This facility doesn't serve drug addicts with mental health diagnoses. Reportedly none of their clients take psych meds. They don't know how to deal with this population....treatment for mental health diagnoses (especially people with Axis 1 personality disorders) is NOT the same as treating 'regular' addicts...a boot camp approach like that adopted at Habilitat is NOT appropriate; it usually makes things worse for these clients. Even if they graduate treatment, which is unlikely, they don't come close to treating the root cause of the drug use, so a relapse is highly probable. Dual diagnosis (mental health and drug addiction) treatments are PROVEN to be more effective. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is proven to be more effective for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, and it isn't even a rehab-focused therapy.Yet I've watched Habilitat accept several clients who are on meds and who have mental health diagnoses as a jail diversion alternative. One was a friend who is very important to me, Habilitat is setting these people up to FAIL.Why are they doing it? Because they get paid through clients' medical insurance. Self pay costs about $2000/month at Habilitat. Assume the same rate is paid through insurance. An inappropriate client who lasts 4 months before blowing out or getting kicked out brings Habilitat $8000 that they wouldn't otherwise have gotten is that clients bed sat empty. If the mentally ill client who should be on meds graduates the program...I haven't seen it happen yet but its possible...that number rises to $60,000 in Habilitat's pocket while the client still likely lacks the tools to prevent relapse given their diagnoses.Why do they get away with it? Graduation rates at rehab facilities are TERRIBLE across the board. a 25% graduation / no relapse rate is REALLY REALLY high. Most facilities claim they are much more successful than this but that's usually a bald faced lie. So...MOST clients don't succeed anyway in ANY rehab program. So who's going to really notice if a mentally ill client doesn't graduate? Nobody. They just did what most clients do anyway...fail.The difference is they were set up to fail because the program was inappropriate in the first place. Its completely unethical, potentially damaging, and morally disgusting.They might help some people. But they intentionally screw others by even accepting them into the program at all.
Habilitat’s approach to addiction is unique. We do not subscribe to the notion that addiction is a disease. We teach people that addiction and alcoholism is a choice. We have understood for many years that long-term drug rehabilitation alone is not enough to
long-term success. People need marketable skills and work ethics if they are to be competitive in today’s workforce. Our vocational training programs are second to none in the substance abuse treatment community. We motivate the unmotivated and often succeed where other programs have failed.