The arguments surrounding high priced rehabilitation centers in Malibu presented in the New York Times on 9/15 engenders heated debate.
I find myself swimming against the tide. The NIMBY arguments aside, high priced centers, in spite of their varied and sometimes unconventional approaches do provide a service. People for whom money is no object will often not seek treatment that appears beneath them. That’s OK. Exposure to thinking that encourages freedom from drug and alcohol use can and has reached some folks who might otherwise have not seen the light. The absurdly high rates of “cure” – not to mention the disdain that very notion causes- are worthy of discussion. But overall, I say let the free market prevail.