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  1. This is a super shady company and so are the people involved in it. This disclaimer is on their website, "The Addiction Network is not a substance abuse treatment program or service. They are solely an advertising program that generates phone calls from television and radio advertisements. Your call will be directed to an advertiser in our program that is accepting calls." However, the commercials leave viewers with a very different impression than the disclaimer. They put an actor, who is clearly supposed to be a doctor, front and center to talk to viewers about the seriousness of addiction and the commercial even says they will connect you with a qualified advisor. You are getting two entirely different impressions about the credentials & intent of The Addiction Network from the website and the commercial. They are banking on people not paying as close of attention to the fine print. They are banking on the fact that once you get someone on the phone (especially a desperate & overwhelmed someone), you have a chance of selling them on whatever treatment center received the call, even if that may not be the right place for the caller. The commercial says, “The call is free. The consultation is free. The referral is free.” So, we know the money is not coming from the callers but don’t excited. It’s not coming directly from the callers to the The Addiction Network. But the line stays afloat by having treatment centers pay a flat advertising fee. That means the caller isn’t DIRECTLY paying for the referral, but they or their insurance is still paying for it because the rehab facility will have to raise its prices to compensate for the advertising cost.

    They lowkey slid that bit in their about your treatment could be covered with private insurance but what they mean is, they only help people with insurance or a butt load of money. This is not about helping addicts. This is about making money. They are telling people without insurance or a lot of money for an out of pocket expenditure to f*** off but in slightly politer language. I guess nobody wants to pay them for a broke referral. I couldn’t find an exact statistic but there is a MASSIVE number of uninsured addicts and/or broke addicts. Addicts tend to have trouble holding down a job and even if they do have one, they are still likely to have money troubles. Drugs are expensive. #Duh

    At the end of the day, what the hell do you even need The Addiction Network for anyways? SAMHSA’s National Helpline (1-800-662-HELP) takes calls 24/7, 365 days a year and they help people regardless of whether they have insurance or money. They won't bully you into a treatment center that isn't right for you so that they can meet some quota. If you are insured, you could call your insurance company to find out what places take your insurance and how much they expect you to pay out of pocket. Hell, you could even just google treatment centers in your area. The Addiction Network is pointless. Well, its pointless for the addicts. It’s not pointless The Addiction Network and the pockets of the men behind it.

  2. The guy who used Crack Cocaine is actually the same guy who portrays the fake Doctor.    Look closely – the crack dude now has glasses and a beard to disguise himself.    What a bunch of jokers and fraudsters.    He probably owns the company.       This commercial made me start taking Crack Cocaine to deal with how absurd the commercial is.

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