It’s almost hard to believe that anyone could be so low. But in recent years, shady marketers, patient brokers, and unethical treatment centers have been preying on vulnerable individuals with substance user disorders – and their innocent families – all in the name of making a buck.
With patients and their loved ones wondering who they can trust, the behavioral health industry has seen a rising emphasis on ethical practices.
Clean Path Behavioral Health is proud to have built a reputation for using ethical practices at every stage of a client’s journey.
Founded more than five years ago, we have always put the patient first, and have helped hundreds of people get on the road to recovery.
But what exactly does that look like, and what warning signs should you look out for when making your own decision to pursue recovery?
- Beware Broker Payments.
This should be a no-brainer, but look out for individuals who offer to pay you to go to a particular treatment facility.
In recent years, some “patient brokers” have charged facilities fees for placing patients — sometimes passing the money on to those checking in.
In the very worst cases, patient brokers might even incite someone in early sobriety to leave treatment, relapse, and enter another treatment facility just to get an additional fee.
Patient brokering is illegal – not to mention highly unethical – and can hurt vulnerable people seeking treatment. To protect yourself, research the facility you are considering to make sure it is legit. Testimonials from past clients, a comprehensive website, and calls with the staff members can help you make sure you’re on the right path.
- Stick with Certified.
Treatment facilities and sober livings have been popping up across the country in recent years, but not all of them are of the same quality. To make sure that the facility you are considering is among the best in its field, look for certifications and accreditations by national organizations.
For example, Clean Path Behavioral Health is recognized by the City of Costa Mesa and Orange County as a quality sober living provider. Our treatment programs are accredited by the Joint Commission. In addition, we are active members of the Sober Living Network, Orange County Sober Living Coalition, California Consortium of Addictions Programs and Professionals, and are probation approved.
- Get the Help You Need.
Above all, ethical treatment and sober living facilities like Clean Path Behavioral Health are focused on putting the patient first. Simply make a call, and you should be able to tell right away if the facility has your best interests at heart – or if they’re just out to make a buck. You should feel supported and assisted through every step of your consideration process, not pressured into making a rash decision.
The caring staff at Clean Path is standing by to help you begin your path to recovery – safely and ethically. Contact us today to learn more.