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Characteristics of A Good Treatment Program

Regardless of treatment type, a treatment program should at least accomplish the following (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment [CSAT], 1994):

  • Create a treatment plan for each client with specific, measurable goals
  • Provide for family involvement
  • Provide for aftercare
  • Be willing to report back to the court (or probation official) to help enforce compliance with the order for treatment
  • Have medical backup to ensure safe detoxification and healthcare, if required
  • Be sensitive to ethnic, gender, and other differences that might affect treatment effectiveness
  • Have bilingual capability, if needed