John Oliver is Right, Addiction Treatment Needs to be Carefully Vetted
In a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver dissected the addiction rehabilitation industry, which he described as “dangerously unregulated.”
“Right now, it can be way too difficult to get answers to those questions, which is crazy because so much about battling addiction is really hard,” Oliver said. “Getting clean is hard, staying clean is hard. But getting good evidence-based trustworthy help should be the easy part.”
As an independent case management and consulting company in this industry, we greatly appreciate John Oliver bringing to light what the addiction-recovery industry is fast becoming. Over the past 22 years, Feinberg Addiction Services has observed the overwhelming growth of the addiction-recovery industry. Unfortunately, some people have come into the industry looking to make a quick buck without any regard or knowledge as to what quality patient care is. There are many good and ethical treatment facilities and treatment options available, and we have made it our mission to become experts in this field based on the understanding that recovery from addiction is not a cookie-cutter process. We believe it’s important for addiction treatment to be tailored to the individual needs of each person and their family or support system.
For families in crisis who are facing life-changing decisions on behalf of their loved one, it’s beneficial for them to seek guidance from a properly experienced and credentialed team of professionals. To properly assist these families, Feinberg Addiction Services ensures that our in-house clinical team, which is accredited in the fields of addiction and mental health, have toured and carefully vetted each facility we recommend to our clients. It’s the only way we can ensure these facilities are patient-centered, with highly educated, licensed, and accredited clinicians and medical professionals. We also take into consideration if a treatment center has a dual-diagnosis program, which ensures that people who suffer from both an addiction and a mental health disorder can get the type of care they need. In addition to the services that we provide, there are also a variety of great independent companies that have vetted effective and ethical treatment programs throughout the country and are able to help families make those tough decisions.
Recovery from addiction is a process, not an event, and it requires daily work. That is why in addition to Treatment Recommendations and Case Management services, we provide Interventions, Recovery Coaching, Family Coaching, Career Counseling, and additional services to support individuals and their families in gaining the necessary skills that will help them adapt to a life of long-term sobriety.
John Oliver is right. As an individual or family, it’s extremely difficult right now to navigate the addiction-recovery world. With the help of a team of trained professionals, however, families can ensure that their loved ones will receive the highest quality of addiction care so that healing and long-term recovery become possible.
Written by: Lyn Garrett, CAC II, CIP
Certified Addiction Counselor Level II
Certified Intervention Professional