Inside Rehab:

The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment – and How to Get Help That Works,
by Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D., L.D.

Inside Rehab, released 2/7/13, is a major publishing event in the history of US addiction treatment. Based on a four-year effort, Inside Rehab looks at what the scientific evidence suggests vs. what actually happens in most US addiction treatment. Practical Recovery is very pleased that this information is now readily available to the public. Reading Inside Rehab will help you understand that Practical Recovery provides state-of-the-art addiction treatment.

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Print – Minnesota’s Hazelden is Proud to be an ‘Innovative Dinsoaur’, interview with William Cope Moyers by Mary Ann Grossman. “‘Anne is a consumate professional whose perspective in her book is sound, realistic and important,” says William Cope Moyers, Hazelden’s vice president of public affairs and community relations.'” – Most Important Path to Recovery from Addiction? For One Expert, It’s Simple: Flexibility, interview with Mark Willenbring, Ph.D. by Mary Ann Grossman. “‘Anne’s book is an excellent portrayal of the dismal state of affairs of addiction treatment in the country today,’ says Mark Willenbring, who wants to ‘drag addiction treatment into the 21st century’ at his new Alltyr clinic in downtown St. Paul and a clinic at United Hospital.” – Most Addiction Treatments Need Update, Minnesota Author Argues, article by Mary Ann Grossman “Fletcher is happy that her book, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, seems to be making a difference for professionals and people looking for help for their addicted loved ones.”

SMART Recovery News and Views (Issue 19, v.2 – 04/2013, pg. 17)- A Tour of America’s Rehab Programs, review by Henry Steinberger, Ph.D. “Anne Fletcher’s new book covers the topics stated in the subtitle as comprehensively as a textbook but with the zest of a pre-eminent journalist.”

Health.comHey Lindsay Lohan, Here’s What Really Happens in Rehab! Article by Anne Kruger “I think sometimes celebs and other famous people go to rehab because it’s what you do when you’ve been ‘naughty,’” says Fletcher. But using addiction treatment as a punishment is unfortunate and ineffective, she says.”

CNN Special Post – Did Rehab Fail McCready? Commentary by Anne M. Fletcher
“We’ll never know if another episode or type of treatment would have saved Mindy McCready, but we do know that, for a significant number of Americans, business-as-usual addiction treatment isn’t working.”

New RepublicWhy Rehab Fails: The Dogma of AA Has Taken Over, article by Sacha Z. Scoblic
“A large portion of the book, in fact, reads like a Princeton Review Guide for Choosing Rehab: Fletcher highlights unique integrative facilities, offers nontraditional solutions, and lauds excellent traditional programs.”

Salon“Inside Rehab”: How it Could Work Better and Why it Doesn’t, article by Laura Miller
“Anyone in the unfortunately position of needing her advice on how to find the best addiction treatment will find this book invaluable, but the rest of us have a lot to learn from it as well.”

Jane Brody, New York TimesEffective Addiction Treatment, blog by Jane E. Brody
“Ms. Fletcher’s book, replete with the experiences of treated addicts, offers myriad suggestions to help patients find addiction treatments with the highest probability of success.”

www.TheFix.comWhat Really Goes on Inside Rehab, interview with Anne Fletcher
“In part we are talking about informed consent here. If you have breast cancer or heart disease, you go to your doctor and he tells you about what your surgical or treatment options are. “You can have bypass surgery, you can have angioplasty, you could have a stent.” And if one thing doesn’t work, they don’t keep doing the same thing over and over again, they modify the treatment. Well, that tends not to happen in traditional rehab.”

TimeMind Reading: Q&A What Really Goes on In Drug Rehabs, interview with Anne Fletcher
Time: A lot of addiction treatment in America is based on the idea that you have to “break” addicts, humiliate them and confront them until they confess their worst sins. Is it effective?
Fletcher: I didn’t personally observe anything terrible. I kind of expected I might see some confrontation, but I didn’t see any overt confrontation. But the vestiges of that confrontational approach remain in the words that are used to describe people, like the stereotype that all addicts are selfish and manipulative and always lying, that they’re all the same.”

Psychology TodayInside Rehab – Practical Information About Addiction Treatment and Recovery, blog by Anne Fletcher

Pacific Palisades Patch – A Book Review of Inside Rehab, by Laura Tompkins
“I do not care if 12 step groups continue to exist or not. I do care that the truth be revealed so that people can make informed decisions. I do believe that only an evangelical, narcissistic, bombastic and otherwise unsuccessful person is genuinely helped by the 12 steps. They are helped by having a place to evangelize, blow their horn with their claims of ‘time,’ and be able to play the big shot to vulnerable people they refer to as ‘newcomers.”

Caron Chit Chat – A Roadmap for Success: The Evolution of Addiction Treatment and 12-Step Recovery, article by Doug Tieman
“We’ve been closely following the dialogue around Anne Fletcher’s recently released book “Inside Rehab,” which examines – and in many cases, raises questions about – various addiction treatment facilities and their approach to treatment.”

Klean Treatment Center – The Truth About Addiction Treatment that Works, article by Klean
“A new book written by Anne M. Fletcher, Inside Rehab, defines the shortcomings of many treatment programs and the proven methods that have been ignored. Fletcher discovered that the treatment centers that serve the indigent often fare better than high-end residential centers because they have better and more qualified therapists on hand. Fletcher says she wants people to know ‘about science-based practices that should form the basis of addiction treatment.’”

www.kirkusreviews.comInside Rehab, review by

Center for Motivation and Change – Recommended Books for Individuals, compilation by Center for Motivation and Change
“Unfortunately, we hear many of the stories in Anne’s book time and again. At CMC we encounter something we call “treatment trauma” which is the experience many of our clients have had in treatment programs that are confrontational, aggressive and not psychiatrically sophisticated. They leave humiliated, misdiagnosed and skeptical about getting help.”

SMART Recovery – Webinar: Inside Rehab with Anne Fletcher, hosted by SMART Recovery
“Her bestselling book Sober for Good is a favorite among SMART Recovery members.”

www.goodreads.comInside Rehab, reviews by various readers – “Inside Rehab” Says Current Addiction Treatment is Outdated and Ineffective, article by Mara Tyler
“Fletcher, a science writer and author of Sober for Good, says that most addiction treatment facilities fail today because they are rooted in practices and methods that date back to the 1950’s–not in current medical science or treatment modalities.”

Andrew Sullivan, The DishOnly Cold Turkey Allowed, Inside Rehab review by Sacha Scoblic
“Rehab culture has created a deep schism between science and its twelve-step methods. There is now a vast body of research on addiction treatment, including groundbreaking medications that can quell urges, safely fulfill an addict’s need for dopamine, and often prevent relapse. And yet, Fletcher finds that some 80 percent of rehabs in the United States dispense no medication at all.”

Web Talk Radio – Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101 with Denise Krochta – Inside Rehab
Exploring “the right questions to ask when looking for a rehab for a loved one or ourselves.”

Diane Rehm Show (NPR)Inside Addiction Treatment
“Anne Fletcher describes what goes on inside many different kinds of rehab programs. She joins us to talk about the challenge of finding effective addiction treatment.”

KPBS radio (NPR)Who Needs Rehab?
“My guest, Ann Fletcher has examined the facts and fallacies in drug and rehab programs in a new book called Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment – and How to Get Help that Works.

Radiotimes with Marty Moss-Coane, WHYY (NPR), Philadelphia – Addiction: Tightening the Gap Between Research and Practice
“Are addiction treatment centers prepared to provide the care necessary for sustainable sobriety? And how can we successfully track those suffering from addiction after they have ‘graduated’ from intensive treatment? We’ll get an update on how the growing addiction treatment industry is keeping up with its related research cousins with A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D CEO and co-founderof the Treatment Research Institute and an experienced substance abuse researcher; Adam C. Brooks, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at the Treatment Research Institute; and Anne. M Fletcher, MS, RD. a medical writer whose latest book is Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth about Addiction Treatment and How to Get Help that Works.”

SMART Podcast – Webinar with Anne M. Fletcher
In this webinar, award-winning author Anne Fletcher explores the gap in addiction treatment between “best practice” and reality, as well as offering solutions for those contemplating rehab.

WAMC (Northeast Public Radio)Inside Rehab: The Surprising truth About Addiction Treatment – and How to Get Help That Works
“It focuses on real people whose stories illustrate the serious issues facing individuals in rehab and endemic in the rehab industry today.”

Huffington PostAddiction Malpractice
“Scientists know which addiction therapies work. But most addicts get non-evidence-based treatment from unproven programs. Are addiction “cures” medical malpractice?”

KPBS Evening EditionWho Needs Rehab?
Anne Fletcher, health and medical writer, talks to KPBS about her new book, “INSIDE REHAB: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment And How To Get Help That Works.”