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1.  What is the difference between medical and non-medical social model treatment programs?

Both medical and non-medical social model programs offer services designed to promote detoxification, treatment and maintenance... Read More

2.  What is the difference between medical and non-medical detoxification programs?

Medical detoxification programs typically occur within a hospital or structured inpatient medical setting. Read More

3.  Which addiction treatment facilities are required to be licensed?

Any facility that proposes to offer 24-hour non-medical residential alcohol or drug abuse related recovery treatment services to adults must be licensed by... Read More

4.  What kind of treatment options are available for clients with addiction problems?

A client with severe withdrawal signs and symptoms may need a medically-monitored inpatient detoxification program,... Read More

5.  What does it mean to be 'licensed', 'certified' or 'accredited' in this industry?

Licensing means that a particular type of facility or professional may only operate or provide a certain set of services with the advance and continuous authorization (license) of a designated government agency. Read More

Non-Medical Rehabilitation Facilities (Inpatient and Outpatient) Services

6.  What kind of services can we offer within our program?

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation services are those which are designed to promote recovery from substance use disorders. Read More

7.  What services are prohibited?

Historically, non-medical facilities were not permitted to provide medical care or contract with physicians directly to provide medical services, although they could contract with a physician in an administrative role to provide non-clinical directorship services, such as oversight or input into program development. Read More

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