Rehab: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on May 21, 2018
  • The addiction treatment industry is dangerously unregulated. John Oliver explains why many rehab programs should incorporate more evidence-based care and carefully reconsider their doctor-to-horse ratio.
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  • kennyw
    kennyw 2 days ago

    That jerk-off advertising for the "Addiction Network," doesn't need to be in scrubs or a stethoscope. All they do is make referrals for a kickback. Besides, I seriously doubt he knows how to use a stethoscope! What a pathetic ploy on gullible Americans that fall for that shit.

  • S Tap
    S Tap 2 days ago

    lol good on bush

  • Eric Troxell
    Eric Troxell 3 days ago

    thank you for the first, and ONLY honest information i have ever heard about rehab centers. i work at a fast food place in central pa. my boss is a recovered addict and we often hire people in these programs to help them get back on their feet. sadly, we ve had sad/bad endings for a few, but also, thank God, some success stories. most disturbing for us, is we had a guy who knew he was NOT ready to go back home and he told his counselors over n over n over but they said "nope, you gotta go". he went home, fell back into drugs and died not even 2 months after he left us. no one would listen or help him.

  • Dreaming of Chicago
    Dreaming of Chicago 4 days ago


  • Samantha Ellwood
    Samantha Ellwood 4 days ago

    Dear Evan Hansen life in rehab is alright-

  • Janine Bowen
    Janine Bowen 4 days ago +1

    John Oliver is hilarious - this segment included - but his one-sided comedy monologue supported by biased clips geared only to elicit outrage without addressing any of the complex issues related to drug and alcohol addiction is manipulative. I’ve seen this in many of his shows and I think John Oliver needs to do a show on John Oliver - Manipulator of the Masses.

  • Alina Robello
    Alina Robello 4 days ago +1

    Equine therapy is one of the best evidence based treatments, but not for addiction. It’s more beneficial for things like depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc. it’s not meant for addiction unless it’s used to help address the underlying cause of the addiction. Plus it sure as hell doesn’t work if you don’t like animals😂

  • bjbrownbob
    bjbrownbob 4 days ago

    Please tell me this guy representing Cliffside Malibu is a patient?!?🤔😬 WTH!!!😠😠😡

  • Precious Is Lit
    Precious Is Lit 5 days ago +1

    lmaooooo the horse dude was he still alive? He should be a comedian

  • Hohenstuafen
    Hohenstuafen 5 days ago

    As someone who works for a drug and alcohol service in the uk. And yeah the main problem with rehab is it creates a fantasy like atmosphere where nothing can go wrong. And since alot of addicts initially became addicts because shit was going wrong. You can see the problem when they get out. The best method currently is a reduction over time on most subdtances. Except for opioids which pretty much always requires OST due to the nature of opioid addiction. But then also every one reacts differently to different treatments. Some alcoholics need to detox due to high level of dependency on alcohol.
    Basically my point is, its not simple enough to be solved with fucking ponies

  • Tedula1134
    Tedula1134 5 days ago

    As someone who had an addiction problem i can not over state how disgusting this is and how glad i am there is some voice on television, paid cable or not, who is talking about it. I've seen too many friends die for this not to be a bigger issue. Especially since opioids are a crisis but immigrants and asylum seekers are a national emergency.

  • A Pove
    A Pove 5 days ago

    Casual drinkers are now alcoholics. Not joking. And they can take your kids away from you to give to the ex. And I’m talking about casual drinker. It’s the moral problem predicted

    pSEUDO bEAST 6 days ago +1

    Thank you so much for this. I worked in treatment for over 10 years and had to eventually leave out of disgust for how exploitive and corrupt it has become. Getting sober does not cost $30 - 100k.

  • Space Dragon
    Space Dragon 6 days ago +5

    "What's the doctor-to-horse ratio in there" has severe John Mulaney energy

  • shrimp19921
    shrimp19921 7 days ago

    That was the worst answer that could have been given

  • William H. Baird
    William H. Baird 10 days ago +1

    Dirty Scammers milking the most vulnerable Americans. Disgusting!

  • Movie Melee
    Movie Melee 12 days ago

    Rehab institutions are very similar to how proprietary schools work.

  • Michael Colen
    Michael Colen 12 days ago +2

    As someone from South Florida, I have to say that we do not die that often, maybe once a week, max.

  • Moumanti Podder
    Moumanti Podder 12 days ago

    John Oliver, you are a true saviour... illuminating the world with knowledge we would otherwise fumble and fail to extricate...

  • chiefdancingostriche
    chiefdancingostriche 13 days ago

    when you said "metal dog", k-9 growled.

  • Tom Underwood
    Tom Underwood 15 days ago

    That PSA makes me wanna do drugs wtf 😂

  • Jason Tempel
    Jason Tempel 16 days ago

    Substituting big pharma drugs for street dope is no solution to addiction! Follow The Money

  • Please Stop
    Please Stop 16 days ago

    that is fucking sickening that addicts can't fully trust rehab.

  • Rachel Reisinger
    Rachel Reisinger 19 days ago

    Blue ridge mountain recovery center in Ball Ground, Georgia (outside of Atlanta) is an amazing facility. They use 12 step, DBT, group, and individual therapy to help addicts learn how to live sober. Almost all of the staff there is in recovery themselves. We sent my fiancé there after a long, hard search. It’s expensive, but honestly, I’d send him there again in a heartbeat. They understand so much about what the patient as well as the family are going through. They answer questions thoroughly and offer counseling and support for the families as well. It took us a long time to find them, but I truly feel like we found a family there.

  • Glasses&Mouthplates
    Glasses&Mouthplates 19 days ago +2

    Plot twist: Turns out Cliffside Malibu guy was just hallucinating about having actual patients in his building. Later then, he himself was sent to a rehab.

  • Lutz Herting
    Lutz Herting 19 days ago

    Meanwhile in Germany, Rehab is:
    #1 Paid for by the mandatory health insurance
    #2 Done in a mental hospital
    #3 By actual Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists
    #4 With following outpatient therapy after you leave the hospital

  • J Villena
    J Villena 19 days ago

    That is why health insurance is so expensive

  • Jae Papa
    Jae Papa 20 days ago

    Everything has a bottom line, it’s someone making money 💰 off of your religion, school, and your life.😞 Life is what you make of it and what it throws at you. Be strong and move forward. Your stronger than you realize

    AGENT X SECURITY 23 days ago +1


  • Raging Clue
    Raging Clue 24 days ago

    The juice cleanse... lol

  • J. Adkins
    J. Adkins 26 days ago

    👏👏👏👏👏👏 Well said, Mr. Oliver and very true.

  • Leafus Antiquas
    Leafus Antiquas 26 days ago

    michigan does have a license requirement. Or am i missing something,4671,7-180-24785-81061--,00.html

  • Teresa Fuller
    Teresa Fuller 26 days ago +1

    i haven't seen a rehab, yet, that didn't want you roped in on the methadone/subutex/suboxone money suck

    • Jason Tempel
      Jason Tempel 16 days ago

      Substituting the big pharma dope for street dope is no solution to addiction! Follow The Money

  • Scott Childs
    Scott Childs 26 days ago

    13:26 hey it’s Barry McCockiner

  • CMC
    CMC 27 days ago +2

    I have an addiction problem myself. I love John Oliver. John Oliver shares the correct information about so many topics. I'm happy this man exists. He's helped me through a lot of problems in my life.

  • Marc Whinery
    Marc Whinery 27 days ago

    I want to go to the Hootspital with double-horses.

  • Axis
    Axis 27 days ago

    Of course the guy at Cliffside is a muscle headed douchebag.

  • Monika the cycle-path
    Monika the cycle-path 28 days ago +2

    I reckon King Midas is a guy who pisses liquid gold.

  • asherael
    asherael 28 days ago

    I uh.... I'd really like a copy of "Napping with the Devil: *Please* stop doing heroin" I uh... really think it could turn some lives around. It's that chucklehunk therapy, man.

  • asherael
    asherael 28 days ago

    What the hell happened to humanity and the telephone. It's just the phone, it's not... complicated... to talk on it.

  • John Wang
    John Wang 28 days ago

    So if I take in six people with insurance and have them pee regularly, I would make $2.3 million a year?

  • Mike Thomas
    Mike Thomas 28 days ago

    Formula = detox in doctor's care, begin 12 step program.

  • Alex N
    Alex N 29 days ago

    We really do live in horrible world with A LOT of fucking horrible people.

    MR. UNIVERSE 29 days ago

    I live in Miami Florida and... I'm not in a body bag... Yet.

  • Kingturboturtle The Semi-Aquatic Potato

    4 people give birth at the rehab center

  • Der Graueherr
    Der Graueherr Month ago

    So medication is a Smart alternative to rehab, did i get that right?🤔
    Depends on who payed to make this Statement.

  • No-Conspiracy No-Jobs

    There is no addiction, just brainwash you are

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  • jacksputrid
    jacksputrid Month ago

    I like you way more than Seth Myers

  • Elizabeth Feldman
    Elizabeth Feldman Month ago

    Preach. I have insurance, fuck 12 steps (if it helps you that truly is wonderful, I find it useless for me), I need other medication. My therapist tried to get me help, and he was told in front of me that they are under-staffed and can't. He asked me to try to tough it out, or hospitalize myself by committing to a psych ward. I'm obviously not doing that, I just hope I can hold it together until I get back on meds.

  • Richie Adams
    Richie Adams Month ago

    I don't think addiction can easily be called a disease. I was addicted to opiates for years and when I was withdrawing I never said "damn this disease", more like why did I let myself take it this far? I did need medical treatment to help me get through detox but I never considered it a disease.

  • Ulquiorra Cifer
    Ulquiorra Cifer Month ago

    The way America handles this problem is pathetic. Instead of unregulated rehab based off a capitalist model, we should have government funded fact-based practices in order to get addicts off of their respective drug. However, even in a developed country like the U.S, there is still debate on whether or not we should treat drug offenders as full blown criminals who are responsible for their actions. We criminalize and imprison them, not solving the real problem.

  • Wykius
    Wykius Month ago

    Best advice ive ever got but never followed: Just say NO!"

  • James P
    James P Month ago

    Gawd, all those people who run rehabs are total douchebags! (Bro!)

  • BellA Loves
    BellA Loves Month ago

    When one of the guys in the photo at the beginning is one of the top English Animation voice actors “no John I don’t think he is at his lowest point in life” 😂

  • Gnossienne N
    Gnossienne N Month ago

    I actually like this show but every shitty joke attempt makes me cringe so fucking hard :C

  • partho dbarma
    partho dbarma Month ago +1

    I'm going to see these kind of thing very soon in my home town as my youths are seen addict drugs these days.

  • Scotland Dobson
    Scotland Dobson Month ago

    The Cliffside owner was totally on drugs

  • Rob Zombie
    Rob Zombie Month ago

    Seams like some of these rehab places are in it for the money and not in helping people

  • kirby march barcena
    kirby march barcena Month ago +3

    Rehabilitation of addicts should be continuous even after leaving the rehab center.

  • Samantha Darling
    Samantha Darling Month ago

    I was in rehab a day when I was 16. It wasn't for drugs so it's not exactly the same. Somebody said to my mom "she is too sad to be here".
    I'm not fucking kidding. You know what? It was true. I felt much better in the hospital BEFORE going and afterward. I was the youngest person in there and I could only see my mom an hour. The idea of going back scared me so much.
    Rehab can help I really believe that but there's problems.

  • Michele P
    Michele P Month ago

    Thank you, thank you for this, John Oliver! Great job bringing deserved shame to our federal and state governments for not regulating these facilities who prey on families in crisis, fear, and sorrow.

  • Michael Heath
    Michael Heath Month ago

    It simply doesn't work..."sending" someone to Rehab is a waste of time- an addict can only drag themselves from point A to point B when life has finally kicked the shit out of them enough times. I speak from experience.
    After inheriting my childhood home and selling it, moving to Brooklyn, and spending perhaps 50-60,000 dollars on fifty bags of heroin a day for a year, running out of cash, getting a job but still spending what I was making on heroin, getting fired, then evicted, then moving onto a good friend's couch in Manhattan, then getting summarily kicked out a few months later when I snuck back to Brooklyn to do heroin "one last time" (and it actually really was the last time, wonder of wonders), which, on top of the alcohol I'd consumed before getting the bright idea to go cop in Brooklyn, made me so incredibly, incoherently fucked up I don't remember much about that night- I woke up at 5am, having passed out in the hallway on another floor of our nice doorman building, right in some total stranger's doorway, and staggered back to the apartment to see my friend waiting for me holding the syringe I had used in the bathroom the night before- the heroin and the alcohol synergised and made me both staggeringly high and staggeringly drunk- that is, if I could have stood up I would have staggered- after shooting up I must have been "gone" for awhile, because I left the syringe, used and uncovered, on the bathmat. He screamed at me for an hour and threw me out. That night I was sitting on the sidewalk with a few belongings and nowhere to sleep. It was February 2012 and freezing and that finally did it. I realized, finally, that there was absolutely NO WAY I could live a satisfying, healthy, productive life while still doing ALL the drugs I wanted to, which was ALL of them. An epiphany to me, but something those spending the previous 15 years observing me as I lurched from drug-induced crisis to drug-induced crisis could and probably did tell me all the time. But it had to come from the inside-out. Now I've been clean for seven years. It's not as though I stopped in time to prevent my life from becoming a smoking crater of failure and doom, but there are lots of reasons for that. (Drugs are NEVER the ONLY problem an addict is dealing with- they're just part of the way they're attempting to cope with whatever shit-sandwich life may or may not have served them.) But, they're one less thing.
    My point however is that it can't be forced. Addiction is like a virus in that one either recovers from it or dies. Court-ordered rehab doesn't work, (unless having a court send them to rehab IS the personal breaking-point of that particular addict). It also rather pisses me off that attendance at Alcoholics and/or Narcotics Anonymous meetings has been court-enforced to the exclusion of other means- therapists and drug-counselors have to attend meetings as part of their training, and it's always presented as the only way, and repeated by people with no experience in the matter. What if you're a free-thinker who gets annoyed surrounded by people who constantly spout trite AA slogans? What if you don't believe in a "higher power"? I've seen people attempt to force themselves to believe in it out of group pressure. AA may work for lots of people despite it being in MANY ways a quasi-religious cult. It's hard to ignore this fact. Here's a slogan or two: "Live and let live" "Take what you need from the program and leave what you don't". They should be qualified. I couldn't do the fourth step. "I will conduct a deep and searching moral inventory". Sounds pretty simple. If taken literally it sounds like one is expected to well, deeply search their moral inventory and come to terms with their moral failings and what caused them and what resulted from them and how they've affected you as an alcoholic. THAT I would consider worth doing. But in practice, the fourth step is known colloquially as "resentments"- as in, "Did you list your resentments yet?" The "searching moral inventory" is nothing of the kind. In practice the way you complete it is by making a list of everyone and every thing you resent and/or have resented in your life, because 1930s Christian pop-psychology that has never been updated insists. I told my sponsor that I was happy to do a deep and searching moral inventory, but that wracking my brain for days or weeks to remember everything in life that's pissed me off would, I knew, only serve to make me depressed and anxious for weeks, angrily turning over in my mind crap that might've happened a decade ago. I suffer from depression and anxiety so I would know, and I declined to light that fuse. My sponsor's reply was, "That's all YOUR shit." Obviously, but what happened to "Live and let live"? and "Take what you need and leave the rest"? (It SHOULD finish, "....except for about a hundred non-negotiables.") My sponsor thought the mislabelled fourth step was the hill to die on, and dropped me.

  • Canadian Aussie
    Canadian Aussie Month ago

    Is it nor cheaper to buy a horse and keep it in back yard

  • Scorch428
    Scorch428 Month ago +1

    5k for a urine test? What to they mix it with to test?? A block of fucking GOLD??

  • Scorch428
    Scorch428 Month ago +1

    Most people cant afford 20 bucks for another hit....$73,000? Is that some kind of joke??

  • Scorch428
    Scorch428 Month ago +1

    So many people WANT to quit, but the pain is unreal...its easily 10x as much pain as the most pain youve ever felt in your life...and it gets worse from there..most cant take 24 hours, let alone the week it takes...They need more pain relievers like methadone to help people...and make it EASIER to get.

  • Scorch428
    Scorch428 Month ago +1

    They wont even admit you unless you have opiates in your system. So for somoene like me who is addicted to a legal opioid that doesnt show up on tests, I have to go out and shoot heroin if I want to get methadone. Its so fucked up. Im not doing that....theres many ppl in the same situation as me...

  • Thats no Moon!
    Thats no Moon! Month ago +1

    Rehabs are HORSE SHIT no pun intended , I've been clean 4 years from Heroin now done the fl shuffle and have seen the stupidity of equine therapy , the insane bullshit therapy they gave me I had to do it through AA and GOD and ALOT of self change (not motivation)

  • Psyko
    Psyko Month ago

    The bald guy in the glasses was high off his face.

  • Joe Rogan
    Joe Rogan Month ago

    Funny cuz Rehab’s made me seem like the failure especially when speaking to loved ones about me

  • Matt F
    Matt F Month ago

    Compare the rate of spontaneous remission to any rehab or aa (real numbers, not what they say in interviews or ads), if it’s lower, and it always is, you could say that rehab has the opposite effect and entices people to relapse, if left alone they would have a better chance of recovery.

  • varun009
    varun009 Month ago +1

    If you're a young man and in decent physical condition (meaning you have no incorrectable muskulotelal problems) join the USMC. Best thing that's ever happened to me. I haven't had a drink in 3 years, I have beautiful neice and nephew now and I couldn't be happier. I understand that I can't get married and have kids because of my condition but at least I'm happy. Gotta play life with the cards you've been dealt. For me, having children would be a selfish move.

    • Nia M.
      Nia M. 21 day ago

      I have my doubts about your story, Marines themselves joke about DUIs being a common problem...

    • varun009
      varun009 Month ago

      +Jim M. I'm sorry, have you been in the military? I guess not. Someone should get you a ball-gag and a laxitive. You're full of shit and it's all coming out the wrong end.

  • varun009
    varun009 Month ago

    Alcohol is a drug...

  • Mike Iervolino
    Mike Iervolino Month ago +1

    "no idea" and "80 percent"

  • Nunya Bizness
    Nunya Bizness Month ago +15

    "What's the doctor to horse ratio like in there?"

  • strangebrew420
    strangebrew420 Month ago

    Try an ibogaine treatment. Also look up “marketers” for rehab. Shit is like human trafficking

  • John Hargis Sr
    John Hargis Sr Month ago +1

    Surprised Oliver didn't order a federal review of Cliffside and post it on this report. The man is clearly slacking off....SMH

  • BeTechSmart
    BeTechSmart Month ago

    There's no f'ing way he dossn't say ciao! Lollll

  • Brian Ferry
    Brian Ferry Month ago

    Addiction is such a disease that you don’t need any certifications to treat it. Either we all know deep down that it’s a choice, or this has been somehow completely overlooked by nearly every governing body of medicine.

  • Michael Laverty
    Michael Laverty Month ago

    So friend's are any of you beginning to see a pattern here ? The cycle of economic wealth generator's where the flow of cash is directly up . The Phony "War On Drugs" that actually doesn't occur till the Drug's reach Main street America Or your street where law enforcement is allowed to jack your home your car your bank account , then we have the Private Prison corporation's who gain "Bigly" after which you check into a "Rehab" that get's millions per year just for urine screens while across the state the company you used to work for is packing up for the move oversea's so that when you get out the house you thought was your's is now in forecloser because you can't find a good full time job that pay's enough for you to live on but hey look on the bright side your clean & sober right ? We are looked upon as debit vessels period ..Our infrastructure failing "Bigly" Our Federal Government has been rendered completely oblivious and useless to the need's of the people or Country for that matter , Our own Local & State Law enforcement today flat out murders unarmed american's over simple V&T violation's Local Narcotics task force raid's into the innocent and wrong home's end's with innocent home owners being killed . Cops get called to your home today and your dog is barking they kill it because they were quote in fear for there life .. Yea I'd say we were seeing the end time's how about you . whee do you think it goes from here ?

  • jade hurd
    jade hurd Month ago

    I'm literally leaving for Florida right now

    • Thats no Moon!
      Thats no Moon! Month ago

      Stick with AA AND GOD and real self change once u get down here I've got 4 years now rehab will only help at the 1st maybe 2nd time after that it's a waste

    • Thats no Moon!
      Thats no Moon! Month ago

      Good luck to you just stick with AA AND GOD AND REAL SELF CHANGE (NOTA MOTIVATION) bc that's all bs start running working out and praying (I started out an atheist)

  • Lordfinessse
    Lordfinessse Month ago +1


  • kung Few
    kung Few Month ago

    The other problem is employers test for methadone and when they find out they usually find an excuse to fire you.

  • David de Juan Navarro

    I wonder what happened to this show, it used to be funny

  • David Knox
    David Knox Month ago

    aa is free.

  • Marsh Wetland
    Marsh Wetland Month ago

    And it's the same in Canada. News to me. Guess Amy was right.

  • Hate Is Love
    Hate Is Love Month ago +5

    Happy to be in first world country.
    Finland, free rehab and now on buprenorphine.
    U.S is going in to a sad direction.

  • Cael Gumz
    Cael Gumz Month ago +1

    Here is an idea I saw online: give your kids a love of board games so that they can’t afford drugs

  • Ed McInnis
    Ed McInnis Month ago

    "Addictions are at crisis levels"....100% of addiction counselors surveyed stated DO NOT LEGALIZE, DECRIMINALIZE, or NORMALIZE use of Marijuana...liberals response? Marijuana is not a gateway drug. Hypocrisy....more hypocrisy

  • Iain Andersen
    Iain Andersen Month ago

    I knew some one who went thru rehab came home and bludgeoned there mother to death

  • sjewitt22
    sjewitt22 Month ago

    AA/NA etc are also a real problem religious crap dressed up as science.

  • drake batelaan
    drake batelaan Month ago

    Shoulda covered the story of my friend Donavan Doyle. He was murdered by the staff at his rehab center in California

    • makina muerte
      makina muerte Month ago

      Oh stfu. Get your own news show n cover it yourself... n he ran out into the snow n died from hypothermia. How is that "murder" gtfo.

  • Rebeca S
    Rebeca S Month ago

    It's not free will to cure an addiction, but most of the work has to be put in by you, and that motivation will not come if you don't truly love yourself. I think in order to make rehab more efficient, seeing your own therapist simultaneously is necessary. Understanding the root of your problems will make things much easier in terms of healing.

  • MIKE pi
    MIKE pi Month ago

    The 2nd ad is always playing on MLB network while I try to catch a game or a recap that fucking ad would show up, like I can almost memorise that bitch

  • ?
    ? Month ago

    Maybe just let drug addicts die?

  • william w
    william w Month ago

    Just because addiction is a disease doesn't mean that rehab is cure. Unfortunately after working at a rehab facility its treatment is mostly pseudoscience.

  • John Rivera
    John Rivera Month ago

    How are there thousands of dislikes? This is accurate quality reporting.

  • nini quint
    nini quint Month ago

    I love you John Oliver. You are the Last Unicorn. We should get married only I don't marry white men. #thirdsentencejoke

  • Paige Lewis
    Paige Lewis Month ago

    Y'all should do a show on inpatient mental health care... Particularly the United health services Inc who own lots and lots of inpatient facilities around the US