Report: #994670

Complaint Review: las vegas recovery center

  • Submitted: Thu, January 10, 2013
  • Updated: Thu, January 10, 2013
  • Reported By: P. Johnson — jupiter Florida United States of America
  • las vegas recovery center
    3371 buffalo dr
    las vegas, Nevada
    United States of America

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LVRC was and is a dangerous place and a serious fraud. The chronic pain program they have there is nothing more than a placebo effect. Massage and Reike? Quack treatments, all of them. The doctors, if one could call them that, were mentally abusive towards patients and labeled everyone a heroin addict despite the fact that most chronic pain patients are only "clinically addicted" to opiate pain pills and just require safe, supervised detox and proper physical therapy.
Criminals awaiting trial, and handcuffed to wheelchairs etc. are there to mix in with true medical patients. They will take anyone in. My room was ransacked and I had articles stolen. The staff said tough cookies. Its an insane asylum and everyone is treated like a criminal with no human rights. Its no wonder celebrities go back to rehab so many times--it doesnt work at all...

The rest of the so called "treatment" was just the usual rehab nonsense: religious and cult-like meetings and the notoriously bad 12 steps. The "family outreach program" is just more of the same shame-based, superstitious spirituality, and guilt nonsense they use to treat a hereditary genetic condition.

Beware the staff (Spanish Inquisition anyone?) since most of them are just recovering addicts bent on giving a patient a hard time in order to further their own recoveries. Human nature at its worstthey get their "high" from doing this.
The owner Stuart Smith and his henchman Dr. Mel Pohl are both mental cases, (according to many) and dont care they are running a sham show. The book shop Mr. Smith owns at "The Rooms" is full of quack books and trinkets for any idiot to buy. He does indeed make a profit. He drives a blue Ferrari, typical.
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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds


AUTHOR: Patrick H. K. - ()

I worked at LVRC for years.

Then my friend entered the program, and afterwards committed suicide.

The complaints are well justified about this unethical and dangerous clinic.

Health allegations are true. HIV Aids, hepatitus, etc.

The staff that are recovering addicts dont trust employees who aren't, plus they are high strung and smoke constantly.

My take on the clinic was that they are more concerned with billing and overbilling a patient than getting them proper treatment. 

12 step treatment is just religion, and strange religion at best. I left this job because I didnt want to be part of a lawsuit, and I heard from other employees that the millionaire owner would easily sacrifice the junior staff to save the higher ups from embarassment.

 I agree with the scam description.

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#2 Consumer Comment

LVRC review

AUTHOR: Paul M. - ()

In response to the other reviews I will say this about LVRC: despite its moderate success with Opiod Induced Hyperalgesia and the pain program for chronic pain patients, it uses questionable practices to get, at best, obfuscated results.

While its true that LVRC and Dr. Melvin Pohl are both very accredited, lets be honest about what that means. An example of "accredited": Best Doctors, a vanity club, is an organisation trhat hands out awards for doctors who obtain favorable reviews from friends and then pays a fee for a Lucite-bound "award." That says it all about Dr. Pohl.

I was a patient there, I'm a physician myself, and a good friend of an employee who recommended it. That being said I found the place deplorable in many ways. Rehab clinics post few if any long term results because there arent any. Rehab is mostly a placebo effect, and by that I mean they try very hard to brainwash a patient from the very beginning with employee "testimonials" which are biased and self-serving––in governments around the world its called propaganda.

I went to LVRC on my own accord to detox safely and treat my Fibromyalgia and acute Temoromandibular disorder. What I recieved after the appropriate and acceptable chemical detox program was highly mysterious attempted spirituality reprogramming. Not exactly the Mayo Clinic, not exactly a helth spa, more of quack-peddlers dream.

I did find the nursing staff to be well-informed, disciplined, and professional, even to us medical professional patients. They are to be congratulated.

The non-medical staff hammers on with 12 step slogans and assertions that the patient will die, yes, DIE, if they dont believe in concepts of higher powers and spiritual peer meetings outside the facility. Coercion of family members is also a high priority in the Family Outreach Program. HIPPA laws are broken in this regard but my protests went unheard. I did report them to the AMA in this regard.

Yet the 12 steps and NA/AA meetings are just cheap and easy for them to substitute for real, scientific-based treatment, of which I found none. Thats what all rehab clinics do according to Dr. Nora Volkow at NIDA, National Institute of Health, in Wash. DC. She is the premier researcher on addiction in America.I questioned her at length and she was highly skeptical of rehab as a whole. She suggested I interview other doctors there at NIH.

"Why Dr. Mahoney, just follow the money." I was told in no uncertain terms.

My findings to date:

The reason that rehab centers get accredited by so many medical organizations is because of the Mental Health Bill that was put in action by Rep. Patrick Kennedy. Basically, taxpayer money is granted by the US Government for rehab and most doctors at NIH wont come out against rehab clinics because that would be attacking the hand that feeds them. NIH recieves money under that bill and critisizing it would be unbenificial. This is direct from three doctors I asked at NIH, but none would go on record and I fully understand why. But rehab clinics know this only too well. Medicaid and insurance fraud, the icing on the cake, is the result, and the finace woman at LVRC was quick to bill a patient. Its no wonder the internet at LVRC is tightly controlled and edited for content and website accessibility.

Addiction Patients by and large recover on their own says the Harvard Medical Letter on addiction. But rehab clinics claim they are responsible only. Those that dont recover like Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen and just ordianry citizens are given the blame by society, not the ineffective and expensive treatment facilities. Most families research buying a new car more that a rehab clinic for their loved ones said an article in the Washington Post. I believe that.

Respectfully, P.G.M,  D.O. Thorasic Surgery, FAOAO


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#3 UPDATE Employee

Highly Accredited Las Vegas Recovery Center

AUTHOR: Paul - ()

Las Vegas Recovery Center has been operating for 10 years and we have an outstanding reputation in the community as well as nationally.  Our referral base consists of doctors, lawyers, nurses, workers compensation companies, insurance companies, hospitals, national unions, other treatment centers, Psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, drug and alcohol counelors to name a few. 

Las Vegas Recovery is accredited by The Joint Commission since it has been opened and has passed every 3 year evaluation without fail. This is the highest accreditation any treatment center can attain and world renown hospitals such as Scripps Memorial, Mayo Clinic, Duke University Hospital and Baylor Medical Center hold this accrediation as well. 

Our Medical Director Dr. Melvin Pohl is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) and is a Fellow with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Dr. Pohl co-chairs ASAM's Pain and Addiction Workgroup and has been elected by his peers as one of the "Best Doctors in America".  Dr. Pohl receives daily requests to speak on chronic pain and addiction and has written several books most recently "A Day Without Pain" which chonicals today's opioid and chronic pain epidemic.

Las Vegas Recovery Center utilizes an evidence based approach to treating chronic pain and incorporates many holistic treatments such as mediation, Reiki, Yoga, Chi Kung, Acupuncture along with Physical Therapy, Chiropractic services, massage.  The facility is located in Northwest Las Vegas at the foothills of the Spring Mountains.  The setting is very serene and peaceful and our Counselors are highly trained in chronic pain and addiction treatment methods.

We are very sorry the writer of the complaint had a less than typical treatment experience and we would like to speak directly with the writer to alleviate any concerns, thank you.


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