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If you’re searching for a place for you or a loved one to begin the journey toward addiction recovery, there are several factors for you to keep in mind. Treatment philosophy, therapeutic approaches, insurance acceptance, accreditation, amenities and location may be at the top of your list, but it’s impossible to overemphasize the importance of the facility’s ability to provide the most effective addiction treatment. Staff-to-client ratio is one indicator of this.
What Is a Staff-to-Client Ratio?
Beach House maintains a 7-to-1 staff-to-client ratio, which means there is one therapist for no more than seven people. This small ratio – well below the industry average of 11 to 1 – allows clients to receive a tailored treatment plan, along with more supervision for increased safety. Our compassionate addiction treatment specialists take time to get to know each client for a personal touch during their time with us.
Your Treatment Team
The most effective addiction treatment begins with medical detoxification, which clears the drugs and alcohol from your system to get you in stable condition. During detox, you can expect to receive 24/7 monitoring from doctors and nurses who will administer medication-assisted treatment, as necessary, to help ease uncomfortable or dangerous withdrawal symptoms you might experience as the toxins leave your body.
Once you move out of detox and into inpatient or outpatient treatment, you will begin working with a team of therapists who will help you identify and begin addressing the root causes of your addiction, while providing compassion and support. Evidence-based treatment practices such as cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy can help you unlearn unhealthy behaviors and discover new coping skills that will enable you to deal with life’s challenges on a more even keel.
If you receive a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and a co-occurring mental health disorder, your treatment team – including doctors, nurses, therapists, case managers, techs and other staff – will need to create a plan for addressing both issues simultaneously. This scenario is another example of how a small staff-to-client ratio can work in your favor when you are working to reclaim your mental, physical and emotional well-being.
A Recovery-Rich Environment
Effective addiction treatment involves going beyond the changes in brain chemistry that characterize substance dependency. For example, you will need to eat healthy foods to help reverse some of the damage years of drinking or drug use have done to your body. That’s why we have an in-house chef and nutritionist to prepare balanced and nourishing meals. And, because we understand relaxation and self-care are also part of the recovery journey, we employ a massage therapist to provide our clients with massages twice a week.
How a Small Staff-to-Client Ratio can Benefit Your Treatment Outcomes
The best addiction treatment facilities take care to keep their staff-to-client ratio low, because this is one of the best indicators that a treatment center will be able to fulfill the individual therapeutic needs of each client. There is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” addiction treatment, and a low ratio is a way to ensure every client receives a customized treatment plan that will help them achieve and maintain lifelong sobriety.
Recovery from addiction is intensely personal, and Beach House’s 7-to-1 ratio ensures clients can develop profound connections with their treatment team. Because we have committed to keeping our balance between staff and clients so low, we can give everyone who comes to stay with us the attention they deserve as part of their addiction rehabilitation treatment.
Our low staff-to-client ratio means no member of our professional team gets overwhelmed by the number of clients they need to look after. Instead, they can focus on giving each client the time and specialized care they deserve. To learn more about Beach House, take a tour of our Florida facility or call today to speak to one of our admissions counselors.