Rehabilitation centers are where struggling addicts turn to for care. It’s what parents count on when getting their children the help they need with substance abuse and is where long-term drug abusers get specialized treatment. Last year alone, in Palm Beach County, there were over 4,600 overdose deaths (a number that has quadrupled in that last 4 years alone). Struggling addicts attend rehab to achieve sobriety, and, to learn life skills that can help them to become a contributing and active member of society post-treatment.
In essence, Florida rehab centers, as centers in all states, are supposed to provide the support, treatment, and counseling needed to help their patients with overthrowing addiction.
Nowadays we hear a lot of talk about political corruption in our country. It has become the norm to hear of such talk (politically) but when it comes to the field of medical care, health, medicine, and/or addiction recovery treatment(s), corruption is the last thought that would come to mind.
Little did we know, such corruption has taken place within an industry that’s supposed to be changing lives for the better, not for the worst. A recently emerged story has helped the community to gain perspective on what may really be occurring at rehab centers. This Detox of South Florida analysis report is going to uncover the shocking details of a recent story about a young lady named Jaime Holley; the 19-year-old daughter of Michelle Holley.
Michelle, having knowledge of her daughter’s heroin addiction, sent Holley to rehab at The Reflections Treatment center. Little did Michelle know, the decision to get her daughter the help she needed would soon turn in to a nightmare; a devastating, unfolding of events that would eventually claim the life of Michelle (rather than save it).
The thought of deceptive personal and business practices taking place at a rehab center is saddening. Rehabilitation centers are places of hope; a place for a second chance at being able to lead a purposeful and fulfilling drug-free way of living.
This story begins with a lady named Michelle Holley, a concerned mother seeking treatment for her heroin-addicted daughter. After considering the treatment options Michelle came across The Reflections treatment center; a rehab center that Michelle believed would be perfect for her daughter’s recovery needs.
Unfortunately, the owner of The Reflections treatment center was more concerned with defrauding the insurance companies that were covering the cost of treatment for his patients. Sadly, after reviewing the recent situation with Jaime (the 19-year-old recovering addict that attended The Reflections), it’s apparent that the owner of the recovery facility is most focused on ensuring his patients maintain their dependency so treatment, and, billing to the insurance companies, can continue on. Presumably, it’s safe to say his mentality is that it’s more profitable to treat someone over a prolonged period of time rather than to treat them in a short time span.
This raises concerns to the community as it’s difficult to gauge how severe, or rather, how often such practices at rehab centers are taking place.
What occurred at The Reflections recovery center is worrying. When Jaime Holley was dismissed from the recovery center, the center “refused” to provide her with a symptom-management, prescription medication that she was supposed to be taking. By not having this medication, Jaime was forced to endure severe withdrawal symptoms and urges that otherwise would’ve been alleviated (if the rehab center would’ve given her the medicine she was “supposed” to have).
It has been determined that the center, in an effort to ensure that patient return for additional post-treatment relapse-prevention sessions (all of which would be billable to the insurance providers) the medicine was kept at the center and not properly dispensed to Jaime. Knowing she’d be forced to face withdrawals without her medicine, the center’s owner withheld the medication knowing that she would end up seeking the drug of choice.
A relapse means the recovering addict will need additional treatment(s) which will most certainly cost the insurance company much more money (putting more funds in the pockets of rehabs that participate in such a horrible scam). Rather than treating Jaime, they promoted her addiction; the very one she was there to treat.
Drug addiction is destroying families across the country. However, in recent news, South Florida rehab centers have been in the spotlight for insurance fraud and malicious business practices. Palm Beach County seems to rely on a vicious and lethal cycle of intentional failure (one of the reasons the number of overdoses in Palm Beach annually is so high).
Unfortunately, some of the rehabs seem to be focused on keeping patients within the “treatment” and “relapse” system until treatment can no longer be provided (until the patient is dead). This is why it’s important to do some heave due-diligence on a Florida rehab center prior to sending yourself or loved one for treatment.
Rehab centers promise hope; a second chance to live a prosperous and abstinent life full of purpose and meaning. Many centers also assure that life skill workshops and therapies will also be provided to ensure recovering addicts experience a holistic recovery. But with such saddening news spreading about rehabilitation centers how do you know which is safe?
First, we strongly recommend that you check for reviews online for the center. Check their social profiles, background info, and any other online data that you can find about the center. Reviewing the center’s feedback/reviews will help you in your initiative to find a center that can accommodate your recovery needs.
Overcoming addiction usually involves the intervention of not only the treatment and addiction specialists at rehab centers but also includes the help of prescription medication, withdrawal management plans, group meetings/counseling, and “sober living” where those combating addiction can reside together in a safe, monitored, and drug-free environment. In Palm Beach County Florida alone, addiction recovery treatment is a $1 billion per year business.
Compared to all other states Florida has the most sober homes per capita as the opioid crisis in the region is one of the worst ever seen.
In the end, you should be careful when select either a drug or alcohol rehab center as some may not be what they seem to be. Do your research on the center, check on their prior patient success rates and ALWAYS check reviews of other patients that have attended the center.
Dr. Vikram Tarugu, M.D, is the CEO of Detox of South Florida, Inc and medical professional focused on addiction. A veteran in the medical field with over 25 years of professional experience. He is a consultant for many South Florida Rehab centers. Patients travel from allover the US to seek his help with addiction and Hepatitis C treatment.
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