What Type of Mental Health Professionals Work in Washington Rehab?

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Making the big step to enter Washington State rehab is scary, in part, because you simply do not know what to expect. You know the process will help you get to the root of what has been troubling you but how will you be able to share your thoughts and feelings with strangers? Who are the people working in these facilities? What training do they have, and will they really understand what you are going through?

The truth is that when you are admitted to a Washington State drug rehab facility, a team of dedicated professionals stands ready to help you reach your sobriety goals. This article will look at the kinds of professionals that you will encounter, and how they will contribute to your success in rehab and beyond.

Who Works at Washington State Rehab?

The clinical and therapeutic teams you encounter at Washington State drug rehab will play a pivotal role in your experience and the quality of your care. That is why it is important to understand the training for the staff as well as the management of the facility to ensure that the program fits your needs.

Working in Washington State drug rehab is a demanding, sometimes emotionally draining job. The staffing roles in these professional facilities vary widely, often requiring years of prior training and on-the-job experience in order to provide patients with effective treatment. Facilities that provide medical-assisted detox require physicians, while mental health professionals, family counselors, certified recreation therapists, and other support teams such as job counselors are often on staff.

Nurse handing a patient a pill and glass of water.

Key to knowing who will be working with you and your family is understanding the type of facility you will be attending. For example, an intensive outpatient drug rehab facility has three types of staff. There is the primary clinical staff that works with patients to:

  • Assess and document clinical histories and develop treatment plans.
  • Counsel patients in crisis and provide on-going therapies.
  • Conduct medical exams and provide medications.
  • Provide case management.

The second layer of staffing in an intensive outpatient setting is the administrative team that manages your care and the facility itself.

Finally, you will be in close contact with staff that is trained to provide adjunct services such as massage or acupuncture or even job counseling and training.

Washington State drug rehab staff can include:

  • Psychiatrists or Psychologists
  • Internists
  • Addiction Specialists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Physician Assistants
  • Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  • Nutritionists

In smaller facilities, these professionals may wear several hats. However, it is important to note that mental health and addiction specialists spend four to eight years receiving training at a cost of up to $100,000. Most of these roles require a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree with an internship or field practicum of on-the-job training. Most high-level careers in the field require a master’s degree with residency in Washington State drug rehab.

It is clear that Washington State addiction treatment facilities are staffed with some of the most highly-trained and experienced professionals in any healthcare field. To learn more about admissions to a residential treatment facility, call now to speak with one of our representatives.