How to Choose the Best Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center


With various substance abuse treatment options available, how do you choose the best rehab? It isn’t always easy to select. So, what happens most of the time? People read a few reviews, filter out facilities with the lowest cost, check themselves in somewhere, and then hope for the best.


We would like you to come to Wish Recovery. However, there are times when we are at total capacity. We hope you will use this guide to understand better the quality of care you deserve and how to navigate the search for the best inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center.


Finding excellent addiction treatment is complex. You are deciding how to meet your recovery needs best and improve your life's quality of life without relying on substances. This will necessarily require expert guidance. So, here is a checklist of important factors to consider when deciding whether a treatment center is right for you or a loved one.



  • Is the facility licensed, accredited, and certified?
  • What qualifications and licenses do the clinical personnel hold?
  • Will there be a multidisciplinary team created for my individualized care?
  • How many providers are there to the number of patients?
  • What evidence-based methods does the facility use?
  • Will they treat my co-occurring conditions or my dual diagnosis?
  • Does my insurance cover the treatments at the facility?
  • Do they provide medication-assisted therapy, such as medical detox?
  • Do they have specialized programs designed for groups that match my specific needs?
  • What kind of follow-up care will I receive?
  • What kind of reviews do they have on sites like Google, Yelp, and Facebook? 




Is the facility licensed, accredited, and certified?




Each state must license all substance abuse inpatient treatment centers to which they offer services. Most states require licensed drug and alcohol treatment centers to put on their websites the state licensing bureau logo, license number, and a link to the licensing bureau website. Typically, you will find this at the bottom of treatment center websites.

There are various unlicensed treatment providers. Besides the absence of the state licensing credentials on their website, they most likely do not accept insurance. Insurance companies only pay for inpatient drug and alcohol treatment if the state licenses the facility.









When looking for a drug treatment center, it’s a good idea to check that your chosen facility is accredited. An accredited drug and alcohol treatment center must show they have undergone a rigorous process to determine that they follow best practices and maintain high standards. This means that they will be following proper procedures to help you get on the road to recovery.


The gold standard of healthcare accreditation for hospitals and substance abuse treatment centers is the Joint Commission. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.