Become Part of the Solution
Demand Lawmakers Take Action
and address EDUCATION, REGULATION and SCIENCE within the addiction recovery industry.
In the last 25 years, the number of addiction treatment facilities in the United States has tripled to over 14,000, and the annual revenue generated by the addiction treatment industry has tripled to over 35 billion.
Yet, drug overdose death rates have also tripled?
Drug overdose death rates are now the leading cause of injury deaths in the United States—surpassing motor vehicle accidents.
In that same time cancer death rates have gone down by 22%.
THE WAY WE TREAT ADDICTION HAS TO CHANGE!
Our goal in making The Business of Recovery was to demand the addiction treatment industry change the way addiction is treated in three primary areas:
Better educated and medically licensed professionals in charge of addiction treatment
Regulations to protect the patient and align addiction treatment facilities with medical standards
The use of scientifically proven treatments (empirical, not evidence based)
We are starting our campaign with the most urgent: Demand Federal Regulations for Sober Living Homes!
By signing our petition at Change.org you will be helping to create a grass roots community that will demand the addiction treatment industry changes the way addiction is treated.
WE NEED YOUR HELP:
Our goal is to have all sober living homes regulated by the Federal Government.
Violence, drug use, neglect and deaths due to overdose are happening in sober living homes at an alarming rate every day throughout the United States. Sober living homes across the country provide virtually no supervision, social services, drug or alcohol treatment programs, security or rehabilitation. They are largely unlicensed businesses that open in residential neighborhoods of single family homes, without registering, or notifying anyone, and without being required to have any treatment programs, accountability, supervision or security.
In many cases, if the sober living home even has staff, they are not required to have any training at all to become a ‘House Manager’…not even first aid training. These facilities should not be able to warehouse vulnerable recovering addicts and call themselves a “drug-free environment” when there are no safeguards in place or regulations or licensing required.
Many sober living home owners apply for IRS non-profit status and do not pay taxes, while paying themselves exorbitant salaries. They do this by claiming to provide services, such as counseling, or say they are “treatment centers” when in reality most do nothing but collect costly rents, by warehousing large numbers of recovering addicts (in many cases with violent offenders that are on parole) in unsafe and inadequate quarters. In doing so they expose vulnerable addicts to hazards that interfere with their recovery, wellness and safety.
Action Petitioned For:
Please sign our petition demanding that sober living homes are regulated by the federal Government, requiring that they are licensed, have management and first aid trained staff, disclose onsite overdose deaths, disclose if they house paroled residents with violent convictions, and provide a safe and drug free environment.
Accountability should consist of federal regulations which have the power to close down facilities that are not licensed, not compliant, and do not provide a safe environment.
Thanks for taking the time to review our petition regarding this life and death issue.
Your signature on our petition is greatly appreciated.