Picking Patients: Politics of Inpatient Drug Rehab Centers


If you’re researching inpatient drug rehab programs, you’ve probably started to see how ridiculously specialized centers get regarding their patient types. You can find inpatient drug rehab centers for artsy young-teen girls, boys who have been dropped from boarding schools, athletes, people over the age of 65, and attorneys. Clients pay a premium for such tailor-fit programs but how necessary is it to treat a teacher in a different capacity than a postal worker, a doctor from an attorney, or a police-person from a priest? By specifying that a program is for only one small subset of people, the inpatient drug rehab center has basically monopolized the market and fools people in need into believing that only that one specialized program can possibly address or understand all of their unique needs.

At the GRR we take a very different stance- we welcome all ages of adults (we do not have adolescent accreditation) who are motivated to recover. That’s it. Those are our general admission requirements. Our program doesn’t just work for dentists or judges or those in the entertainment business, it works for everyone. Why? Because our inpatient drug rehab program addresses the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual components to life-long recovery and these are imperative for people of all ages or professions. For the unique needs, for instance a nurse with easy access to opiates on a regular basis, the individual addresses them with his/her therapist(s) and makes concrete plans for how to handle special cases. While these “ultra-specialized” centers have only become popular in the last few years, our program has shown steady results for 22 years and continues to prove itself with the success of each of our clients.

If you’d like to receive an online “packet” about the GRR, email tiptonl@thegrr.com or call 843-283-8068


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