Preparation for Facility Placement

In the days that a family is considering sending a loved one to treatment, there is a lot to learn, in a very short period of time and under extreme pressure.

It is hard for the family to think clearly and evaluate the financial implications in under the pressure. There are many treatment facilities, each with a specialty and different fit for different situations and people.

By discussing the below outline, you will learn about your loved one, their addiction, and together we will find the right facility that is both affordable and the right fit for your loved one.

Evaluate the Current Situation

  • What changed that now is the time to consider treatment?
  • How long has this been going on for?
  • What are obvious consequences on work, family, and friends?

Introduce recovery

  • Successful recovery takes time
  • Plans must include 30, 60, and 90 days as well as the first year
  • 30 Days is just the beginning of recovery
  • What goals are there for recovery? new friends, new job, move out

Evaluate ILO for appropriate treatment

  • Drugs of choice, use in the last 30 days?
  • Any significant consequences; work, CPS, legal, professional licensure?
  • Does work know and are they supportive? FMLA?
  • Any co-occurring mental health concerns?
  • Risks to safety to ILO, family or interventionist?
  • Minority affiliations?

Evaluate Family Support

  • Are there children or pets that need to be taken care of?
  • Who will financially support ILO during and after treatment?
  • Who will provide support and housing afterwards?
  • Understand Addiction
  • People, Place, Things
  • Craving and triggers
  • Fear of failure and fear of success / losing everything that they know

Is an Intervention Necessary?

  • Is the ILO engaged in this decision and willing to go to treatment?

Make a Plan

  • In-patient or outpatient options
  • Finances around choosing a facility (in-network vs. out-of-network)
  • Evaluate facilities for appropriateness
  • Warning signs of facilities
  • Chose #1 and #2 facilities
  • Introduce family programing and aftercare

Remove Roadblocks to Treatment

  • Who in the family is supportive and who isn’t?
  • Does the quality of facility match the expectations of ILO?
  • Work and childcare
  • Think of any excuses and remove the barrier
  • Smoke, vape, cell phone, computer, roommate


  • If ILO is not engaged with the decision
  • Contingency plans for a “no”, plan B
  • Transportation plans for a “yes”
  • Review what to expect in the days following
  • Prepare for “this time will be different” and alliances

ILO Makes Intake Call

  • Facility reviews medical history
  • Review of safety to themselves and others
  • Co-occurring MH disorders
  • Use in past 14 days and the relationship to insurance payment

Transport to Facility

  • Safe transport
  • ILO doesn’t travel alone

What to expect during treatment

  • Releases, who will be allowed access to information
  • Detox > 3-14 days
  • No news is good news / take a few days off
  • “The call” to leave
  • Family programs
  • Create after care plan that includes living and additional treatment

After Care Plan for 30 days to 6 months

  • Safe transport
  • Is home safe / smart for ILO to return to? Sober living?
  • Re-integration with family – setting expectations for both sides
  • Intensive Out Patient Treatment and recovery meetings
  • Sober Coaching

There is a lot on here to consider, we will go over the content in several phone calls over the course of a few days. A good plan will be put in place that will have lasting impact on your loved one.

Adam Banks is a certified recovery coach and interventionist at Suntra Modern Recovery.  He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and built a company which United Health Care acquired. He learned his rigor and attention to detail from his career as an airline pilot, holding an ATP, the FAA’s highest license.

Suntra Modern Recovery provides medical treatment for alcohol and opiate addictions via video visit with medical doctors. Suntra’s alcohol and drug intervention services are available in New York, Long Island, and the Hamptons. Treatment for opiate and heroin addiction, including Suboxone treatment, can start today.

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