Characteristics of the best treatment programs

big-question-logoIn that Points interview, Bill White is asked about the treatment provider that he would choose for a loved one.

I receive calls every day from people asking variations of these questions. There isn’t a universally “best program.” What we are looking for is the best match between the characteristics of a particular person at a particular point in time and the characteristics of a treatment setting at that same point in time. What could be the best choice for one person would not necessarily be a good choice for another, and a good match today might not be so a year from now—because both individual/family needs and organizational capabilities evolve dynamically. But those best matches do seem to share some common characteristics: accessibility; affordability; organizational and workforce stability; individualized, evidence-based, and family-focused care; a recovery-infused service milieu; effective linkage to recovery community resources; and sustained support for both the individual and the family. What also matters as much as the treatment approach and the treatment institution is the primarily clinician who will be providing that treatment. Recovery outcomes vary widely from counselor to counselor.

Interesting to see affordability on that list. Again, I’m grateful to be part of a place that resembles this description.

5 thoughts on “Characteristics of the best treatment programs

  1. so, currently, what is the percentage of people receiving ‘treatment’ and not returning to using… I have seen statistics of less than 5%… Is that accurate ?


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