WERNERSVILLE, Pa., Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As Americans continue to struggle with the growing addiction crisis, some unethical treatment centers are taking advantage of individuals and families in crisis. To combat this issue, Caron Treatment Centers, a leading not-for-profit provider of addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment with 60 years in the field, introduces the Patient’s Bill of Rights for Addiction Treatment, an initiative intended to guide addiction treatment providers and legislators throughout the country on the needs of patients and families and the importance of providing patient-centric, quality care for long-term recovery. The Patient’s Bill of Rights also defines the basic requirements for quality treatment for individuals and families seeking help for addiction.
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Addiction is a disease known as substance use disorder that affects one in three families in the United States. It is estimated that the final 2017 death toll for addiction will exceed more than 64,000 drug overdoses plus approximately 88,000 alcohol use-related deaths. This growing addiction epidemic has touched off a “gold rush” for treatment providers looking to profit from those seeking treatment with more than $36 billion spent on substance use disorder treatment in 2017 alone. However, not all providers use ethical business practices for marketing and billing, nor can they deliver quality treatment to individuals and families. Because regulations vary from state to state and, until recently, there were not many sector-wide standards, patients and families have been left without real guideposts to find help.
“Families in crisis are often overwhelmed by what lies ahead of them,” said Doug Tieman, President and CEO of Caron Treatment Centers. “With any other life-threatening chronic disease, patients can talk to their doctors, get appropriate referrals, get second opinions. Because of the shame and stigma associated with addiction, as well as an overall lack of awareness by the healthcare community about the disease, patients seeking help for addiction are left to find help on their own. This void creates a climate where predatory practices are allowed to flourish and can compromise not only an individual’s recovery, but also his or her life. Our goal in creating the Patient’s Bill of Rights is to champion that people with addiction have a right to effective, ethical care focused on