Today more than ever, alcohol and drug addiction treatment has become big business. 10 years ago the majority of those who entered the addiction treatment field were recovering alcoholics and addicts themselves. These individual’s own lives had been so revolutionized by their own recovery, that they wanted nothing more than to help other alcoholics and addicts recover too.
Personal Life Experience
The addiction recovery field is an industry where personal experience is extremely important. Individuals who own drug alcohol treatment centers but have never suffered with addiction themselves will never really understand what their clients are going through. In some cases they actually consider themselves better because of that. Alcoholics & addicts are some of the most intelligent, creative beings on the planet. The Aborigines say that in their opinion, alcoholics and addicts — in the western world — are the ones trying hardest to find God
Even if they have a family member who is an addict, they still do not personally understand what the alcoholic or addict experience. They would do better to open a Co-Dependent type of recovery program.
Fast Food Treatment
Business people who enter the recovery field and treat it like opening a fast food franchise, usually have a difficult time succeeding – as do their clients. Because they put money first, it just never works. They find it baffling when seasoned committed professionals in the recovery field will choose to not work with them, or join their “business” for any amount of money. As one of my favorite treatment centers puts it, “you can’t pay someone to care”.
Check out the treatment center you or your loved one is thinking about attending. Find out who owns it, who started it and why.
1. The drug rehab is probably more about big business than big recovery if the individual who owns the treatment center is not be listed on the staff page, nor wants any direct ties to the treatment center. In some cases these people are real estate moguls who see the addiction treatment industry as a great way to acquire real estate while having the alcoholic or addict pay for it. In some places in Florida, treatment centers have bought up entire neighborhoods to house their clients in.
2. If the treatment center has only been in business for a short time, or less than 5 years, you may want to obtain direct referrals about the program. Talk to former clients that have attended the program you want to attend, and find out if they have remained sober for at least 1 year.
3. If the rehab center is less than 3 years in business ask who owns the facility, and then talk to the owner directly. Ask the owner what addiction he or she has overcome, and why they are in the field of addiction treatment. This is a great question to ask, because those who are in the field of recovery for the right reasons will be more than happy to talk to you about this and unusually at length!
4. Length and tenure of staff. If the staff is constantly changing this is a red flag. Everything rolls down hill from the top, and that is how the culture is developed in any treatment center. A strong treatment program will have very little tenure change over the years.
If you are seriously considering going to an addiction treatment center, take some time to choose the right one, as it can make all the difference in your new life beginning. We wish you well.