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04/12/2016 - The Daily Courier

Surrender to Win film fest inspires conversation on facets of recovery

PRESCOTT – The inaugural “Surrender to Win” festival opened the weekend with a provocative film about the business of treating addiction followed by a panel debate with community professionals about the recovery movement in this community.

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09/14/2015 - The Orange County Register

Documentary looks at profits in addiction rehab industry

The vast majority of addiction treatment is based either partially or entirely on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but is there scientific evidence to support AA as a clinical treatment? Should addiction treatment centers make enormous profits by simply funneling substance abusers into the free fellowship of AA?

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08/31/2015 - Huffington Post

The Business of Recovery: A Documentary Film

A promotion for snake oil? For a destination resort? Not exactly. That's what families often read when they go online, frightened and desperate that a loved one with an addiction may die unless they are treated and get better. That's what those in the throes of an addiction read as well, and the seduction can be alluring.

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05/11/2015 - Truthout

"The Business of Recovery": Putting Profits Over People Hurts Public Health

Whether a loved one is hooked on alcohol, barbiturates, heroin or crystal meth, the film presents addiction "specialists" as marketing a one-size-fits-all solution: the idea that 30, 60 or even 100 days away, coupled with attending 12-step meetings morning, noon and night, is all that is needed to cure their addicted friend or family member. Of course, some people do get and stay clean after attending an in-patient program, but as the many medical experts and researchers interviewed in The Business of Recovery attest, the vast majority - upward of 90 percent - do not, relapsing at some point in their sobriety.

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05/02/2015 - The Daily Beast

The Billion-Dollar Rehab Racket That Drains Family Savings

Until a few years ago, Greg Horvath was making around $30,000 a month as an interventionist, confronting people with drug and alcohol problems and persuading them to go to high-priced rehabs. But as he was becoming wealthier, he says, the people he was purportedly helping rarely kicked their habits, despite repeated stays at some of the best-known facilities in the U.S.

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05/02/2015 - Practical Recovery

A Review: The Business of Recovery

Like most people, you may be under the impression that addiction treatment is a life-saving, highly ethical enterprise, with services provided by highly trained professionals. You might also think these professionals utilize addiction treatment methods based on the latest scientific research and hold themselves accountable to the highest standards. If so, you will likely have a very different perspective after you see this film.

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04/27/2015 - Forbes

Inside The $35 Billion Addiction Treatment Industry

The vast majority of addiction treatment is based either partially or entirely on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), but is there scientific evidence to support AA as a clinical treatment? Should addiction treatment centers make enormous profits by simply funneling substance abusers into the free fellowship of AA?

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04/21/2015 - Behavioral Healthcare

New documentary assails questionable ethics in addiction treatment industry

An individual in long-term recovery who worked in the treatment field teamed up in 2011 with a filmmaker with no previous exposure to the subject of addiction to examine the practices of the treatment industry. The result of their work, a documentary that will have its official premiere April 26 at a film festival in California, paints an altogether unflattering picture, arguing that the nation's substance use problems have worsened at the same time as the field's revenues have soared.

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