healthcare facility, such as a local hospital.

Different facilities will offer various levels of care, which means they will also differ in the type of healthcare professionals they need. However, we ensure each facility we choose offers access to the right type of healthcare experts for its care programs.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Substance use disorder is a health condition that affects all areas of a person’s life, from their mental health to their physical health to their relationships and even their finances.

Because of this, SUD requires a multidisciplinary approach for treatment, or multiple treatment methods. The very best rehabilitation facilities offer various treatment methods to address the multifaceted needs of people in treatment for addiction.

We look for rehab facilities that offer a range of treatments for addiction and co-occurring disorders to ensure that people seeking recovery have access to comprehensive care options.

The most effective and common treatments for drug and alcohol abuse and dual diagnoses include:

  • Behavioral therapy: There are many behavioral therapies for addiction, but some of the most effective include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. These talk therapies help a person address the thoughts that lead to actions and patterns of behavior that lend to addiction and find ways to address and change them.
  • Detox programs: Detoxification, or cleansing the body of toxic substances, is an important initial step in most people’s recovery journey. The top rehab centers will offer detox as a first step of a comprehensive treatment program.
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT): MAT is a treatment program that combines medication therapy and behavioral therapy and counseling to address the harrowing withdrawal symptoms of certain SUDs, including opioid and alcohol addictions. It is the most proven-effective method for opioid abuse, one of the top drug abuse problems worldwide.
  • Inpatient treatment: Inpatient programs are the most intensive level of care available to treat SUD, as they require a participant to stay onsite at the facility for the duration of the program. During inpatient programs, people may receive detox, MAT, counseling, therapy, relapse prevention support, and much more to jumpstart their recovery.
  • Outpatient treatment: Outpatient treatment provides a range of program levels, from intensive outpatient to partial hospitalization to outpatient counseling and continuing care. Programs will vary in intensity and services, but offer a way to receive treatment while continuing to work and live at home.
  • Relapse prevention: A crucial step in addiction treatment is learning how to plan for and react to a relapse, an expected part of recovery. The best treatment centers recognize this need and offer services to aid in relapse planning.
  • Support groups: 12-step groups, group therapy, LGBT-focused groups, gender-separate groups, and self-help groups are just some of the support groups top facilities offer to people in recovery.
  • Targeted programs: More and more facilities are offering specialized rehab programs that provide care specifically tailored to a certain demographic. In our listing, you may find facilities that offer LGBT-friendly care, religious tracks, youth rehab programs, court-ordered rehab programs, rehab programs for pregnant women, veterans rehab programs, gender-specific care, and much more.
  • Alternative addiction treatment: Each person is on their own recovery journey, and traditional treatment methods may not work for everyone. Many rehab facilities are now offering alternative treatment methods in addition to research-backed methods for a more comprehensive approach. We offer information on these methods within our facility listings. Some include music therapy, art therapy, tai chi, yoga therapy, and acupuncture.

Find Out More About Our High Standards for Rehab Facility Selection

The information and research we offer at RehabNet is meant only to guide people with substance use disorder on their journey to seeking recovery.

Disclaimer: No information listed on should be misconstrued as medical advice.

Our highest priority is to help people with addiction and their families find top-tier, affordable rehab facilities nearby to begin working toward a substance-free life.

To that end, please reach out to us with any questions or suggestions for improvement, or if you find any incorrect or out-of-date information. Together, we can help more people find freedom from addiction.

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