Forbes.com is reporting on a study that acknowledges that approximately 23 million people struggle with addiction, yet only about 10 percent receive the help they need. There is no doubt that addiction treatment is important and needed in the lives of the millions of people who struggle with addiction issues. But when it comes to treatment, what comprises a good experience? A June 2016 study by Recovery Brands shows that patients may not know.
The study looked at patients’ perceptions of treatment factors pre- and post-treatment and found a vast discrepancy among what was important to them before and after they experienced treatment. Reported discrepancies varied from counseling staff to group therapy, with the highest gap occurring in reference to facility offerings.
But what keeps patients from understanding the qualities in which they should rate and choose a treatment center? According to Recovery Brands, this could be largely attributed to the lack of standardization and ratings of treatment centers. Unlike traditional medical centers and hospitals, there historically hasn’t been a well-known, authoritative body telling patients in need of addiction treatment where to go, how to best approach finding a facility, and what to look for.