Inside Rehab by Anne M. Fletcher

Inside Rehab

What happens inside drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and how rehab works are a mystery to those outside the industry – and sometimes even to those inside it.Anne M. Fletcher is a trusted New York Times bestselling health and medical writer who visited 15 addiction treatment centers—from outpatient programs for the indigent to famous celebrity rehabs; from the sites of renowned Twelve-Step centers to several unconventional programs—to...

Details Inside Rehab

TitleInside Rehab
Release DateFeb 7th, 2013
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Science, Self Help

Reviews Inside Rehab

  • Caroline
    I read this book because I had been following the blog of someone who is in rehab. He was intensely critical of the attitudes and practises he found there. I became curious as to how much of his anger was justified, and how much might just be due to his own rather unorthodox views. Having now read this book, I think his criticisms (& there were many of them), are probably valid.My heart goes out to anyone who feels they need rehab, or is in posit...
  • Jordan
    I’ve rabbit-eared so many pages in this library book that it would take hours to write a fitting review!!! This book is nothing short of required reading for any beginning therapist looking to understand how substance abuse treatment works well, works poorly and what its future looks like.Begin by following the money:Fletcher offers an alternative to 28 inpatient therapy:28 days at a nice hotel ($150/night), weekly therapy with a psychologist/p...
  • Amy Marflak
    I wish I would have read this book about 5 years ago. My son was an addict, technically, he will always be battling his addictions. As a mother I thought I was doing the right thing by sending him to a rehab. I had no choice because I was at the mercy of the insurance company unless I wanted a rather large bill. This book was certainly an eye opener for me. Even though I was never the addict, I could relate to so much of the book and the people A...
  • victor harris
    The most thorough and scholarly analysis of the " treatment" industry I have read. Valuable for parents who may have adolescents who struggle with alcohol or drug abuse issues. Walks you through the questions to ask before committing a young person to treatment. Warns of the possible pitfalls, unethical conduct, and the counterproductive " one size fits all", 12-step form of treatment and recovery many rehabs use.
  • Maureen
    I have hesitated months writing this review because I learned a lot and recommend that you read it, but I didn't like the book. I think this book could have been an excellent magazine article. The author's references and checklists are well done and useful. I learned about different addictions and the horrible business of rehab. Unfortunately, I think the book-length gave the author too much latitude with her opinion, and that is the main gripe I...
    This is a very scaring book, specially if you are a professional and you can imagine how devastating can be the results of some of this "so called treatment". It was also very interesting but still some of the things that were written here, I suppose are really wholly comprehend by people that really know what is it all about.Questo libro mi ha spaventato, specialmente perchè come professionista posso immaginare facilmente quanto possono essere ...
  • Rachelle
    If you or someone you care about needs help with alcohol or other drugs, this book will help you understand the treatment options. Key messages are:- most treatment is conducted in group therapy or group-based self help, but many people benefit more from one-on-one psychotherapy- treatments are not sufficiently individualized - everyone gets the same- not everyone needs residential rehab; outpatient treatment is often more effective- most rehabs ...
  • Lynn
    Having worked in the chemical field for 12years, always as outsider, I was skeptical, wondering if the author drank the kool aid. Anne M. Fletcher did not! The field desperately needs reforms and Fletcher's book kick starts the public's awareness that the Emperor is wearing no clothes. She lays out exact blueprints for anyone considering treatment and their families. She is just as precise in letting the chemical dependency industry know exactly ...
  • Rosemary
    Great! I work in a rehab facility and this author has done all the work I would think of doing to get information about what is presently going on in rehab and what contributes to success. Took a while to read it, only because I devoured every page. An excellent resource for anyone working in the addiction field.
  • Librarymary
    Well, the author did a lot of research and what she found in regard to treatment options outside of the standard 12 step stuff is very valuable. I couldn't help noticing an anti-12 step attitude. It is a worthwhile, possibly should be mandatory, read for folks in the addiction recovery field. It is full of good info for family and friends of addicted individuals.
  • Dervin166
    Exceptional book about the too caught-in-the-past rehab industry. A worthy follow-up to Fletcher's "Sober For Good". With any luck, this book will start a much needed discussion on how rehab services are delivered. If I have one complaint, it's that Fletcher doesn't hit hard enough at the ancient 12-Step mentality found in the industry. Kudos for her chapter on teens in rehab!
  • Stephanie
    An interesting, and at times appalling, look at what drug rehab is actually like. The lack of support for some patients, especially if they don't fit well with a 12 step program, is aggravating, especially given the cost of some programs.
  • Keri
    Good information, but pretty repetitive. I felt like this information could have been effectively covered in 200 pages instead of 400.
  • Monica Willyard Moen
    This is a long, fairly discouraging, very detailed description of what it’s like to receive treatment for alcohol or drug addiction in a rehab facility. The author documents types of treatments offered by these centers and interviews a wide range of current and former patients about their experiences. Since the majority of facilities use the 12 step model for treatment of addiction, she spends a fairly large portion of the book discussing its s...
  • Melissa
    This is an insightful investigation into the substance abuse rehab industry that provides a lot of food for thought. It was disheartening to read about the extraordinarily high amounts that rehab facilities charge their desperate patients for relatively little value, especially since they are not paying their treatment counselors well. The author's answer is to get private insurance to pay for more of it, but I wonder if a better solution would b...
  • seth
    this book taught me so much about the rehab industry and the ways it exploits people with addictions/their families. however, lots of her sources were based around a the perspective of one expert and i would have loved to see more of the other side. i have been sober for 3.5 years and i have lots of friends who have been victims to the rehab cycle in exactly the way she describes so it is definitely real and heartbreaking. necessary work and rese...
  • Ms. Widule
    I vacillated between liking and disliking this book. At it's best, it exposes the hearsay and psuedo-science underlying addiction treatment. At it's worst, it reads like a consumer report review about what type of addition treatment program to choose -- missing only the crash test dummies.
  • Meghan Pinson
    If you are even remotely inclined to read this, do.
  • Zev
    I wrote a review on my DreamWidth of this book that I'm still deciding whether or not to put on here. Serious flaws in this book: Fletcher insists that the addiction I have is fake. She also dismisses codependency completely, and quotes doctors who do the same.
  • Dana
    This book would be perfect for anyone who wants to understand if they should seek residential care, and if so, what they should look for in a rehab for themselves or their loved ones. The book gives excellent suggestions about things you should ask and provides well researched information about what types of treatments and treatment modalities rehabs should have. This book may also be interesting to you if you work in a rehab and want to evaluate...
  • Anna
    This book promises OMG SHOCKING revelations of what really goes on in rehab, and it doesn't deliver. Really, a lot of rehabs don't use evidence-based treatments? And rely on the 12 steps too much? And mainly use group counseling? Yeah, this isn't surprising to anyone with an internet connection and a brain. But then again, maybe I'm asking too much of someone whose other book is Thin for Life: 10 Keys to Success from People Who Have Lost Weight a...
  • Liralen
    Moderately interesting but ultimately not-for-me look at rehab in the United States -- what's most common, what works, what doesn't work. The author's clearly done her research, but I think I was hoping for something a little less research-based and more...journalistic, I suppose. It also felt rather as though, past a certain point, new ideas weren't being introduced -- heavy repetition of 'AA doesn't have scientific backing; ask lots of question...
  • Anthony Faber
    A disturbing book. We're spending a lot of time, effort and money because a lot of treatment isn't up to snuff or not suited to the patient. I know that atheists have complained (and filed lawsuits) about twelve step based programs and there's an extreme reluctance on the part of the industry to use other approaches, even though it's clear that AA doesn't work for everybody. It's kind of like what happened with me as a toddler. The baby books sai...
  • Bryan
    I am completely naive in regards to the substance abuse/dependence realm as I'm sure is most of American society. and after reading this book, even those in the substance dependence and addiction field are not as informed as would be desired. the author went into great detail describing the world of addiction treatment. She seemingly leaves no stone unturned with a litany of research and interviews of both helping professionals and participants i...
  • Jeff
    Fantastic book that explores not only the difficulties of addiction treatment, but allows people who are interested in academic fields related to addiction treatment (i.e. current students) a road map towards success. Being a Social Science major looking forward to my Masters program in Social Work Anne Fletcher's writing has opened the door for me to pursue an additional certificate in addictive studies due to the overwhelming evidence presented...
  • Pete Dematteo
    Fletcher is to be praised in that she clearly exemplifies that 12 Step programs aren't for everyone. In certain instances, they can make the situation worse. Also, rehab is an option for most, as opposed to a necessity. We learn from Fletcher that these places are, at best, to be investigated with complete objectivity, if at all possible, and cautious optimism as best, regardless of their 'prominence' or pricing.
  • Kerry
    This book is essentially a very long Good Housekeeping article - a mix of interviews with "experts," blind quotes from "real people," and service-y sidebars. The author isn't a particularly savvy reporter, and her numerous editorial asides reveal her to be painfully ignorant about some aspects of mental health. Overall, "Inside Rehab" raises a number of important questions, but settles for mostly superficial answers.
  • Diane C.
    This and Gabor Mate's "In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts" shoud be read by anyone with a loved one or friend with addiction issues. There are as many ways for people to recover as there are individuals and the 12-step-and-resident-rehab-only model should be presented as what it is...........great for some but not all.This is an amazing book.
  • Dy-an
    Let's hope I never have to pay for rehab because that sh!$ will bankrupt a person and might not work anyway. The system is totally screwed (not surprising). Those two facts are all this book offers and a lot of conflicting accounts of recovery.