Searching Conquer Addiction's Database
Conquer Addiction's mission is to help families find the right treatment for their loved ones. This database of treatment centers is unusual in several respects:
- The database includes information about the percentage of treatment center clients who claim to have successfully met their treatment goals six months and one year after leaving treatment. All research results are reviewed by a prestigious, independent panel of judges to confirm that the research has followed appropriate research-based protocols
- Users have the ability to search by payment options, including the insurance companies the treatment center is in-network for and whether it offers a sliding payment scale based on income
- Conquer Addiction is a non-profit fueled by consumer donations. Treatment centers pay a nominal fee of $199/year to be included in the database.
Tips for Conducting a Search
Overall: The search function allows you to look at a summary of all the treatment centers who meet your search criteria. To see more detail about a particular center, click on its name (in red) to go to a full-page review of the center. You can search for treatment centers by selecting as many of the following indicators as are important to you:
Name: To look up a particular treatment center, enter any word in its name into the name search box.
Location: You can look for centers by state or by region of the country.
Philosophy: There are two major philosophies about the type of addiction treatment that is most effective long-term. Abstinence-based treatment proponents believe that people struggling with addiction need to fully abstain from all drugs and alcohol. Medication-assisted treatment proponents believe that people struggling with addiction have the best likelihood of remaining alive and becoming productive, fully-functional members of society if they use certain opioid replacement or anti-craving drugs. Fortunately, many treatment centers provide both options today.
Level of Care: The primary treatment levels of care, of which many centers offer more than one, are defined as follows:
- Outpatient – clients attend meetings at the treatment facility. Intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) usually meet at least 3 days a week for at least 2-4 hours per day.
- Residential – clients live at the treatment facility while undergoing intensive treatment
- Partial hospitalization/IOP – clients typically receive treatment at a hospital-style facility for some or all of the day and return to a monitored living environment
- Detox – Addicts withdrawing from certain drugs or high levels of alcohol can face possible life-threatening conditions and severe withdrawal symptoms. In such cases, detoxing should be done with round-the-clock medical supervision.
- Transitional housing – clients live with other recovering addicts in a supportive, drug-free environment
Special Programs: Many different types of treatment programs are offered, which we’ve done our best to identify. You may want to search for programs that cater to a particular age group or gender or to a particular type of addiction such as an eating disorder or process addiction (e.g., cutting). If you think there’s a chance your loved one may be suffering from depression or mental illness, you should consider treatment facilities offering co-occurring programs. Finally, you may choose to limit your search to programs that either are or are not 12-step-focused, which means they follow the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Payment Options: We’ve done our best to determine for each of the major health insurance companies whether a treatment center is in network with them (in other words, the insurance company has worked out a payment arrangement with the treatment center), has had recent success submitting to them, or will submit to the insurance company. Please realize that none of these conditions is a guarantee that your insurance company will cover part or all of the treatment you think your loved one needs, and you should find out what, if anything, your insurance will cover before agreeing to treatment.
For families who need to pay part or all of the treatment cost themselves, we’ve also tried to determine if the center offers payment assistance or a sliding payment scale based upon ability to pay.
Conducting a Search: After entering as many search criteria as are important to you, click the “Search” button. The selections you made will remain selected should you want to redo the search with more or fewer criteria. To clear your selections, hit the “Reset” button.
In addition to the general information we’ve collected from the treatment center’s web site and an interview with their admissions office, we are also reporting two other key factors about the treatment centers:
Rating: We’ve asked people who’ve either recently attended a treatment center themselves or had a family member attend it to rate the center on a 1 to 5 scale. You can read the specific comments by going to the full-page write-up for the center by clicking the name of the treatment center (in red).
Please read these reviews with a degree of skepticism. Every center will have its successes and failures, and addicts have a well-known tendency to blame someone or something else when they fail.
Success Tracking: Very few treatment centers systemically follow up with their clients after they leave treatment to determine if they’ve been able to stay clean and sober. This data, however, is tremendously important to families considering where to send their loved one for treatment and to enable the industry to continuously improve.
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has set baseline standards for measuring the reliability and validity of substance abuse treatment outcomes. Their requirement for continuing to fund a program is that at least 80% of all patients agree to participate in research and that the center is able to reach a minimum of 60% of these patients for follow-up at multiple time points after treatment. Combining these two requirements, SAMHSA requires that a center be able to follow up with 48% (80% x 60%) of the clients who attended their center.
We believe that the best indicator of the effectiveness of a program is the percentage of its clients who are clean and sober one year after leaving the program. We understand that relapses happen and have chosen as our indicator of success what percent of the clients reached reported that they had not used alcohol or drugs in the previous 30 days.
Conquer Addiction has asked treatment centers who are tracking success rates to send a report of their outcome data for our review. We are rating each treatment center on a 1 to 5 scale based upon our knowledge of what (if any) success tracking they are doing:
5-stars: At least 30% of their clients who left treatment one year previously were reachable & claimed to have abstained completely from drugs or alcohol in the previous 30 days
4-stars: At least 25% of their clients who left treatment one year previously were reachable & claimed to have abstained completely from drugs or alcohol in the previous 30 days
3-stars: Center claims to be measuring their success rates, but it either does not yet have one year results or the data has not been submitted to us for validation
2-stars: Center has no formal follow-up program, but tries to stay in touch with clients through its alumni program or other informal avenues
1-star: Center does not track success rates in a scientific fashion
We wish you tremendous success finding the right treatment program for yourself or your family member.
Want to Add a Center to Our Database?
For Individuals: If you’d like to add a review for a center which does not appear in our database, please click the red “Add New Center” button above the search box. You will be taken to a page where you can rate the center and post a review. While your review won’t be immediately available through search, it will be saved and will appear as soon as we are able to complete our research and fully add the center to our database.
For Treatment Centers: If your treatment center does not appear in our database, please click the red “Add New Center” button above the search box. After entering some basic information, you will be taken to a form where you will be asked detailed information about your center. We will add your center to our database shortly thereafter.
Want to Update the Data in Our Database About a Center?
If there is any information about a center that you feel is incorrect or missing, please go to the center's full-page review and select "Click here if you want to update this information". You will be taken to a form where you can enter whatever information you believe is incorrect, and we will update the database soon thereafter.