Iowa’s Office of Drug Control Policy released a report showing teen drug use statistics in Iowa in 2008. Although there was good news regarding the control of meth, there were concerns about alcohol and prescription drug abuse. Treatment centers throughout the state saw an increase in admissions for prescription drug abuse. However, alcohol is still the most commonly used substance in Iowa, accounting for more than two-thirds of treatment admissions. Iowa adolescents have a binge drinking rate 11 percent higher than the national average.
A report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration documented drug and alcohol usage in each state in 2002 and 2004. The statistics found that while Iowa ranked in the top fifth of all states for underage drinking and binge drinking, it also ranked as one of the lowest states for drug use. The usage rate was at 6.5 percent, compared to the national average of 8.1 percent.
What to Look for in a Drug or Alcohol Rehab Program
There are many types of treatment options available, so it’s best to come up with a list of requirements you are looking for in order to narrow down your choices. Here are some things you should include on that list:
Accreditation/licensing. The rehab facility you choose should have the proper accreditation for the facility and licensed counselors and medical professionals. If the facility is not accredited or claims to be but cannot provide any proof, this is a red flag. Move on to another facility.
Detoxification. Does the facility offer detoxification services as part of the process or must your teen go through it elsewhere?
Philosophy. How does the facility approach treatment? Does the facility’s philosophy agree with what you feel is right for your teen?
Therapies. How does the facility go about treating your teen’s addiction? Will they use a variety of methods, such as therapies, counseling, education and medication, if needed?
Dual diagnosis. If your teen also suffers from a mental disorder, does the facility offer dual diagnosis services? The facility should be equipped to treat and manage not only your teen’s drug or alcohol addiction, but any mental health issues as well. Only treating one disease or the other is ineffective and could lead to relapse.
Cost. How much does treatment cost? What is included? What types of payment are accepted? What will your insurance cover?
Success rate. What percentage of the facility’s patients have graduated from the program and stayed sober? How many patients have relapsed?
Length of stay. How long can you expect your teen to stay in the program? Can they stay a shorter or longer period of time if needed?
Aftercare. Does the facility offer any aftercare programs? If so, what does it entail?
Picking Treatment Centers for Iowa Teens
Iowa is home to about 100 drug and alcohol treatment centers. There are many types of facilities to choose from. Iowa also has many community based outpatient services to choose from. There are many recovery options available specifically for adolescents. Iowa also has facilities specifically for drug treatment and detoxification.
The right form of treatment for your teen’s addiction is out there. Call us today and we can help you choose the right one. Some forms of treatment may not be safe or effective for your teen, so we will conduct an assessment of your teen’s situation and narrow down the options. You can choose from a local facility in Iowa or a facility located in another town or state. Whatever you are looking for, we can help. Don’t be afraid to make that call today.
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