This week I reported that American Addiction Centers, one of the largest drug and alcohol rehabilitation companies in America, which owns facilities in Las Vegas, boasts that more than 60 percent of its clients remain substance free 12 months after treatment.
An observant tipster let me know the study of 4,000 patients was not exactly independent. In fact, it was bought and paid for by AAC from the Centerstone Research Institute, AAC’s Tennessee neighbor.
In 2015, Centerstone Research Institute set out to investigate whether outpatient services are as effective as in-patient treatment, a critical question given insurers’ preference for less expensive out-patient programs. A year later, Centerstone executive Tom Daub became AAC’s Chief Clinical and Compliance Officer.
AAC declines to say whether the effectiveness of its programs has been researched and evaluated by any independent parties.
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