When an addict makes the brave decision to begin searching for a treatment center, there are several steps they should follow to select an ethical program. While time is critical in this situation due to the vulnerability and heavy emotions an addict may be experiencing, there’s still time to do your research.
There are several unethical occurrences that happen in recovery programs. Here are a few to watch out for:
Although illegal, patient brokering or using third parties to refer patients for profit, does occur within recovery programs. There are many states that legally deem patient brokering as unethical; however, many third-party companies are still compensated for referring a pre-qualified patient to a recovery center. These businesses can garner up to $7,000 per patient referral.
Some facilities participate in unethical practices regarding patient drug testing. It is not unheard of for these facilities to charge thousands of dollars to unsuspecting patients for a drug test that merely costs $10. In some cases, programs have also been caught attempting to persuade patients to remain in treatment longer than needed.
This incentivizing of vulnerable patients to keep billing their insurance is not only destructive but may cause future problems in the addict’s ability to maintain their recovery.
How to Choose
There are several steps you can take to prevent yourself from falling for predatory recovery centers:
- Research centers with strong ethical procedures
- Realize no reputable recovery center offers discounts or insurance promises
- Understand ethical centers will also employ ethical marketing tactics
Researching ethical recovery centers specific to your personal needs will help if you are suffering from an addiction. Speaking with a professional will provide the right course of treatment that will lead you on the road to recovery.
We have additional information for choosing the right treatment center and what to look out for on our website.
Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment in Tampa since 1987.