Matching Clients with a Drug Rehab Center

It is important to try as best you can to match a drug rehab center with the needs of the individual in need of treatment.

Because individuals have different learning styles, we can logically assume that individuals respond to different modalities for treating drug abuse. No single type of drug center is right for everyone. Many drug abusers drop out of treatment because the specific program is poorly defined in terms of content, goals, approach, and the rationality.  Increasing evidence suggests that matching clients to a specific center increases effectiveness of the treatment. For example, one study of cocaine abusers showed that those with high abstract reasoning ability and low religious belief responded better to cognitive — behavioral therapy than to the 12-step approach. Likewise, those with low abstract reasoning ability and higher religious belief fared better in a 12-step program.

Matching clients to treatment is not a new concept. But for anyone attempting to match clients to a drug treatment center, several questions have to be addressed:

1.     Which treatment produces the best outcomes for a specific group or person?

2.     Do members of certain ethnic or socioeconomic groups respond similarly to certain types of treatment?

3.     Is the effectiveness of a specific program linked to age of participants?

4.     Do females and males differ in their responses to treatment?

Matching treatment to gender, culture, language, and sexual orientation is more likely to produce the likelihood of positive outcomes. Patients with severe psychiatric problems and patients with lower socio-economic backgrounds tend not to benefit from most types of treatment, especially outpatient treatment. Individuals from supportive social and economic backgrounds and with few psychiatric problems tend to respond more positively to treatment. Many professionals believe that poor matching between clients and the right drug rehab center accounts for the best results.

Voluntary Versus Compulsory Drug Rehab Center
Many drug users enter addiction treatment under their own accord. Others are required to enter treatment. Sometimes an addict is given a choice between prison or participating in a rehab center. Prisoners are often required to enter drug programs. A relevant question is whether compulsory participation is as effective as voluntary purchase station. Studies show that clients who are required to receive drug treatments make as much progress as those who enter voluntarily.

The key issue is matching the client with the right drug rehab center and finding one that meets their needs.  Clients are more likely to maintain employment and not relapse if placed in the right facility.  More clients complete the program when the drug facilities is located near their home. One of the most important reasons people drop out of treatment is that they do not live near the drug center.