Other Ways to Steer Clear of Rehab Frauds
Whether you’re attending drug rehab in Colorado, New York City or Kalamazoo, it’s important to avoid scams. Rehabilitation is a key step in the recovery process. We want to make sure that you’re getting professional treatment and proper support.
Here are a few things you can do to research treatment centers:
Read BBB Reviews and Complaints
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps us to hold companies accountable for their practices. Drug and alcohol rehabs are businesses. We should be held accountable like any other company.
On the BBB’s website, you’ll find reviews from people who’ve attended certain rehab programs. All you have to do is type the name of the facility into the search bar. Typically, BBB reviewers leave criticisms when a program has treated them poorly. Searching a rehab center’s name on the BBB website will let you know if they have a bad reputation.
When speaking on the phone with representatives, ask them about their BBB ratings. If their answers don’t align with your own research, they could be trying to scam you.
Scour Yelp and Facebook
Most strong treatment facilities have a Facebook page. They use it to communicate with their alumni and to connect with addicts in need. Alumni use it to share their stories about the program. Oftentimes, you’ll see good and bad reviews on the page. By spending some time on their Facebook profile, you should be able to get a sense of how patients feel about the program.
Similarly, you can use Yelp to research programs. Former addicts leave rehab reviews on Yelp just as they would with restaurants or hotels. You can learn a lot about treatment facilities on Yelp and Facebook.
Watch Out for 3rd-Party Review Sites
There are a number of “rehab review” websites on the internet. Usually, these sites pop up when you Google the terms “drug rehab” or “alcohol rehab”. They feature long lists of treatment centers. They often contain user-submitted reviews of each program.
The problem with these sites is that some of them take payment for reviews. Programs can pay to have their site featured. They can also pay for good reviews. We can’t recommend that anyone chooses a treatment center by browsing these sites.
Go to AA or NA Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings are a great place to research rehabs. These meetings are filled with recovering addicts. Many of the addicts have been through alcohol detox, drug rehab, and other programs. They are eager to help addicts in need find help.
AA and NA are both free. Meetings are held every day. The community is warm and welcoming. It’s not hard to walk into a meeting and introduce yourself. Once you do that, you can ask for rehab recommendations.
Ask Other Trustworthy Addicts
If you’re intimidated by the 12-step programs, don’t worry. There are plenty of places where you can connect with other addicts. If you have any friends or relatives who’ve fought addiction, ask them for advice on rehab. They may know about good programs. If not, they might be able to connect you with someone who does.
Additionally, you may want to seek out recovery groups online. There are forums and Facebook groups where recovering addicts give each other support. The folks in those forums may be able to suggest a good program.