There are abundant problems associated with alcohol and drug rehab centers. From the industry being casually regulated to not having adequately trained staff from which to choose. Many of these centers expose their patients to dangers that can lead to further drug abuse. Below are some of the places where issues may exist with drug rehab facilities:
They are unregulated and Not Accountable.
There are no national accreditation standards for addiction treatment and almost nothing in the way of regulations. Furthermore, there is no accountability for centers and programs that do not give treatment that is consistent with medical requirements and proven treatment methods. Without accreditation standards, addiction rehabilitation and therapy facilities have great freedom to design and implement programs as they see little fit respect to accepted medical standards.
Drug Rehab Programs are Outdated.
While scientific knowledge about addiction and its treatment has developed significantly over the last 20 years, few drug and alcohol treatment centers have adopted more modern approaches that are proven to be more effective in helping patients to overcome addiction.
Under-qualified Drug Rehab Staff.
Because there are little standards and regulations, there is a huge gap between the knowledge and academia available for addiction treatment and the training received by those who give or should give care.
Most of those who administer addiction treatment are not sufficiently trained or educated to give such treatment.
Without satisfactory education and training, staff members lack the knowledge, skill, and credentials necessary to provide research-based services such as prescribing proper medicine and offering enough therapy.
Lack of Supervision
Inpatient programs always advertise and promise that patients will be supervised 24/7. In practice, patients are constantly left unattended and given too much freedom. This presents the chance for those who are still very vulnerable to relapse to access drugs and lose all they had originally gained. Lack of supervision can have devastating consequences as it can lead to relapse, overdose, even suicide.
Drug Rehab Short-term Care.
The characteristic inpatient rehab program runs for about 30 days. Due to the extremely high cost of these programs, few addicts can afford more than one month. Research reveals that many individuals have what is called "chronic addiction." This stage of addiction requires personalized and constant care that lasts for several months or even years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, research has revealed that most addicted persons need at least three months in treatment to significantly improve.
Incentive to Fail
One of the most obstinate issues revolving around addiction rehab centers is that there is a financial incentive for failure. Only 42.1% of people who enter rehab finish the program. Few rehab programs give refunds when a patient does not finish the program or if and when a patient relapses after the completion of the program. The centers are quick to blame the failure on the patients and convincing the patient that he or she must return to the program to find some success.