I found the listing from the individual that rated Talbott a "failure"interesting. Talbott shows people that want to quit drinking or using drugs how to do that and how to live a life of happiness in sobriety. If someone wants to spend 91 days at a treatment center and walk out the next day and drink, they are going to do that regardless. The reason the patients some are not given access to their cars is because they are on detox medications that make driving a danger to other motorist. The reason that 2 other patients need to accomapany someone to Publix to buy food is because some patients would want to buy alcohol or other mind altering substances [cough medicine,etc] and take it back to an apartment where they live with other people in Recovery. It keeps the apartment a safe haven for people that REALLY want to Recovery from their illness. The rules that Talbott has established are to keep a safe community for people that are battling to conquer their alcoholism or drug addiction.
My journey at Talbott was wonderful. I wanted to stop drinking and snorting cocaine. I tried AA and I didn't work for me. I tried changing what I drank, where I drank but in the end no matter how hard I tried, I always ended up drunk. Talbott is called the "Harvard of Rehabs." I felt like there was always someone that I could talk to on staff that understood what I was going through. I found the apartment living to be a real gift to me because I had gotten to the point that I was alone and isolated in my drinking. The Alumni Program that Talbott has is first class. The Alumni are active and they help people once they leave Talbott to transition back into their lives. Talbott has a fantastic track record with young adults too - ages 18-27. I have seen first hand how they have taken these young people and helped them get off heroine and meth and return back to colleges & their families. It is truly heartwarming. Yes. Talbott is expensive. It is a waste of money if you don't want to get sober. Talbott is worth EVERY PENNY if you are sick of your life, tired of drinking, tired of lying, tired of hiding and tired of the shame that comes along with wanting to stop but not being sure how to do it. Addiction is not a moral problem and Talbott showed me that I am NOT a bad person because I drank - I did bad things and I hurt people I loved but Talbott's family program helps families reunite and heal. I strongly suggest drug testing once you leave the program as well. I have rarely seen a person fail, that takes this step. It helps heal the family that have been hurt by my addiction and rebuilds the trust. All those years of broken promises and lost dreams.......I found healing at Talbott. The staff is wonderful and they truly have a heart for their patients. They will not tolerate another patients sick behavior affecting the entire community -- hence - the reasons for the rules.