Selecting an Effective Teen Drug Inpatient Program
If your teen is out of control, dysfunctional, and risky with his/her life and other lives by abusing Alcohol-Drugs (AOD), commitment to a treatment program may be mandatory.
In the Article, you will learn how to select the best and most appropriate types of treatment facilities to meet the needs of your teen. Your options include:
1. Inpatient hospitalization: The patients receive comprehensive psychiatric treatment in a hospital. The length of treatment ranges from a few days for acute care and up to 30 days for intermediate care.
2. A crisis residence: This setting provides short-term crisis intervention, acute stabilization, detoxification services and treatment usually for fewer than15 days. Patients receive 24-hours-per-day supervision.
3. A residential treatment facility: Seriously disturbed patients receive intensive and comprehensive psychiatric treatment in a campus-like setting on a long-term basis.
Assuming your teen is psychologically and physically dependent on AOD, you will need to select the facility most appropriate to his situation.
Your selection process will be accomplished by locating, asking or calling a consultant at the facility and ask a series of questions to determine if this is a good choice for your teen.
The questions are as follows:
Ask: Does the program have a well defined treatment philosophy that has been implemented on a practical and logical basis?
One of your first concerns is to find out if the staff involved with the program is qualified. If so, they should be able to give you comprehensive, understandable mission statement that defines what they do and how they do it.
Ask: Based on your teen’s diagnosis, does he/she have other psychiatric problems in addition to the AOD problem? If so, these issues will be addressed in the treatment process.
Whether AOD abuse or dependency is a primary disorder or a symptom of other problems is a controversial issue. You want to select a program that bridges the gap between these 2 opposing viewpoints, one that treats the AOD abuser and behavior and the potential emotional problems and issues.
Ask: If this treatment is provided in a hospital, is it approved by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH)?
This is an absolute necessity. Make certain that the facility and program are accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH). Accept no less under any circumstances.
Ask: Will your insurance cover this type of treatment? How do we find out?
You need to know the costs of the services recommended for your teen. For example, will the costs be covered by a third party? How much will you be required to pay? Will you need to make a cash deposit? Get the answers to the questions to ensure that you select a therapist treatment program within your budget requirements.
Ask: How will the family be involved in the teen’s treatment, including the decision for discharge and aftercare?
An inpatient program should provide a family component lasting a few days or weekly sessions until the end of treatment. During this time, the family will participate in programs as well as group and family therapy.
Ask: How will my teen continue education while n treatment?
If treatment is expected to last more the 2 or 3 weeks, you don’t want your teen to lose school time and risk the consequences. Be sure the inpatient staff includes teachers who will help keep your teen current with school work.
Ask: How long will the treatment process continue?
Inpatient programs usually involve a minimum of 2 weeks, a month, or longer depending on the severity of the problem. But this is rapidly changing. Managed care companies no longer accept this. Instead, a limited number of sessions are given and is subject to ongoing review. Also, the admission standards for treatment are more rigorous. Find out about this and weigh the information, taking into account insurance and overall budget considerations.
Ask: What is the program’s success rate? Are statistics available that define the social, emotional and physical growth and improvement of patients?
This can be a great mystery because most inpatient treatment programs do not conduct outcome studies of individual success rates. But ask the question anyway. You or your insurance company may be spending a good deal of money for treatment. For this kind of investment, you deserve a clear and honest response.
Ask: Is the facility’s location convenient?
Unless you live in a remote and sparsely populated area, there’s probably a treatrment center close to you. Convenience can give you better access to your teen and make it financially and physically easier to participate in the treatment program.
Ask: Does the facility have a pleasant atmosphere in an appropriate, attractive setting?
Unless you can tour the facility in advance, you’ll have to take the staff’s word for it. Sometime touring is difficult because of the confidential aspects of the program. Regardless, people generally respond better and work more effectively in a pleasant environment.
You now have enough information to make a decision about an appropriate treatment program. It’s up to you to select a program that effectively meets your teen’s needs and your financial limitations.