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From Rehab to a Body Bag | Dying for Treatment: VICE Reports (Full Length)

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In the United States, more people between the ages of 25 and 64 die of complications from drugs than car crashes. According to a 2009 study published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 23.5 million people in this country over the age of 12 need treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, and only 2.6 million of these afflicted individuals actually receive it. In response, drug and alcohol rehab has blossomed in the past three decades into a $35 billion industry with nearly 15,000 facilities across the country. Although non-hospital residential treatment serves only about 10 percent of those in recovery in the US, the exorbitant cost of such care--as high as $75,000 a month--has made it extremely lucrative. And thanks to popular TV shows like Celebrity Rehab, which have installed the luxurious rehabilitation center in the popular consciousness, the national enrollment figures keep growing. VICE editor Wilbert L. Cooper traveled to Southern California, the region with the highest concentration of these high-end rehab clinics, to explore the peculiar and troubling side of the for-profit addiction treatment industry. Read: 'A 20-Year-Old Went to Rehab and Came Home in a Body Bag' - http://bit.ly/Body-Bag Watch more drug documentaries here: http://bit.ly/Hamiltons-Pharmacopeia Check out more VICE Reports here: http://bit.ly/VICE-Reports Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice
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Helena Elizabeth (4 hours ago)
Did they REALLY put tape on a horse?
DAVID A (15 hours ago)
Im so fucking glad I never got on any drugs..the biggest drug I got on is spending money I dont have to impress people.
Gunnar Marr (23 hours ago)
If u want to cure addition just stop using its that fucking easy u cant make someone stop who dont want to and if they say they do but they keep getting high or drunk then they are lying
Karina (1 day ago)
was it necessary to show the horse peeing?
Aaron Acevedo (2 days ago)
And here I am at a Veterans Administration Hospital in a 28 day program.....I’m so jealous....🤑🤒🥴🤧
Ardit Rizvanolli (2 days ago)
I went to a sober way home multiple times and they never helped me just took my parents money. The owner Pete is a fucking weirdo who still uses and the whole point of the staff is just to make people stay there for as long as possible. They will literally suck someone for all there money this shit rehab center is legit fraud!
J E (7 days ago)
There’s 12 steps they work
Mr Watto (7 days ago)
90k a month 😁😁 RIGHT? RIGHT ? Then on to horse 🐴 cock. We guarantee it. . . . ."it's my third time here"
Michele Fleming (8 days ago)
The treatment available for addiction of any type is ridiculous. It's like using an ice pick through the eye to preform a frontal labotamy at an anger management class....they are outdated and to close minded to acknowledge or even consider they have been treating the problem wrong the entire time.....and the federal and state governments do not want addiction to end or be curable....they make to much money off of it.
Keith Carlisle (8 days ago)
Richard Taite is so slimy and disgusting. What a lowdown, filthy cockroach. Wouldn't even spit on him if he was on fire.
Eric Vlahos (8 days ago)
What is wrong with the U.s and drugs
BrokeTV (11 days ago)
great documentary
BrokeTV (11 days ago)
This is the difference between the US and the rest of the world, everything in the US is for profit and business, there are no individuals who are not in it for the money.
Taylor adams (12 days ago)
He’s displaying the most deceptive behavior I’ve ever seen
FJ C (12 days ago)
Weird and out of touch
Caleb Palmer (12 days ago)
Ibogain treatment. Oh wait it's illegal
DAVID REYES (12 days ago)
You can have the best doctors, best rehab, best support group, best sponsorship, but in the end and after all is said and learned it lies in the hands of the individual. You have no power when it comes to someone's elses life. All you can save is yourself.
real deal (14 days ago)
It's not horseshit it's b*******
CoNsTrUcTiVeCRiTic (15 days ago)
That jack ass underestimated the shit out of vice news and the exposure he would face.
Teresa Davis (16 days ago)
I had a therapist once who candidly told me that 90% of rehabs are total BS.
Kathleen M. Higgins (17 days ago)
Thank you.
Chris Hardwood (17 days ago)
Mr sunglasses is horseshit getting ultra rich of helpless steerless people, you devil, they d better go into some mountains with hippies smoke some weed, chop wood and must tak care of themselves.. that really resets your BIOS.. do some DMT or psilocybine ;)
Bio-plasmic Toad (19 days ago)
Hearing the owner justifying the cost makes me sick.
Brian Sanderson (19 days ago)
How is that dope working for you privaleged white trash a fucking bunch of dumbshit mother fuckers
alicia owens (19 days ago)
AAs 12 steps and meetings were unfortunately the only thing that has worked for me oh and psychadelics "outside issue" i was a heroin addict
Jack My-Ears (19 days ago)
Malibu... I'm just up the 1 from those rich fucks lol a part of me doesn't feel bad for the rich fools that fall for expensive "equestrian rehab" lol or a glorified vacation in a beach house. Of course, when an addict dies it sucks, because I think about what could've happened if I didn't own up. I used to be addicted to oxy and I quit using, I went to a cheap methadone clinic along with NA meetings and counseling... that didn't involve arts and crafts or horses or batchiball (whatever that is). No frills are needed to get clean
Sarah Dixon (19 days ago)
Milquetoast Eugenicist (20 days ago)
"So this is our fruit orchard. Seventy trees, all organic." "Uh, yeah, thanks Rich. Last night I obtained a gram of sandy brownish grey powder of dubious origin and - with a stranger's promise that it was Heroin - cooked it with puddle water on the bottom of a dirty old Coke can I found in a the dumpster I slept in the night before, pulled the whole mess through a used tar and nicotine laden cigarette butt as a filter into my bent up, month old, dull hypodermic. I then, after 45 minutes of digging around with the dull needle with my pants down in an alley looking for my femoral vein, shot that dastardly concoction directly into my bloodstream through my crotch. But _THANK _*_GOD_* I won't have to suffer the sheer horror of eating a non-organic apple. As you can see by the track marks on my arms, my leg accesses and the open, weeping sores on the shaft of my dick, I really care about my body. It's a temple, you see." Most addicts treat their bodies like a chemical dump. I know I did. Is a Whirlpool spa and an sauna and some organic fruit going to reverse the 20 years of abuse I did? Oh great! I'm so glad I found you guys! So that's 30,000 a night, yes? Can I give you my Blockbuster Card or my Club Z points? Methadone for life is the best option for some. People like me have the option of Meth or Death. I'll take the free state-sponsored addiction over a pine box any day. I've been an opiate addict for over twenty years. On Methadone for about a decade or more. Soon I'll have been on legal opioids longer than diverted or illicit ones. It's a victory in my eyes. I'm able to function, have a job and contribute to society. Without Methadone I'm society's worst nightmare. It costs ten cents for any dose of Methadone in my province. But for a pharmacist to watch you drink it? Fifteen dollars, please! More money, please! Here's your synthetic narcotic in tang. Oh thanks bartender, make it a double, will you? Just be a good boy and get your carries. Then you only need to come in for supervised ingestion once a week or once a month fir the really lucky ones. I don't want 3 grams of Methadone hanging around in my house so I opted for weekly.
Price Bayliss (21 days ago)
I was on opiates for 13 years. Here is what i did. Flushed them down the toliet and hung on for 2 weeks.. Over a year and never looked back. It takes guts and intestinal fortitude.. And prayer.. Not a goofy 12 step broken program..
Ike Reedy (21 days ago)
I guess the best thing to do is not do DrUgZ....
Jack O'Jack (21 days ago)
3 times 4 times, I know people who've been to rehab 14 times, it's not that the program sucks, it's because you're not ready sometimes and you should keep your good habits when you get out of rehab. sobriety isn't a sprint, it's a marathon.
Jack O'Jack (21 days ago)
It's free in France, you just need your money for cigarettes, the rest is anonymous and free, you can go there and tell them that your name is Donald Duck and that you have a drug problem, they can keep you for a year, and the fact that it's free will make you think twice before acting like a douche, you're not a customer, you're a patient, it was worth it for me, sports twice a week, art therapy, writing therapy, dance therapy, theater therapy, if you break down and feel low, there's always someone there who you can talk with, there's group therapy every day, you have your designated shrink that you see twice a week, your own bedroom, the food was good, I became a sports junky after six months, that's what I compulsed in, and all of that was *FREE* and *ANONYMOUS* , if you're American, the plane ticket to France is nothing compared to a year of rehab in the south of France, you'd be amazed to find out how easy it is to get in, three phone calls and they give you a date.
I like dr drew! He’s honest some of us struggle with Money
J S (24 days ago)
Rehab is a complete fraud. Those with the means to own the business benefit by recycling the resident as much as possible. I worked as a Chef in one on Long Island. The Medicaid fraud is rampant it subsidizes a lavish lifestyle for the owners. 12 STEP PROGRAM guarantees failure as it labels the practitioner an "addict" for life. We are what we tell ourselves we are.
Anthony Knight (24 days ago)
What a scam good racket for the owners though.
Ach Kind (25 days ago)
6:20 full on revealing he has no clue whats going on and just pretents what a dipshit
Kim Davis (26 days ago)
This is why we need the wall!!!!
Kim Davis (26 days ago)
BS all they are doing here is pampering the addict. Nice lil vacation. AA works! So the guy talking is going um um um um to every question. Ripoff!!!!
Bob Valenz (27 days ago)
That dude from cliffside is a fuckin coke head
Michigan fan (28 days ago)
Im sorry but aa is a fuckin joke
Darren Pritchard (29 days ago)
so glad it's real... gotta laugh..
Ruben Hurtado (30 days ago)
Psych wards honestly do a better job than Rehabs tbh. They make sure the dope is gone from your body and check up on you to make sure you don't have a negative reaction.
Misiek Shego (30 days ago)
This is such a bullshit first the hook up people making money of them and later you go to rehab and again the making money.thats how the world elite a working we all slaves to them ..
Ivan Belfort (30 days ago)
Good Day!!! (1 month ago)
Here I've spent over 20 years in and out of recovery battling addiction, and all I needed was a horse and an organic orchard! I'm pumped, let's get clean forever! Guaranteed! Edit: Anyone got $75,000?
Fran Stein (1 month ago)
My nephew went through all that bullshit and killed himself when it didn't work. He blamed himself.
B K (1 month ago)
The guy at 6:20 is full of fucking shit, stealing peoples money he might as well be
dan hemmerling (1 month ago)
I was a junkie for a few years, I woke up one day and realised that Heroin wasn't the end all and be all for my ADHD. I just stopped, which to be honest, was HARD! But 24 years later, I am not regretting it at all. Though it has cost my body quite a bit. I have stuffed kidneys and hopefully this year I will get a new kidney. I am on dialysis 3 days a week, for 5 1/2 hrs a go. Everybody I knew, mostly didn't survive the 90's. None but me are alive (that I know of) today. This place would have driven me insane. I found work to be the best thing. I took myself to where Heroin and other drugs were very scarce. I must admit that up until 2001 I still smoked ciggarettes and pot. I am clean of everything today. Meth, speed, cocaine didn't work on me as it just counteracted my ADHD.
Linda Mueller (1 month ago)
He never answered the question ( what is the difference between AA and your facility?
Mike Sowder (1 month ago)
This is the dumbest shit I've ever heard in my life. Look wheather you pay a million or $1.50 if someone's not ready to quit they're not going to quit. Likely OD. If you are willing to quit it should suck you should have to suffer, remembering the terrible is an amazing deterrent. Over 3 years clean. I pray for, love and believe in all of us addicts in recovery or still trying.
Joao Lopes (1 month ago)
Second time i see i guy totaly high selling this crap treatments. The first on heroin and live and now this clow! Fuck this! Fuck this clow!
SEAN D (1 month ago)
22 years of addiction 12 step is the only thing that has kept me sober
Mr Wdpkr (1 month ago)
For $73k a month it better come with all the hookers and coke I can do !
niteninja 01 (1 month ago)
Fuck that bullshit. I got clean without some 70k a month shit. I went to meetings 3times a week and stayed away from the bullshit
Kevin Garren (1 month ago)
Rehab is a ripoff lol. At least druggies get to get high. In rehab your broke and only get to talk about getting high. As long as rehab is for profit. People won't get help just more and more rehab.
Josh Lockie (1 month ago)
AA kinda works lol, yah it works as well as trying to quit on your own. Exact same statistics.
Earl Sinclair (1 month ago)
What an asshole! " I'm the only guy who gives a fuck" where are you clients?.." No idea" Rehabs are a scam..they only work for a small minority and are littered with greed and corruption.. Very few genuinely good organisations..the government should regulate these creeps..73 k a week!!! jesus wept
Grand Daddy Purple W (1 month ago)
Fuck rehab trust me. Your better off puking and sweating, shitting it all out. Fuck methadone, suboxone...excersize a shitload..maybe go to n.a meetings...smoke and eat insane amount of weed. You wont give a fuck about a lot of the shit. You wont be bored anymore. You will be Tired from working out. The Weed will start healing your soul. Your relationships will come around. Might even start getting pussy, or dick whatever your into.
RozumUniversalRobot (1 month ago)
USA health system is fucked. USA is fucked. Let me sit back and see it all fall apart. I know nowhere is perfect, but that place is fucked beyond repair. It's a shame
Zoë Mello (1 month ago)
Horses and private rooms and pools and shit are nice but you know what gets people sober? A buck in a basket, a meeting, a sponsor and stepwork.
David McC (1 month ago)
So full of Shit. Rehab doesn't work. They only take your money, then send your ass to another rehab center. You want to get clean..sit it out and be sick. That's how I got clean. Didn't cost me a dime.
J josephm (1 month ago)
Let's see...you get yourself into trouble and now the government must get you out.
Kaotician23 (1 month ago)
a huge majority of drug "treatment" is a fucking JOKE
Genecop Coppola (1 month ago)
Can barely finish watching this bullshit, I speak from first hand exp
Genecop Coppola (1 month ago)
THe Malibu guy is so full of shit, he’s making money on people’s misery..
Awoke! Awoke! (1 month ago)
This guy seems like the biggest joke.....lol.....poor addicts Lock addicts up, just like government did in the 80's with black people and the cocaine crisis....
Karma IsAbtch (1 month ago)
Having been to 400-500+ state funded (in MASSACHUSETTS- the most PROGRESSIVE/foreword) state in USA 🇺🇸 after California, none have helped me find a new way to LIVE!! All detoxes simply give meds, lecture groups with statistics & then discharge you to another 6-12 months of CSS/TSS “HOLDINGS”, only to wait for a sh*tty “social model, DPH STATE funded, halfway house”?! Where peers (Who, COULD BECOME FRIENDS, but instead, do not, due to social model/therapeutic community being “Rat each other her out for brownie points” for ones own selves freedoms”!!!! F**k MASS HEALTH! F**k the “TC” prison side, rat out/call out a so-called potential Figure long term “friend”, only to pull away the one opportunity this person has to reintegrate with their young child?? Only so the rat can get a “more trusted standing” with staff!! F**k public state funded detoxes. State (in MASs, USA 🇺🇸), does not even GIVE rehab (after detox) Treatment, aside from 14 day prison-style lock ups!! My evidence: I have been to all but 1 of 70+ MA state DPH funded detoxes/“rehabs”. Did not remain sober (alcohol as drug of choice”), from not ONE OF THEM! Stop slamming the bette, holistic rehabs for those who are financially better off!
Awoke! Awoke! (1 month ago)
Is he a patient or the CEO?
Monster Fox (1 month ago)
So they label the horses and the food/water for the horses and the exercise is to... keep the horses away from the food/water because they represent anger or self doubt or something? Yeah, that’s definitely worth $300 and will help me overcome addiction 🙄
Bill C (1 month ago)
Rehab is a farse....
Elizabeth Moriglioni (1 month ago)
That guy doesn’t have a freaking clue
Androgynous 14u (1 month ago)
Those "treatment centers" SELLING recovery ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Space Wombat (1 month ago)
'Where are all your clients today?' What?? I dunno, I don't know where they are" "But wherever they are you can be sure it is therapeutic" HAHAAAA What a fucking KOOK!!🤪🙄
Dave Pawson (1 month ago)
I walked into a free rehab and haven't looked back. 9 years clean now. This here is a joke.
len assante (2 months ago)
That asshole trying to convince us that $73,000 is worth it. You are a fucking moron. Fucking con-man and self righteous know-it-all.
Harley Gough (2 months ago)
3:30 wow organic trees huh...
Christopher Cunningham (2 months ago)
Weir-Do Johnny (2 months ago)
I've been an opiate user since 12. I kicked at 29 gor off at 31 completley on my own and started taking Suboxone at 36 for preventive medicine. I'm 40. Nine years no dope. People get high when their clean bc they just don't get they like it
Weir-Do Johnny (2 months ago)
I thought this would be about Jerry.
Doug Austin (2 months ago)
Fake rehab
Anthony,Simon Wilde (2 months ago)
That guy is so full of shit his eyes are brown...lol
ted cruz (2 months ago)
Ive been 2 years clean off heroin after entering a free 18 month rehab program at a homless shelter. It helped me more than the 5k a month rehab program my parents sent me.
Ann Claire Pahlavi (2 months ago)
This Cliffside guy is so arrogant and a total scam artist
Marko Sirkana (2 months ago)
I turned 30 just last month I've been struggling with opiates 11 years now. I get sober and relapse over and over. I have never been able to afford rich people rehab. I once went to this horrible place called teen challenge when I was 19 was one of those Bible thumping if you don't convert and believe in our religion you'll never get sober bullshit places. I left that place after 19 days. After that either I've gone to jail and did involuntary sobriety ( ended up in prison for 5 years Arizona and yes I found and used dope locked up on occasion too) I honestly am out of hope. I relapsed right before my birthday after 21 months of sobriety. I still don't understand after all the horrible shit I've experienced and lived, how am I still this stupid that I still relapse. All the dope sickness depression anxiety losing friends and family I still go back to it. I feel like I'm simply broken and nothing will ever work or help
Emily Simpson (2 months ago)
The Cliffside guy is so full of shit, he couldn't even bullshit about what they do articulately
DAMIAN XAVIER (2 months ago)
yeah the mailibu dude was itching his nose like he was high and about damn time VICE gets a reporter who actually asks real questions not like all the other pussies and dorks
Jeff Arnett (2 months ago)
the 12 step program was actually inspired by LSD.
Ethan miller (2 months ago)
Either the first rehab owner drinks 20 cups of coffee a day, or he's on coke.
Charles Burnham (2 months ago)
Addiction in the USA is a thing because Americans are some of the most miserable people on the planet.
Shelley Vanelli (2 months ago)
Cliffside is fucked
Jessica Stunden (2 months ago)
Thank you for including someone with an eating disorder in this, people don’t realise that it can be as much of an addiction as a street drug.
Kyle Gingras (2 months ago)
Did they not mention that Bill W. Dropped acid? And he likely stopped his alcoholic ways due to his profound lsd experience.........then he started alcoholics anonymous
ClownBreeder Goyem (2 months ago)
5:45 Just shut up and give shekels goyem!
daniel o'meara (2 months ago)
The owner of cliff side was so stupid. I can’t believe people r dumb enough to pay money for this. My rehab was realizing I didn’t want to have Xanax seizures anymore. Fuck all u rich fucking losers
Sadie Kay (2 months ago)
Cliffside's Director appears not to be a well person...
Roger Williams (2 months ago)
Wait...Why was the last scene the most awkward in the history of documentaries?
Roger Williams (2 months ago)
So...The Maibu guy couldn't answer a simple question as he is walking into the FOOD PREPARATION area and gets an attitude because the ladies are making FOOD PREPARATION noises?? Wtf? He acted a lol high too btw.
David Zanny (2 months ago)
My advice to Cliffside Maibu, never agree to another interview about your drug treatment program. Cliffside Malibu is a glorified bed and breakfast. The owner/founder sounded like a moron, who feeds off of other wealthy morons. These types of places are an epidemic and should be investigated for corruption.
07ape (2 months ago)
73k a month for brown grass
hirskdubbi (2 months ago)
In my case and many many others are addicted to opiates or benzos because of doctors. Once I get over these fuckin withdrawals I'll never look back.

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