National Screenings of Documentary Indicate Burgeoning Questions about the Effectiveness of Addiction Treatment Facilities

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The Business of Recovery explores the reasons why regulation, education and science are needed in the addiction treatment industry and the national response to it shows that many families and communities also want answers.

The Business of Recovery

Following becoming the Official Selection of both the 2015 Newport Beach and Phoenix film festivals, buzz began to generate about its potential to shake up the addiction treatment industry.

The film is being well-received by vulnerable families that have seen their wallets drained by unethical recovery centers.

In the addiction treatment industry, some patients go through a revolving door, going in to get help, leaving weeks or months later, relapsing and returning again, all at great cost to them and their families. Others have died by overdose or accidents under the influence while in sober living homes or soon after leaving facilities who claim to have given addicts tools to overcome their deadly vortex. This occurrence raises questions of the effectiveness of treatment in facilities, why sober living homes fail to be a safe haven for addicts, and why addicts often are under the care of those who ultimately are not qualified to help them.

The Business of Recovery explores the reasons why regulation, education and science are needed in the addiction treatment industry and the national response to it shows that many families and communities also want answers. This is apparent in the growing demand for screenings of the documentary in communities across the U.S.

Following becoming the Official Selection of both the 2015 Newport Beach and Phoenix film festivals, buzz began to generate about its potential to shake up the addiction treatment industry. With its unique insider access to internationally recognized treatment facilities and first hand stories from addicts and their families, the film brings forth blood boiling details about the lack of qualifications of staff that oversee and treat addicts, the exorbitant costs of treatment, and the diminished confidence in 12-step as an effective treatment for addiction.

The film is being well-received by vulnerable families that have seen their wallets drained by unethical recovery centers, those who have lost loved ones to overdose while in sober living homes, neighborhoods who fear having the homes or recovering addicts too close for comfort, and treatment professionals that want to see things done better. These people are primarily the ones sponsoring the film’s screenings, which to date have been booked in ten locations across the U.S. including California, Nevada, New York, Massachusetts and Ohio. The film has created a clamor on social media, is being sought out by journalists, and has become a reason for concerned citizens to organize and take action, starting with a Change.org petition for the federal government to regulate sober living homes.

The timing of the first screening in Costa Mesa, CA on Sunday, August 30th comes just in time for September’s National Recovery Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s sponsored campaign to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrate the people who recover. The film is eye opening and helps the general public understand the struggles that torture addicts and their families. It has the express mission to be a catalyst that stirs reform within the treatment industry, bringing about better treatment and in turn better recovery.

At this time The Business of Recovery can only be seen at privately sponsored screenings. The Costa Mesa showing will be held at 2 p.m. on August 30, 2015 at Triangle Cinemas at 1870 Harbor Blvd. For advanced ticket purchases, locations and screening times, please visit thebusinessofrecovery.com

About The Business of Recovery

As drug and alcohol addictions skyrocket, The Business of Recovery examines the untold billions that are being made off of families in crisis. With little regulation or science, the treatment industry has become a cash cow business that continues to grow while the addiction death rates continue to rise. Through unique access to internationally recognized treatment facilities, as well as emotional stories of addicts and their families, the film reveals how the treatment industry in the United States preys on addicts with little more than promises of hope and a huge bill.

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Greg Horvath
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