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Treatment Centre Says No To Celebrities
"Celebrities give rehab a bad name"
No celebrity would be taken seriously these days without a spell in rehab for drug or alcohol addiction. Whatever the problem - from drug addiction to anger management - time spent in treatment seems to add to the glamour of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Amy Winehouse recently had chart success singing about not going and there's a TV sit com about a treatment centre being aired at the moment.
But Mimosa Recovery who run the Linwood Manor Group of Treatment Centres - a pioneering chain of alcohol rehab centres across the UK - believe that celebrities are giving rehab a bad name!
Sue Allchurch, Director of Mimosa Recovery, explains:
That's why Lynwode has adopted a no-celebrity policy at all three of its treatment centres. It offers treatment at less than a third of the cost of all its competitors to make quality treatment accessible to everyone.
This does not mean they will turn celebrities away who are serious about recovery but they have stringent rules: Commitment to treatment - prior to admission, Lynwode undertakes a series of assessments. Anyone who is not committed to getting well, celebrity or otherwise, is not admitted.
No publicity - the point of treatment is to focus on getting well and not create a news story. It's a different matter if, following treatment, if people are prepared to tell their story as a means to encourage others to face their addiction.
No special treatment - no accompanying retinues accommodation requests and a guarantee they are prepared to be seen simply as another of the group in treatment.
The Linwood Manor Group currently operates three treatment centres across the UK with a further two planned for later this year. They are the only centres exclusively dedicated to treating alcoholism - with one in 13 people in the UK alcohol-dependent, it is one of the biggest killers in the country.
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