While advertising itself as a picturesque healing oasis , in reality the counseling staff is condescending, and most of your time is spent being ushered around and shadowed by uneducated, poorly paid guards in matching shirts, assigned to perform counterproductive tasks like keeping grown males and females at three arms\'length from each other and ensuring we are in our beds by opening each bedroom door once an hour EVERY HOUR at night, despite a multitude of real time cameras which provide that information without the need to disturb and deprive us of full night\'s rest like we were an international flight risk fugitives.
Because of this, I only managed two hours of scrambled sleep a night.
The in-house \"treatment\" was reading from the 12 step \"big book\" and forcing people to give examples of just how how screwed up they are . People who\'d been there longer cautioned me to tell them what they wanted to hear, or they would make it very, very hard to leave (by manipulating parents , who were pocketing the cost, etc)
This was followed by mandatory 12 step community meetings which , again, only championed that same concept, YOU ARE BROKEN AND YOU ALWAYS WILL BE. What
A calculated yet simple way to break someone down even more, to ensure that they will forever self identify as addicts, thereby ensuring lifelong customers (what do addicts do? Relapse, rehab, repeat!)
There was no positive spin on this, no healing environment. It seems that, by dehumanizing us, by treating and shepherding us around exactly like criminals (forget yoga on the beach, forget acupuncture or massage, forget peaceful environment or anything printed in that glossy brochure or on website) they were strengthening their control and ensuring lifelong customers. Relapse , rehab, repeat. No thank you! RUN! That\'s what I did, with $8 in my pocket and the (corect) hunch that a maintenance program was the ticket, not a prison that sets out to break down your spirit while draining the accounts (and spirits!) Of your loved ones for years.