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City Visions: Reforming California's drug rehabilitation industry

"U.S. Life Expectancy Falls as Opioid Deaths Rise" by Clear Sky Treatment Centers, used under CC license, resized and cropped
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Host Joseph Pace and guests explore the “Wild West” of California’s drug rehabilitation industry.

How have loose regulations, predatory practices and insurance fraud led to major profits for some addiction treatment centers?  Will new state laws be enough to impose order on the rehab industry?  And, how do Californians find reputable providers?


Dr. David Kanaddiction psychiatrist; current president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine; chief medical officer of Bright Heart Health.

Dr. Anna Lembke, associate professor and medical director of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine; author, Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop.

Dr. Marvin Seppala, chief medical officer at Hazelden Betty Ford; author of several books including, Prescription Painkillers: History, Pharmacology and Treatment.


- SAMHSA National Helpline (24/7 treatment referral and information): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) Physician Locator

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Physician Locator

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Finder

- CSAM Consumer Guide and Scorecard

- Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

- "Mom, When They Look at Me, They See Dollar Signs", Mother Jones