Sadly, in the wake of a natural disaster, it is not at all uncommon to see an increase in frauds and scams attempting to take advantage of the victims. It is, therefore, unsurprising that the opioid crisis and explosion of drug addiction in the United States has similarly led to the proliferation of treatment center scams.
The desperation for treatment felt by a substantial number of those suffering from substance addiction leaves this population uniquely vulnerable to fraud and abuse. Protect yourself and your loved ones by becoming familiar with some of the most common forms of treatment center scams:
Detoxification with further treatment: The process of detoxification, or “detox,” for short, is only one part of the overall addiction treatment process. Any treatment center that promises a cure for addiction through detox alone is likely a scam.
Treatment through herbal remedies: Herbal remedies may be effective at curing or ameliorating the symptoms of a variety of diseases and disorders, but there is no evidence to suggest that they work for the treatment of substance addiction.
Short treatment duration: Being told that an addiction can be treated and cured in two weeks or less may sound like a godsend, but treatment programs that last for a month or longer have been shown to be much more effective.
Guarantees of success: The nature of substance addiction is such that success cannot be guaranteed under any treatment program. Any treatment center offering such guarantees is likely a scam.
While it is important to treat addictions as early as possible, the process of choosing a treatment center should not be rushed. Take the time needed to find the right treatment center for your unique needs and circumstances.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a comprehensive treatment program that can help those at any stage of addiction. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our alcohol and drug treatment program today.