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Drug Rehab AccreditationIn some cases for an addict, getting clean can be hinged on a contingency. Perhaps in order to keep a job, children or other high value situations, it can be mandated that an individual get treatment for his or her addiction. In order to prove the rehabilitation progress, health insurance companies, employers and government officials can require the treatment to take place with an accredited rehabilitation facility. When probation officers, judges and other critics are involved in judging an individual's health and progress, it can be of the utmost importance to have the proof to back it up. So the question comes, how does accreditation work with treatment facilities? Understanding this could mean the difference between the best decision of a lifetime, or a failure.

To start off with, rehabilitation facilities must be licensed by the state. This is the most first and foremost thing to look for. Without state licensing, it is the wrong place to look. However, many rehabilitation facilities opt to be accredited by a third party. This can take the place of state licenses, or much more common, it is added on top of the state license. The most common third party accreditations come from one of two establishments. The first is known as CARF, it is the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. It's an independent and a not-for-profit establishment that gives accreditation for any addiction treatment facility that meets its standards, and is currently the largest establishment to do so. The second establishment is known as The Joint Commission. It serves as the country's second largest "accreditor" of addiction treatment programs.

Each establishment has certain requirements that must be met and continuously upheld. The first are in regards to staff qualifications. Staff personnel such as therapists, nurses and doctors must have licenses for an establishment to be accredited. This is one of the most basic concepts.

Any individual receiving treatment for a disease as difficult as addiction needs truly qualified personnel to assist them. This ensures that the treatment he or receives is up to standards and is the best quality possibly. Quality leads into the next requirement that both establishments must have met before they will give it additional accreditation.

Quality assurance is very important in the world of addiction treatment. An individual will not want to go to a facility with poor quality assurance and low success rates. This can lead to facilities exaggerating their success rates, which is a red flag. So how can quality assurance be on par with CARF or the Joint Commission? Both carefully review reports of service quality, utilization of services, and success rates in order to analyze the effectiveness of the program. These three components allow for a good scope of how the program runs and exactly how successful it is. Many addiction treatment facilities are not required to collect and maintain performance data, but both CARF and the Joint commission require it for accreditation. By complying, the treatment programs prove to put effort forth to analyzing, and if necessary updating their program qualities.

Lastly, but certainly not least is the need for a lack of uniformity. As mentioned above, both accrediting parties require a certain amount of evidence based information to go off of when reviewing an addiction treatment facility. However, there is no specifically elected form in which the data is gathered, or what practices are allowed. This means that addiction treatment programs are free to pursue whichever form of treatment fits their mission. Some traditional methods are the 12 step programs and inpatient programs. Others however specialize in addiction treatment through yoga, art or other alternative methods. As long as the program can retain some hard bodied data on the way their system works, and how well it does, they can be accredited.