Corruption and abuse in the substance abuse treatment center industry is on the rise.

Many substance abuse treatment centers are taking advantage of individuals and families who need help during crises. Because of federal loopholes and little regulation, some drug treatment centers bill insurance companies for millions of dollars’ worth of counseling and drug testing without helping those struggling with addiction to recover.

And while many good drug rehab facilities exist, individuals and families need guidance on what to look for and questions to ask before someone seeks treatment for drug abuse.

  • Be aware of generic websites or advertisements. The goal of these advertisements is collecting personal information without disclosing their identities.
  • If a treatment facility offers to pay out-of-state travel or waive payments, it may indicate fraudulent billing practices are underway. Look for a fully-licensed and accredited facility.
  • Ask if the person you’ve contacted receives fees for referrals to the facility. If so, it could mean he or she is a broker who is paid to get you into a particular treatment center, no matter the quality of care.
  • You want to ask key questions when contacting a treatment center. Find out if the facility is in network and whether the program is licensed by the state in which it is located and accredited by a reputable accreditation agency, such as CARF or the Joint Commission.

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