Clearly, there is no step-by-step instruction guide to starting any business. Addiction rehabilitation is an especially unique line of business, if you can really look at it that way at all. The business of helping people step away from their evil vices. Evil, of course, being subjective.
What we really mean is that there are a few inciteful pieces of information you should really commit to knowledge before embarking upon the adventure of building an addiction rehabilitation organization from the ground level. Take a second to soak in a few pieces of advice to help guide you along the way.
Work through a thorough feasibility study
A feasibility study will help to determine exactly what the area in which you plan to build needs. Taking note of the prevalent addiction issues in the area, the average age of the population, and the treatment options already available will help to determine exactly what type of treatment facility would be beneficial.
If the area is already saturated with IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) centers, then it is best to consider a full continuum facility. Full continuum refers to a facility that focuses on the full scope of recovery. It would provide detox, residential inpatient, PHP (Partial Hospitalization), and IOP services to assist patients throughout their journey of recovery.
A feasibility study will also help to determine the size of the facility. It is important to plan for the most appropriate amount of beds to adequately serve the surrounding need.
Licensure requirements vary from state to state
Some random Jane Doe off the streets cannot simply open up an addiction treatment facility on an altruistic whim. You have to have the proper education and licensure in the field of addiction therapy.
Zoning laws are also another serious consideration. Residential recovery centers have to be commercially zoned, and there is a long list of other requirements to be met. Be thorough, and mind the local legal ps and qs so as to not be thwarted from your ultimate goal.
Formulate a well-versed business plan
Once you have narrowed down a location and adequately surveyed the unique need of the population, it is time to formulate a well-versed business plan. Not only should your business plan of action be very precise and detailed, it is necessary to write out a financial projection.
Estimate what it will cost to get the place up and running, and plan for a way to acquire the money to get the job done. It is better to understand the challenges ahead and face them with an educated mind.
Once the plan of action is complete, it is time to get the ball rolling. Understand that nothing comes easy in the world, and especially not in the world of an addict.