3 Signs of a Bad Therapist

3 Signs of a Bad Therapist

The right therapist can mean the difference between recovery and relapse

Choosing the right therapist is an important part of the recovery process. Your therapist should understand your unique needs and earn your trust. During rehab, your team of doctors, psychotherapists and other workers will help you accept your addiction and learn how to live a drug-free life. Continued therapy after rehab ends is also important to the success of your recovery. Many facilities offer continued therapy for their patients, and others refer patients to local therapists. In any case, a crucial step to continued recovery success is finding the right therapist. The following signs of a bad therapist can help you get started.

Lack of Training

There are many therapists out there who treat a variety of conditions, but a crucial part of treatment success is finding one who is highly trained and experienced in helping drug and alcohol addicts. If the therapist you are considering has little to no experience in addiction treatment, then look for someone else.

Lack of Certification and Licensure

You will know that your therapist has met rigorous standards when it comes to education and experience if she has appropriate certifications and proper state licenses to treat drug and alcohol addiction. A therapist’s licenses and certifications should be proudly displayed in plain view for her patients to see, so look for certifications from accrediting agencies like the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities or the Joint Commission. If your therapist does not have these certificates displayed, then ask to see them. If she cannot produce such documents, then consider finding a new therapist. Such certifications do not guarantee success, nor does the lack of them guarantee poor treatment. However, these documents imply a certain level of professionalism and standards, which many people value in mental health treatment.

No Broad-Based Treatment Approach

Quality therapists use a variety of treatment approaches to meet each individual’s needs in therapy. If your therapist insists on using only one approach to treat your addiction, then you may need to look elsewhere. Your treatment program should be designed specifically for you rather than your therapist, so no treatment professional should expect you to conform to only one treatment approach.

Find Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Finding the right therapist after rehab ends is a critical step to recovery success. If you or a loved one struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, we can help you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options.

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