If you or someone you care about is trying to overcome an addiction or some other mental health problems it is very important to get the support from people who are close to you.
However, it is also important to seek professional help.
Finding the right rehab center may not be easy as there are many companies now trying to take a piece of the growing rehab industry, but not all of them are legitimate.
This graph shows the increase in “rehab center” searches on Google from Florida, USA since 2004 until 2019.
What is LegitScript and how can it help?
Founders of LegitScript are aware of online scams directed to vulnerable persons that are looking for help and that is why they started the company in 2008.
Since then, in collaboration with many domain name registrars, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, LegitScript shut down tens of thousands of “rogue” online pharmacy websites.
LegitScript also works with social media companies, eCommerce companies and payment processors in order to prevent fraudulent activity.
The company enjoys the trust of VISA, Facebook, Amazon, Bing and Google. Google even prohibits rehab centers that are not certified by LegitScript from advertising on their Google Ads platform.
LegitScript has strict rules regarding their certification program and they constantly monitor over 2.5 million websites.
If a website is certified by LegitScript, it means that it has passed a detailed review and that it meets LegitScript’s standards in terms of safety, transparency and legality.
However, if a person had a bad experience with a certified merchant, the person can submit the details about the case to LegitScript and they will review the merchant again.
You can browse LegitScript’s database of reviewed websites on legitscript.com/websites/
Merchants that are certified usually display a badge from LegitScript at the bottom of their website.
Examples of certified rehab and detox centers
Detox of South Florida Inc. is one of the drug rehab centers that are certified and monitored by LegitScript.
The company was founded by Dr. Vikram Tarugu who is a medical professional with over 25 years of experience.
It is located on 608 NE 2nd Ave, Okeechobee, FL 34972, USA and is also accredited by ConsumerAffairs, QualityCheck.org and SAMHSA.
Another detox center that is also accredited by LegitScript is AION Recovery. It is interesting because it is one of the rare rehab centers that offer advenutre-based therapy.
AION Recovery is located at 327 W. Lantana Road, Lantana, Florida 33462 and is open 24 hours a day.
Addiction statistics (USA)
Here are some of the most interesting and eye-openning statistics on drug and alcohol addiction.
- More than 90% of the people who struggle with addiction started taking drugs or drinking alcohol before they turned 18
- Over 21 million Americans have problems with at least one kind of addiction, but only 10% of them gets treatment from professionals
- Over 14 million Americans struggled with alcohol addiction in 2017
- Over 4 million Americans struggled with marijuana addiction in 2017
- Over 950,000 Americans struggled with cocaine addiction in 2017
- Over 650,000 Americans struggled with heroin addiction in 2017
- The most common addictions in the United States are tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, painkillers, cocaine, heroin and benzodiazepines
If you or anyone you know has problems with addiction, please ask a professional for help.