90% of people WITH a drug or alcohol problem DON’T go to rehab.
They search for a way to gain control, sometimes struggling for years, but check-in somewhere only as a last resort.
Most people with some kind of drinking or drug problem CAN stop or moderate when they have to.
The problem comes when they try to stay stopped.
According to US government figures, each year only ONE out of TEN people who have a significant substance problem goes into regular treatment. Look it up.
There are many of reasons for the unpopularity.
Rehab costs a bundle.
Takes a month (or more) away from the job and your family.
But the biggest reason people don’t go?
It’s embarrassing to admit you’ve got a problem.
The big “secret” about rehab:
It usually doesn’t work.
There’s a simple reason why it fails so often.
Come backwards in time with me a moment.
Twenty years ago, I was cornered by a terrible Fentanyl habit.
The powerful narcotic you hear so much about.
The same one found in the deaths of over 70,000 people last year.
I was an anesthesiologist in a big-city hospital, and was too embarrassed to reach out for help.
The shame of being a doctor with a drug problem is the worst.
I hid it from my boss, my coworkers, and my family.
I’d struggle through each day, promising myself I was going to stop.
But every day I’d let myself down again.
Don’t get me wrong – I wanted help – But I was too afraid of being judged to reach out for it.
Fortunately, just being a doctor opened the doors of a special program.
It was no picnic, don’t get me wrong.
The program is called Diversion, and it’s basically a second chance.
If you’re lucky enough to be accepted into it, the program lasts FIVE YEARS.
I had to prove I was serious and safe to take care of patients.
They insisted on surprise, random drug tests;confirming I was clean and sober.
Talk about embarrassing!
If you didn’t already know from news reports, regular rehab has a very poor success rate (around 10% are sober at one year).
But unlike regular rehab, the Diversion program WORKS about 85% of the time.
How can one program, the one regular people have access to, be over eight times worse than another?
Some say it’s the leverage of the license.
Others say it’s just time in the program.
I think it’s both of those, but there is a more important component too.
True, they held the loss of my medical license over me, and in the beginning, that was my focus.
But by the end of it, I didn’t even want drugs of any kind.
I even gave up drinking alcohol.
The program was tough but fair, and I learned so many important things along the way.
You probably already know this, but medical school spends almost no time on teaching doctors how to handle habits or addictions.
Most doctors don’t even want to deal with the subject because it’s so frustrating.
People get better temporarily, only to backslide and get into trouble again.
One step up and two steps back.
I’m a weird doctor in this regard, I actually like helping people with the same problem I had.
I studied more and changed my career from anesthesiology to addiction medicine.
Here’s what I learned:
Drug use and drinking are habits that can be changed.
We use substances to manage our feelings; mostly fear.
And the BIG biggie, changing any habit is an INSIDE JOB.
It’s why rehab has such a poor success rate – especially if you have problems but aren’t at rock bottom.
I got fed up with all the news reports of people dying of drug and alcohol habits.
Don’t get me wrong, some people need medical detox and inpatient treatment.
I don’t say that as an addiction specialist, but just out of common sense.
Some people are in really rough shape and they need to go in somewhere.
To them I say go and don’t wait.
But most people aren’t like that.
They have problems with drinking or drugs, but they aren’t bad enough to need to check in.
If you can stop, but you have trouble STAYING stopped, maybe you’re in this group.
That was me before things got totally out of hand.
It’s progressive, this problem of the habit.
That’s why my team and I decided to do something about it.
Fast forward to today.
Practically everyone has a smartphone, right?
You’re probably reading this letter on one right now.
If people want help to change their relationship to drinking and drugs, but they can’t, won’t or shouldn’t go to traditional treatment, why not reach them on their iPhones and Androids?
So that’s what we did.
It’s called VHAB, and it’s the opposite of rehab.
It’s private and anonymous.
It’s stupid cheap and has a money-back guarantee.
You don’t have to go away for thirty days – or for any days.
Because it’s on your smartphone.
Changing habits, especially drinking and drugs, takes time.
And anyone who’s done it will tell you it’s an inside job.
People need to know how to go about it, the practical tools.
How to deal with your boss and your family.
What to do when you feel like giving up (I felt this way a lot!)
You need expert guidance.
You need a system to help stay on track.
Not irritating alarm bells, just a little nudge from time to time.
And you don’t need to explain to anyone why you want to change.
That’s your business.
Once your life and habits look like you want them to, most people are proud of what they’ve done and they want to share it.
VHAB is a series of focused, short educational videos where I reveal to you what I’ve learned over the last twenty years. The learnings of rehab and habit science without the stigma.
Paired with the video “visits” is a daily self-check in the form of a questionnaire.
We take your responses over time and use them to show you your progress and to help keep you on track. Once we get to know your habits, we can offer better suggestions and tailored help.
I also hold private group conferences every week (Ask Me Anything’s) VHAB members.
It’s a way to have a truly anonymous support meeting since nobody sees who else is there.
They’re optional, but you should visit if you have time.
They are recorded in case you can’t make it.
If you or a loved-one is at the point of change, but you want to keep your privacy, not have to go away, or spend a fortune on help, then check out VHAB.
VHAB is not rehab, and it’s not for people who need medical help.
If you’re a person who sees the progression of your habit will eventually lead you to need medical help, why not join VHAB and see if we can help you turn things around?
I’m so confident you’ll like this new model, that we offer the first week on a 100% free trial.
If you decide it isn’t for you, simply cancel and you won’t have been charged a penny.
Remember, if you get so far down the road with the habit of drinking or drug use that you need to go to rehab, the costs are in the thousands. There is one rehab facility nearby that charges over $75,000 for a single month of rehab.
The view of the ocean is fantastic, but the cost is prohibitive for almost everyone.
Until now, and unless you were facing a real catastrophe, treatment for substance habits was limited to those who could afford both the cost and the time away from work.
No longer. We offer the best in addiction and habit change information, coupled with a private social group, and a check-in system that helps you see your own progress for an absurdly low price subscription.
It’s often less than the monthly alcohol costs for the average member.
But if you do find our approach useful and you decide to stay with us past 30 days, it’s only $99 a month. No contracts or long-term commitments. Cancel at any time.
I figure if we keep making good stuff and it’s helpful to people they’ll stay and we’ll help beat the opioid crisis and the national drinking epidemic.
To summarize the offer:
-Free to start, pay only if you love VHAB and stay with us.
-Nobody needs to know you’re exploring help to change your habits.
-Stupid-tiny fraction of the cost of rehab. (I want to help the most people possible)
-Don’t need to go away, VHAB is on your phone.
-Begin today to change your relationship to drugs or alcohol.
-Regain your self-esteem & the esteem of your family
Click the link, sign up, and begin today.
You have nothing to lose except some old, bad habits.
Best of luck and success on your journey,
Jason Giles, M.D.
Clean & Sober Twenty Years