PEOPLE ARE DYING AND MORE TREATMENT CENTERS ARE OPENING EVERY DAY

Now that the word seems to be out about how profitable the addiction business is, new treatment centers open every day. Some are luxury rehabs offering their clients a resort-level experience, others are government funded with no frills. Most are 12 step based and although they make some lofty claims about the success of their clients, there is no hard evidence to back them up. Meanwhile, deaths caused by drug and alcohol abuse continue to skyrocket and show no signs of slowing down.

By the end of the film, I found myself looking at the addiction treatment industry in a whole new light. I had honestly never questioned it before the film. I hold my own opinions on the effectiveness of certain types of treatment and 12 step programs, but there is no doubt in my mind that significant, sweeping changes in addiction treatment need to be made.

Who should watch this film? Any addict or loved one who is thinking about treatment, for starters. Those looking to get into the field of treatment should also watch the film, as well as medical professionals, people in the criminal justice system, and pretty much anyone who has been affected by or may come into contact with addiction, treatment or people who may need help.

The film’s producers hope to raise awareness and help consumers of addiction treatment make more educated decisions about treatment for themselves or those they love. Too often, people are getting “help” from treatment centers that are simply not qualified to treat their addiction. They are basically paying for meetings, yoga classes, and meals. They get out of treatment and more often than not, they are using again. Sometimes they end up in jail or back in treatment. Sometimes, they die. Such was the case with 23-year-old Michael Colasurdo, who died from an overdose just three months after being interviewed.

Hopefully, the film will have the impact that was intended. Who knows, maybe it will spur some real change in this 35 billion dollar industry. If nothing else, it will hopefully open eyes and encourage people to become better consumers of rehab services.

What I hope it doesn’t do is turn people off to 12 step programs. It’s understandable that programs came under the scrutiny of the film. After all, many rehabs who charge tens of thousands of dollars for treatment often use free meetings and call it treatment. But, the film doesn’t acknowledge the fact that over the years, 12 step programs have helped countless people turn their lives around through one addict helping another.

Rose Lockinger is a passionate member of the recovery community. A rebel who found her cause, she uses blogging and social media to raise the awareness about the disease of addiction. She has visited all over North and South America. Single mom to two beautiful children she has learned parenting is without a doubt the most rewarding job in the world. Currently the Outreach Director at Stodzy Internet Marketing.

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