Selecting the right addiction treatment program for yourself or your loved one shouldn't be a gamble. Unfortunately, the addiction treatment market includes providers who engage in psuedo-scientific treatment practices or who quote questionable research as "proof" of their outcomes. Use this list of questions when choosing a treatment provider to ensure quality, effectiveness and the best fit for your needs. 1. What type of accreditation or licensing does the program have? National accreditation programs (such as The Joint Commission, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, or the All-States), look for elements of addiction treatment that research has shown to be effective. State licensing is not the same as accreditation since states vary widely in their licensing requirements. At the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: All Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation treatment centers are fully licensed in the states in which they operate, and all are accredited by The Joint Commission. 2. What credentials and licenses does the program's clinical staff hold? Credentials and licenses ensure that the person providing treatment meets nationally recognized standards for professional practice. Some of the credentials held by addiction professionals include LADC (licensed alcohol and drug counselor), LPC (licensed professional counselor), CAC (certified addictions counselor), or CCDP (certified co-occurring disorders counselor). At the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's interdisciplinary care teams consist of fully licensed addiction counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists, physicians and nurses, family specialists, spiritual care professionals, social workers, marriage and family therapists, nutritionists, and wellness specialists.