Drug Rehab Assessment Questions


One of the most important steps in getting treatment for drug addiction or alcohol dependence is finding the rehab program that best addresses the patient’s specific need. A variety of therapeutic approaches have proved to be successful, but drug addiction treatment is hardly a “one size fits all” experience.

If you or someone you care about is struggling to overcome an addiction to alcohol or another drug, make sure that you are diligent in determining the type of program that will provide the highest likelihood of achieving long-term sobriety.

The following are 10 excellent questions to ask of every drug addiction treatment program that you are considering:

  1. Does the drug rehab program accept your insurance plan – and, of not, will program representatives work with you to create a payment plan or secure alternate funding?

  2. Has the drug rehabilitation program earned state or national accreditation, and is it staffed by certified, licensed, and appropriately trained professionals? 
  3. Does the drug rehab program appear to be clean, organized, and effectively operated – and are the program’s representatives willing to give you a tour of the facility and answer all of your questions?
  4. Does the drug rehab program that you are considering offer a range of services to meet all of the patients’ needs, including medical supervision; psychological assessments and intervention; treatment of co-occurring disorders; social, legal, and vocational counseling, and various forms of behavioral-cognitive therapy? 
  5. Is the drug rehab program prepared and equipped to provide medications that may be necessary to ease withdrawal symptoms, curb cravings, or address mental health challenges (such as depression) that my have led to or resulted from the addiction?
  6. Does the drug rehab program provide treatment that is designed to address clients’ age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and cultural heritage?
  7. Does the drug rehab program have policies and protocols in place to ensure that the treatment plan is being constantly monitored and (when necessary) revised to meet the clients’ changing needs as they progress through the stages of rehabilitation and recovery?
  8. Does the program encourage clients to remain in treatment for an extended period of time (which has been proved to increase the likelihood of success) and does the program provide long-term aftercare support?
  9.  Does the program encourage family involvement in the recovery process? For example, do family members have the opportunity to consult with the treatment professionals or participate in therapy sessions with the client?
  10. In addition to helping the client end his drug-seeking behaviors, does the rehab program provide relapse-prevention instruction and help the client to establish a support network that will help him maintain long-term sobriety and overcome relapses should they occur?