In my readings and research for this blog and for my own recovery, I have done A LOT of browsing on the internet about treatment and recovery. I have gone through literally thousands of web sites on addiction, and through hundreds of privately run web sites for drug or alcohol treatment centers; and although some are good and some are not, they share a universal and eternal reluctance to give you certain bits of information; information that you need when trying to make an appropriate decision on your treatment needs.
"Please, please, please, just tell me the price, for heavens sake, I need to get help, I don’t have time to waste calling every recovery hotline and dealing with the sales pitch at every center I have no hope of affording. I’m having a tough enough time here; am I asking too much?"
There are great treatment centers and there are those that only want you through the doors so as to start spending your admissions check…and not on therapies you need either. When someone makes a decision to get help, they need to get it fast; too many people with transient good motivations get discouraged before they even start from the extreme difficulties inherent in simply selecting an affordable and appropriate treatment center for their needs. They’re often not in a great shape to be making such an important decision, and they shouldn’t be forced to jump through quite so many hoops on their journey to help.
If you really care…
So here is my plea to all of you treatment center owners out there. Show us you’re one of the good guys, show us you care about our recovery as you claim on your website; don’t make us call your number for the most basic of information. If you really care about us, give us what we need to make a decision on treatment.
If we can afford you, and you offer comprehensive and professional treatment, We WILL call your number, we want to get help, that’s why we’re looking.
Please tell us:
How much is it…for real? What kinds of therapies you offer How many individual therapy sessions per week? How many to a room? What other types of programs do you offer in addition to therapy? What’s your success rate…don’t lie to us now! How long can we come back for aftercare? Can our family participate? What insurance companies you work with? Do you offer credit?What’s your philosophy of care? Give us the information we need. We’ve got to make a decision fast, there are hundreds of treatment centers available, and we don’t want to get so discouraged that we delay needed treatment. We understand that you run a business and you expect a profit; that’s fine, but since you’re in the business of helping people, start with a little compassion even before we sign up.