Rehab Referrals – Pitfalls in Seeking Help for Addiction

The purpose of this article is not necessarily to be a whistle-blower, as much as it is to inform. When it comes to Drug Addiction, Inpatient Rehab is one of the most common and effective treatment methods used today.

However, in the growing world of Treatment centers, more emphasis is being put on the degree with which these rehab centers are marketed. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because prospective clients need to be aware that there is help available for their problem. In addition, those with private insurance can often enter treatment with little or no out-of-pocket costs.

However, there is another side to this coin, most treatment centers cost from $10,000 to $60,000, although this number varies based on the level of care. Because of this, there is an extra incentive for them to keep beds full.

I am a Heroin addict in recovery, and I have been to in-patient treatment 3 separate times, one of which was a referral. In my case, I was referred by a friend to a very good treatment center that helped me get back on track.

That friend received a referral commission for connecting me with the treatment center, although I am not sure how much. In my case, it helped me out, but this same scenario is happening all over America and in some situations it is being abused.

In some areas such as south Florida, where there is a large recovery community in cities such as Del-ray Beach and Pompano, scandals have been busted wide open where people were coaxing addicts into detoxes and rehabs, in order to earn a share of the commissions.

The reason I have written this article is to inform those seeking treatment, or those interested in the addiction industry about the risks they face when finding treatment.
There is nothing wrong with getting a referral fee for connecting someone with lifesaving drug treatment.

However, in such as sensitive and serious issue as finding the best chance at recovering from heroin addiction, there can’t be any mistakes.

If it happens to be a payday for somebody else, and not actual advice, then it can hurt an addict’s chance at getting real help. If you follow addiction stories on social media, and social media accounts for rehabs, you will be bombarded with advertisements for treatment centers.

They are advertising these just like any business, but I feel that the general public is still very unaware when it comes to this industry.

I have written this article, and am sharing my knowledge to inform the public about the risks they may face when trying to get help for themselves or a family member that is addicted.

The main method I see on Facebook that I want people to be aware of is the way some of these accounts post articles that seem genuine, but are really just basic information that everybody knows.

I see that they are posting many articles, that are really designed to get clicks to their referral program. Anybody can spot these because before you even read the article, you will be prompted to enter your information and see if you qualify for treatment.

This could end up saving someone’s life if the right person finds that article and gets the right help. However, I feel that it is a shady marketing tactic to use when dealing with something as serious as somebody’s life

One thing to be aware of is that not all addictions require the same treatment. I am not saying that someone should take addiction lightly, but a 10-year heroin junkie does not need the same level of treatment as a teenage pot smoker.

I witnessed many cases where someone who had just gotten out of rehab less than a month or 2 ago was being referred back to the same rehab again, sometimes not for the 2nd time!

What I witnessed was that some of the people getting these referral fees were also looked up to, and their advice was seen as trustworthy. Most of the people following this man’s advice had no idea that he was going to be getting a commission for sending them back to rehab.

One reason I think this is such an important issue is because in some cases, insurance won’t cover these rehab visits. Many parents have ended up spending a year’s salary on rehab stays, even though it is lifesaving treatment in many cases.

The point I would like to make with this article is that, with such a costly and crucial issue as treatment for addiction, there needs to be more awareness and oversight into the way these rehabs are marketed.

I hope that anyone reading this article has become a little bit more informed on exactly what to expect when trying to find treatment. I am not saying you should not accept a referral to a rehab center, because in most cases it is better to have a trusted source refer you as opposed to ending up at a random facility.

However, if there is one thing you can take from this, don’t trust everyone in the treatment industry just because they say they are here to help. In most cases they are, but many workers in these referral programs are out to line their own pockets.

Be aware, and be safe. If you are suffering from addiction there is help out there, and I have many channels through which I am sharing my experience and information.