Alcohol/Drug Retreats & Rehabs: Often More about Money than Helping People

The alcohol and drug treatment industry is enormous and highly profitable, but very competitive. To lure patients or clients, many rehabs and retreats use misrepresentation and deception. There’s little regulation, deception is common, and it’s a case of caveat emptor, or buyer beware.

Companies may devise new names for their programs or activities to mislead customers. Companies may claim high success rates based on virtually meaningless surveys of past clients.  (How many people will honestly report that they have failed to achieve sobriety or a clean lifestyle?) Some companies routinely use their own employees for testimonials as former clients without disclosing that they are actually on the company payroll.

Some sales offices present themselves as referral services when they are owned by the rehab companies that own them. Others get a financial “kick back” for recommending some companies but not others. That’s great for them but bad for consumers.

In reality, few people need a rehab, retreat, or treatment center. Most can benefit from free or economical programs such as the free HAMS Harm Reduction network or the affordable Life Process Program developed by the pioneering addiction specialist, Dr. Stanton Peele.

Other popular options include the well-known Moderation Management program, Women for Sobriety, Rational Recovery, and Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery).

With any of these flexible programs, people can avoid the unnecessary expense, inconvenience, long travel, disruption to their lives, and anxiety about living among strangers in a retreat or rehab.

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