Florida Senator Calls for More Inspections of Drug Rehab Centers
While the substance abuse crisis has hit the entire country hard—and some states, like Florida, even harder—there are always going to be those who worsen an already terrible situation by attempting to exploit it for their own gains.
Senator Marco Rubio wrote a letter to the Attorney General’s office, asking that more inspections and investigations be done in order to target false drug rehab centers in the state of Florida. Many of the rehab centers in counties like Palm Beach are popping up overnight, and though they have licenses, these programs are meant to simply scam recovering addicts out of their insurance money. This issue is evidenced in the number of recently opened rehab centers in Palm Beach and other counties contrasted with the increase in overdoses in the same areas. Many individuals are going to these facilities for treatment, only to miss out on receiving the proper care and to be let out much too early from inpatient treatment, which makes them vulnerable to relapse.
How Long Should Addiction Treatment Last?
Every person is different, and their treatment may need to last longer or be shorter than someone else’s depending on their needs. Different facilities also offer different treatment lengths, including
- 30 days
- 60 days
- 90 days
- 6 months
- 1 year or more
Some detox facilities may only treat patients for the duration of their symptoms, which could amount to a stay of only 1 to 4 weeks. However, detox must always be followed by rehab, otherwise the individual will not be able to recover properly.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that proper treatment should last at least 90 days. This can include any type of treatment program, and in most cases, patients require more intensive care earlier on in recovery. This can mean one should start off in inpatient care, which should then be followed by outpatient care. It is essential, however, that the patient is not removed from inpatient treatment before they are ready.
How Do I Know a Treatment Program Is Legit?
One of the best ways to know if a treatment program will be able to offer you safe, effective care is to choose a facility close to you, so you can visit before you commit to seeking treatment there. You can make sure the facility offers actual medical treatment as well as a comfortable, calming atmosphere where you will be able to recover in peace.
If you must choose a treatment program far from home, discuss your needs with an advisor from the program when you call. Ask about the accreditations and try to choose a program that has existed for more than a few years or so. Also, make sure the healthcare professionals at the facility take your needs into account. Check to see that they are considering your feelings about your treatment and that they are concerned with your approval of your options.