Questions About Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

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Questions About Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

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When visiting a treatment centre to see whether the program offered there meets your and your family member's needs, ask the following questions.

About the staff

  • Do the counsellors have a degree or diploma in chemical dependency (addictions counselling)?
  • Are any medical doctors associated with the program? If so, are they certified by the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM)? Doctors who are certified have special training in dealing with people who have substance abuse problems.

About the program

  • What treatment therapies are used in the program? Is it a 12-step program alone or does the program contain cognitive therapy and/or medicine therapy?
  • How much time do you spend in the program a day, and how many weeks or months does the program last? Does the program have aftercare?
  • What has been the success rate for people going through the program? How has success been evaluated (number completing the program, years not drinking)?
  • Does the treatment program offer special services to meet women's needs, such as female therapists, female-only groups, or assistance with child care?
  • Does the treatment program address any special concerns that a person from a particular culture or religious background (such as First Nations or Catholics) might have?

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Last Revised August 19, 2010

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