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CARF Accredited Drug Rehabs – What Does It Mean & Why Should You Choose One?

Isaac Alexis, M.D., AAMA, AMP-BC

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Isaac Alexis, M.D., AAMA, AMP-BC

March 18, 2019

When it comes to picking a rehab center, many people wonder how they will know ahead of time if is a quality treatment program. There is only so much one can tell about a facility without experiencing it firsthand. One method of assurance is to check if the rehab center is CARF accredited.

What Does It Mean To Be CARF Accredited?

CARF is a non-profit company that reviews businesses and their services in the human and health community; this includes drug rehab centers. CARF only gives their stamp of approval to rehabs that meet all their standards of quality and care. Their goal is to promote the optimal outcome of all patients in rehab facilities, and they check this through a rigorous process of self-evaluation, internal examination, and a team-based decision of acceptance into the accreditation.

Their core values include:

  1. All people have a right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  2. All people should have access to needed services.
  3. All people should have the power of informed choice.

Their goals are to improve all services in the rehab facilities, including management, cultural competence, and enhancing the relevance of being an accredited rehab, making them set apart from those who are not. CARF wants to improve all standards in the rehabilitation field to make sure that people are getting quality treatment, making the likelihood of relapse decrease and the ability to stay clean as a recovering addict go up.

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Why Should You Choose A CARF Accredited Rehab?

Because CARF consistently encourages rehabs to maintain field-driven standards and expects continuous improvements in all areas, patients can expect excellent care and top of the line treatment from faculty whose goals are to give their patients the best chance at a full recovery.

There are literally thousands of rehabs to choose from, but a CARF accreditation narrows your choices down to the very best rehab centers, and you or a loved one can be reassured that you are receiving the most up-to-date and effective treatment available.

By choosing a CARF accredited rehab, you know that the facility has undergone extensive internal examinations of both its treatment programs and the business as a whole. During this rigorous survey, the establishment must meet all requirements for CARF standards.

CARF then submits a write-up of strengths and weaknesses in the program and makes a collaborative decision on whether they have earned the accreditation or not. Once approved, the facility must then submit a Quality Improvement Plan on how they can better serve their patients, and CARF will then preform an annual re-accrediation if the program is actively working towards their goals and improving their patient care. With such a focus on quality, CARF accredited rehabs are sure to meet and exceed all of their patient’s standards. Thus, choosing a CARF rehab means that you are giving yourself access to a full recovery.

Learn More About CARF Accredited Rehabs

If you have further questions on what it means for a rehab center to be CARF accredited or are wondering which rehabs are accredited, contact us today. We can help you pick out the best treatment plan to meet your needs.

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