Google Shuts Down Addiction Treatment Ads

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If you haven’t ever had to deal with addiction, or had anyone you love deal with it, you may not give a second thought to the news that Google AdWords is blocking addiction rehab ads. Google recently made a decision to stop addiction treatment centers from advertising  in an effort to thwart illegitimate addiction treatment centers from advertising their services, which were illegal.

However, in stopping the ads, Google stopped ALL addiction treatment centers from advertising their services. So now, when a person searches for help, they see results for websites that have call centers that send people to the highest bidding “rehab.”

To make matters worse, Google is continuing to sell ads to pharmaceutical companies. Of course, addiction treatment is only a $35 billion industry compared to Big Pharm at $610 billion.

Please take a moment and sign our petition on change.org asking Google to allow advertising for addiction treatment and if you feel compelled, please share with others. For more information on this issue, you can find the full story at FullCircleSEM.com.

More than 90 American die each day from opioid overdose. We agree that there needs to be a change, but blocking sponsored posts during this national epidemic is not the answer. We need to provide reliable help to people in need – not limit their options.

SpringBoard Recovery has a history of excellence, but don’t just take our word for it, as we have been awarded the The Joint Commission’s National Quality Approval. The Joint Commission (or JCAHO) is the international benchmark for quality in the healthcare industry, and we’re proud to be recognized by such a prestigious organization.

Sources:

  1. Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323465
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states/types-treatment-programs
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/what-drug-addiction-treatment
  4. Pharmaceutical Technology: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/features/top-ten-pharma-companies-in-2020/
  5. change.org: https://www.change.org/p/google-inc-google-allow-addiction-treatment-advertising
  6. Full Circle SEM: https://fullcirclesem.com/google-pr-stunt-feeds-opioid-crisis-threatens-small-businesses/
  7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/index.html
  8. National Institute on Drug Abuse: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates
  9. The Joint Commission: https://www.jointcommission.org/

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WRITTEN BY ROBERT CASTAN
OCTOBER 25, 2017

Robert Castan is a member of the Executive Leadership Team at SpringBoard Recovery. Robert started his professional career as a house manager and has become an industry leader and trusted voice in the treatment world. He brings extensive knowledge of organizational growth, industry-leading outcomes, and comprehensive marketing to SpringBoard Recovery. Robert has been walking his own path of recovery for over 10 years. This path has truly driven his ambition to help make treatment available to others who are struggling with addiction. Robert finds great joy in traveling and keeping physically active, with an emphasis on biking. Robert resides in Arizona with his husband and two four-legged children.   The U.S. Alcohol Crisis, Still Deadlier Than the Opioid Epidemic   Zombies and Other Future Threats to the Health of American Youth Dire Mental Health: A Catalyst for Post-Pandemic Drug Addiction The Benefits of Rehab Center Staff Working Their Own Recovery Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Robert Castan on Successful Addiction Treatment and Entrepreneurship Castan: The road less traveled of addiction & recovery in Scottsdale Opioids & COVID Driving Phoenix’s Rising Fatal Drug Overdoses Opinion: The Opioid Crisis + COVID-19 = The Perfect Storm Successful Addiction Treatment Programs & Entrepreneurship

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