Why Refer to BriteLife Recovery?
BriteLife offers evidence-based therapies in four prime eastern U.S. locations. The amenities at BriteLife are top-notch, the food is fantastic, and the rooms are luxurious. We offer a higher level of care than most clients are used to, and distinctive to most addiction treatment programs. BriteLife concentrates on what people can do, rather than what they can’t do. We teach clients to take care of themselves and help them build a strong foundation in recovery.
With rates of drug and alcohol addiction at record highs, many people never get the quality rehab experience they need. Local therapists can help close this gap. BriteLife is a useful resource for those who are likely to need maintenance therapy during addiction recovery, and to triage and refer clients with more serious addictions to the right rehab provider. But differentiating when to refer a client to residential addiction treatment can be difficult.
Guidelines for Clinician Referral to Rehab
Keep an eye out for patterns of behavior that could suggest an addiction problem. Look for the following:
- Missed appointments, changed appointments, or being late to appointments.
- Conversations relative to missed work, being late to work, or performance concerns.
- Discussions about broken relationships, inexplicable mood swings, arguments, or legal problems.
Don’t Wait for the Client to Hit Bottom
People need treatment before an overdose occurs or they hit bottom. If a client’s life is becoming unmanageable from drugs or alcohol, or if there are several signs of substance abuse present, now is the time to refer that client to a trusted addiction treatment provider. If you have a connection with your client, you can be candid about your unease and help pinpoint the origins of what is happening to them.
Remember there is no convenient time for treatment as rehab will surely be an interruption to their life. Determining a time to go to treatment is a shared decision between the therapist and client. Because there is no totally opportune time to go to rehab, it may be helpful to invite a client to discuss the pros and cons of treatment. These factors, your clinical concerns and the problems your client may need help to overcome should all be considered in conjunction.
Choosing a Rehab Referral Partner
Develop a list of trusted rehab providers to whom you can refer your clients. Knowing when to refer a client to treatment should also entail having a good list of treatment options and providers in place, so that you can provide your client with some trusted rehab referrals. This list should encompass the major treatment modalities, but also some unique options like medication assisted treatment (MAT) or gender specific therapy. At the same time, it is advisable to have one or two partners close to the area and some for clients to go out of state.
In the process of vetting potential referral partners, pursue rehab providers that are accredited and have a substantial history. You can also investigate their reviews, services, and reputation. Knowledge is power, and will provide you with greater peace of mind when referring a client to a treatment center.