Arkansas Rehab–Finding an Effective Solution

Arkansas rehab for drug and alcohol problems are available throughout the state. Licensed programs are governed by the state’s DBHS (Division of Behavioral Health Services): All persons, partnerships, associations, or corporations establishing, conducting, managing or operating and holding themselves out to the public as an alcohol and/or other drug abuse treatment program must be licensed by DBHS, unless expressly exempted from these requirements.  Treatment programs run by the Department of Defense and/or the Veterans Administration are not mandated to be licensed by DBHS but may opt to be. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction such as methadone and buprenorphine maintenance is also governed by DBHS, as well as other federal and state laws.

There are a variety of healthcare professionals that staff addiction treatment programs and each is governed by their respective licensing and credentialing boards. Not every Arkansas rehab employees the same combination of care providers, but among the most common providers are physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, and alcohol and drug counselors. Every reputable program and facility will answer questions about the qualifications, education and/or the credentials of their professional staff.

In addition, it is common practice for the credentials of staff members to be prominently displayed in their offices. All professions that require licensing or certification will provide information about the credentialing status of a practitioner. Typically, you can find listings online for each governing board that state whether the care provider is in good standing (compliance) with the expected standards of their professions.

Alcohol and Drug Counseling in Arkansas Rehabs

Professionals that provide specialized alcohol and drug treatment counseling in the state of Arkansas are governed by state regulations and overseen by the Arkansas Board of Examiners of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. Alcohol and drug counselors in an Arkansas rehab conduct individual, group, and family counseling sessions, as well as educational services related to addiction and recovery. They are held to the standards of their professional state board, and those standards apply to a wide array of realms involved in addiction treatment. Some of them are:

  • Expected levels of education and content of education relative to their counseling duties
  • Ethical responsibilities regarding interactions and relationships with clients
  • Competency in counseling diverse cultural populations
  • Screening for co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Referring clients for needed services outside the counselor’s own professional scope of practice
  • Protection of clients’ privacy and confidentiality
  • Continuing professional education and development

Alcohol and drug counseling is defined in Arkansas as the application of general counseling theories and treatment methods adapted to specific alcohol and drug theory and research, for the express purpose of treating persons with alcohol and other drug problems and persons with co-occurring psychiatric disorders within our diverse society. The practice relies on expertise in many areas. These include understanding the following:

  • Pharmacology and effects of alcohol and drugs that are abused and those used in treatment of substance problems and mental health disorders
  • Theoretical models of addiction processes
  • Biological, psychological and social effects of addiction
  • Differences and interactions between addiction and other conditions
  • Treatment models
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family, community, social and self-help supports for recovery
  • Effective collaboration with multi-disciplinary treatment teams
  • Individualizing treatment plans to meet specific client needs
  • Professional standards of practice
  • Cultural diversity
  • HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other addiction-related illnesses

Privacy and Confidentiality Standards in an Arkansas Rehab

In the substance abuse treatment field, privacy and confidentiality are mandated by federal laws and regulations (42 U.S.C. § 290dd-2 and 42 CFR Part 2). These provide the limitations in which information about a person in alcohol or drug treatment can be disclosed by an Arkansas rehab. Due to the stigma attached to addiction, co-occurring disorders (addiction and a mental health condition), and seeking treatment for both, these privacy laws have removed barriers to treatment for countless individuals who need help.

The laws and regulations apply to any Arkansas rehab (and those in other states) that provide addiction-related services directly or indirectly regulated or assisted by any U.S. department or agency. Protected information includes:

  • One’s participation in a program
  • Records that have information regarding identity, diagnosis, prognosis or treatment received

A person receiving treatment may give written consent to disclose their information, but that consent is limited to the specifics agreed to in each release of information. The release of information must state to whom the information is released, why it is being released, and what kind of information will be released.

There are exceptions to these privacy and confidentiality policies. Information can be released by a treatment program representative without written consent in several instances. For example, reports can be made to proper authorities about child abuse or neglect; when subpoenaed by the court, or when an individual in treatment has died. Also, in the case of a medical emergency in which a person in treatment cannot give consent; information can be released to secure necessary emergency treatment.

What to Expect When You Choose an Arkansas Rehab

Addiction treatment programs are not all alike in their treatment methods, philosophy, costs, insurances accepted, or staffing. If you are exploring more than one option, you cannot assume that all operate in similar ways regarding such things. Each time you contact a specific program, you will need to inquire about their methods, staffing, services, and costs. You will also have to clarify if your insurance policy is accepted, and if there are out-of-pocket costs, what financial arrangements a program will accept.

When you decide to enter a program you can expect to have an initial contact with a program representative that will screen you to determine if their program may be suitable for you. A more thorough evaluation will occur in person prior to your admission. In that evaluation, you can expect to be asked questions about your substance use, including which substances you’ve used, how much, how frequently, and for how long. It is important to give accurate information so that the program staff is well-informed and can make the most effective and safest plan for your withdrawal and detox.

In your evaluation, you can also expect to be asked questions about your current life situation such as work, school, relationships, physical and mental health, and stresses. Additionally, information about your personal history and your family history further help care providers clarify your treatment needs, enabling them to individualize your treatment plan to best ensure your success.

When You are Admitted to an Arkansas Rehab

If it is determined in your evaluation that the treatment program can serve you, you will be admitted to the program if you choose to be. The admission process involves paperwork in which you give identifying information, emergency contact information, and permission for any pertinent contacts with healthcare providers or individuals you wish to involve in your treatment. You will also give insurance information if your policy is accepted by that program, and will make arrangements to cover any costs not covered by an insurance policy.

During your admission process, you will also be oriented to the physical setting, meet staff members, and be informed about your treatment schedule, and the rules of the facility. Shortly after admission, you can expect to be examined by a physician and to meet with other care providers such as a nurse, therapist, counselor or social worker. Typically, you will be assigned a staff member such as a specific counselor that will work with you throughout your stay, be your primary contact, and coordinate your care. However, you can expect to have various staff members work with you individually or in groups.

If you require a medically supervised withdrawal and detox, this will be your first stage of treatment. You may attend other therapies and activities during this process depending on how well you feel, however. Medications are often used to alleviate any distressful withdrawal symptoms you may have. When your detox is complete, you will be involved in a schedule of therapies and activities that are designed to help you learn how to stay substance-free.

If you have a co-occurring condition such as depression, anxiety, a trauma reaction, or Bipolar Disorder, you can also expect to have psychiatric services to treat that condition as well. Non-addictive medication may be prescribed to control distressful psychiatric symptoms. Having simultaneous treatment for your substance problem and your mental health problems gives you the best chance of sustaining recovery after you leave the program.

If You or a Loved One Needs Help

If you or a loved one needs help with an alcohol or drug problem, we can help you find an effective Arkansas rehab. We have researched treatment programs across the state and can help you find appropriate options to meet both clinical and financial needs. Our service is free to you, and you can call us today for a consultation.

We will help you clarify what you or your loved one need to overcome a substance problem and use our extensive database to match you with a program that has the clinical expertise you need, and that can meet any special needs you may need to be accommodated as well. We can help you clarify your insurance coverage also.

Treatment works and recovery is possible. No matter how overwhelmed you feel, there is effective help within your reach. All you need is the willingness to reach out, take suggestions, and participate openly and honestly. Treatment has worked for countless people using that formula, and you or your loved one can begin healing today by making the decision to get help. You will find that using our free service can open the door to recovery, perhaps far more easily than you imagine. We will reduce the stress of finding the right treatment program so you or loved one can focus on getting well.