Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment--and How to Get Help That Works

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An essential guide to finding the right recovery program from the New York Times–bestselling author of Sober for Good

Drawing on extensive research, including visits to fifteen addiction treatment programs and interviews with more than two hundred clients and professionals in the field, trusted health and medical writer Anne M. Fletcher offers indispensable advice for people seeking quality care for themselves or a loved one. She reveals the ways in which our addiction treatment...

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An essential guide to finding the right recovery program from the New York Times–bestselling author of Sober for Good

Drawing on extensive research, including visits to fifteen addiction treatment programs and interviews with more than two hundred clients and professionals in the field, trusted health and medical writer Anne M. Fletcher offers indispensable advice for people seeking quality care for themselves or a loved one. She reveals the ways in which our addiction treatment industry is broken, highlights what is working, and shares insights about how the experience could be more effective. Fletcher sheds light on the science-based practices that should form the basis of treatment, spotlights programs and professionals using those practices, and provides a much-needed guide to different types of treatment and finding quality care when it’s needed.

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“Eye-opening... Ms. Fletcher’s book, replete with the experiences of treated addicts, offers myriad suggestions to help patients find addiction treatments with the highest probability of success.”
–Jane Brody, The New York Times
“The information and perspective Fletcher provides are indispensable. Anyone in the unfortunately position of needing her advice on how to find the best addiction treatment will find this book invaluable, but the rest of us have a lot to learn from it as well.”
Inside Rehab is an invaluable addition to addiction literature. It is fascinating, insightful, and unafraid to upset the establishment. And Anne Fletcher is a measured, detailed, and insightful reporter. Her book is also a great tool for any family struggling with an addicted loved one. Getting sober is hard. Staying sober is hard. Having more options to get clean just might mean that more people do so.”
The New Republic
“Fletcher presents what works, why, where to find it, and how much it costs. It’s startling, difficult, and important information for those traveling toward recovery, and anyone who wants to help.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fletcher’s book has much to recommend it as a layperson’s guide to the way substance abuse is treated in the United States and how this treatment can be improved." –Health Affairs 
“Fletcher... provides answers to fundamental questions: How much does it cost? How long does it last? What do people actually do there? Inside Rehab is a valuable road map for navigating the multiple pathways and programs dealing with the problem of substance abuse.”
            –Booklist (starred review)
“An extensive, critical overview of modern treatment methods for substance abuse. A valuable guide for individuals seeking help and for their families, as well as for policymakers.” –Kirkus
“With the degree of addiction in this country, cutting across all communities, this book looks to be an important purchase.”
Library Journal
“Like her stunning Sober for Good, Inside Rehab is a transformational read that distinguishes myth from reality in the murky and uncertain world of addiction treatment. This isn’t just a useful guide to addiction treatment, Inside Rehab is landmark: it is a brave, bold and paradigm-shifting contribution to the literature. Inside Rehab is a must read for anyone with a stake in addiction treatment.”
            –Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance (A Harvard Medical School Teaching Affiliate); Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
“This is an extraordinary book. I know of nothing like it. Objective, informative and extraordinary detailed, this book tells the truth about how addiction treatment measures up to modern science and medicine and how you can find a quality addiction treatment program.”
            –David C. Lewis, MD, Founder, Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
“The stigma, desperation, and fear that accompany addiction are so often exacerbated by our ignorance of where to turn for help, what to expect, and what to ask. No longer. This long overdue resource informs and empowers suffering individuals and families to know what effective treatment should look like, to ask the right questions, and ultimately, to obtain the quality care they deserve.”
–John F. Kelly, Ph.D. President, Society of Addiction Psychology, American Psychological Association; Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, ARMS Program, Mass. General Hospital
“What a great book – so needed and timely! If you’re asking yourself, ‘What should I do?’ for yourself or for a loved one struggling with an addiction, you should read this book. Combining personal stories with in-depth research, Anne Fletcher offers you invaluable inside information about the currently available treatment options. As a professional who has long worked in this field, I learned some useful things that I know I will return to.”
            –F. Michler Bishop, Ph.D., CAS, Director, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, The Albert Ellis Institute
“Finally, a book that takes an inside look at  addiction treatment by blending an investigative-reporter feel with research-minded rigor—invaluable for patients, policy makers, service providers and program administrators.  It also offers a fresh perspective on the complexities of treating a person suffering from chronic addiction.  To accomplish this with such empathy toward the predicament faced by patients and treatment providers is a real achievement.”
            –Ken C. Winters, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School
“[Inside Rehab] is carefully researched, draws upon considerable expert opinion and research data, and communicates with compassion, ideas about how to navigate this unnecessarily complex field.”
–Mark P. McGovern, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Community & Family Medicine, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
“Fletcher has written one of the most important clinical books in the past decade. Before spending a dime on rehab, for yourself or a loved one, read this book! Her work may do more to help people get and stay sober than millions spent in high dollar rehab facilities.”
–David Ley, Ph.D., author of The Myth of Sex Addiction
“This is the definitive guide to effective rehab – not only a cogent and highly informative summary of what good rehab should look like, but also a bird’s-eye view of what it’s like to get good and bad treatment. Finally, consumers will have a way to know how best to help themselves or their family members.”
            –Michael V. Pantalon, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine & CEO of the Center for Progressive Recovery

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143124368
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/31/2013
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 264,847
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne M. Fletcher is a nationally known health and medical writer and the author of seven books, including the national bestsellers Thin for Life, Eating Thin for Life, and Sober for Good. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, Readers Digest, and many other publications. Among her many prestigious awards, she has received numerous National Health Information Awards. She lives in Minnesota. Visit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

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    Inside Rehab finally explodes the mythology of the effectiveness

    Inside Rehab finally explodes the mythology of the effectiveness of traditional AA/12 Step based rehab, an industry that has also been called the most successful con game of the 20th Century - one that has continued despite all of the research that shows that many far better options exist. Many of the obvious problems are also covered - the lack of trained staff (para-professional CD Counselors need do little more than have a GED and pass a test on AA), the profit driven motives, including those operating as non-profits, of owners who design programs to insure client failure, and the fact that well trained professionals, for the most part, want nothing to do with either treatment or the individuals seeking help.

    Inside Rehab also includes a check list of questions that potential clients will want to ask and that the vast majority of treatment centers will either refuse to answer or will simply lie. As has been the case for over 50 years, buyers need to be extremely aware of the exploitation of clients. Unhappily, this awareness comes at a time in most potential clients lives are in crisis and they are ill equipped to make good, reasoned, researched choices and when they are easily swayed by the industry mythology that has pervaded the culture and brainwashed nearly all of us.

    But if you want help, or to help yourself, by the book and begin to uinderstand what you may be letting yourself in for, what actually works, and who to turn to when you decide not to go it alone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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