In response to the other reviews I will say this about LVRC: despite its moderate success with Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia and the pain program for chronic pain patients, it uses questionable practices to get, at best, obfuscated results.
While its true that LVRC and Dr. are both very accredited, lets be honest about what that means. An example of \"accredited\": Best Doctors, a vanity club, is an organization that hands out awards for doctors who obtain favorable reviews from friends and then pays a fee for a Lucite-bound \"award.\"
As far as ABAM goes, if you are a doctor and a drug addict, fill out some forms, take a test, and then you\'re in. That says it all about Dr.
I was a patient there, I\'m a physician myself, and a good friend of an employee who recommended it. That being said I found the place deplorable in many ways. Rehab clinics post few if any long term results because there aren’t any. Rehab is mostly a placebo effect, and by that I mean they try very hard to brainwash a patient from the very beginning with employee \"testimonials\" which are biased and self-serving––in governments around the world its called “propaganda.”
I went to LVRC on my own accord to detox safely and treat my Hyperalgesia, Fibromyalgia, and acute Temoromandibular disorder. What I received, after the appropriate and acceptable chemical detox program, was highly mysterious attempted spirituality reprogramming in place of treatment. Not exactly the Mayo Clinic, not exactly a health spa, more of quack-peddlers dream.
I did find the nursing staff to be well-informed, disciplined, and professional, even to us medical professional patients. They are to be congratulated.
The non-medical staff hammers on with 12 step slogans and assertions that the patient will die, yes, DIE, if they don’t believe in concepts of higher powers and spiritual peer meetings outside the facility...
Yet the 12 steps and NA/AA meetings are just cheap and easy for them to substitute for real, scientific-based treatment, of which I found none. (No evidence exists of the efficacy of 12 step programs.) That’s what all rehab clinics do according to Dr. at NIDA, National Institute of Health, in Wash. DC. She is the premier researcher on addiction in America. I questioned her at length and she was highly skeptical of rehab as a whole. They are all the same. She suggested I interview other doctors there at NIH.
My findings to date:
The reason that so many medical organizations accredit rehab centers is because of the Mental Health Bill that was put in action. Basically, the US Government grants rehab clinics taxpayer money, and most doctors at NIH won’t come out against rehab clinics because that would be attacking the hand that feeds them. NIH receives money under that bill and criticizing it would be unbeneficial. This is direct from three doctors I asked at NIH, but none would go on record and I fully understand why. But rehab clinics know this only too well.
Its no wonder the Internet at LVRC is tightly controlled and edited for content and website accessibility.
Addiction Patients by and large recover on their own says the Harvard Medical Letter on addiction. But rehab clinics claim they are responsible only. Those that don’t recover like Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen and just ordinary citizens are given the blame by society, not the ineffective and expensive treatment facilities. Most families research buying a new car more than a rehab clinic for their loved ones said an article in the Washington Post. I believe that. There is a very well researched book entitled “Inside Rehab”, its well worth reading.