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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  • Jaehoon Jeong
    Jaehoon Jeong 2 hours ago

    "I don't even f***ing like horses."

  • Julie W.
    Julie W. 5 hours ago

    I'm truly disgusted. Insurance pays them huge money, and they STILL charge huge fees. They lie about their success rate, and they have no scruples - clearly.

  • Julie W.
    Julie W. 5 hours ago

    Cliffside is CLEARLY a rip-off.

  • omsnaga
    omsnaga 7 hours ago

    A.A and Al-anon is for free and it worked for me. Just make sure you find a group with lots of sponsors and people who seem to be happy, joyful and free. If they seem so happy that you feel they'd never understand you- you've come to the right place.
    The only thing you need is willingness to change and an open mind.

  • omsnaga
    omsnaga 7 hours ago

    I wonder if all the dislikes comes from disliking the problem? Because this is sharp as hell. You get my like, sir!

  • Pipaho
    Pipaho Day ago

    "drugs or alcohol" but alcohol is a drug

  • sappho's恋人
    sappho's恋人 Day ago

    bold of you to assume c3po isn't a raging homosexual

  • The Emiester
    The Emiester 2 days ago +1

    The one thing harder than having an eight minute phone call, is John Oliver's dick when he made that joke

  • Asteri
    Asteri 2 days ago

    lets not get started on the whole stigma around addiction that causes addicts to fear telling the truth out of fear of loosing their jobs and spiraling out if control.
    you also cannot help someone who doesn't want help which can also lead to ufortunate circumstances.
    what was used to be thought of the way to end addiction ( the whole "i hate this i quit") is now called a "miraculous recovery", miraculous being the keyword, and while it does happen its incredibally rare and anyone who tries it is in a world of pain or even death from the worst of withdrawals. thats a reason why recovery is so hard. withdrawal- depending on the drug and the addict- can be anywhere from hot flashes and dizziness to seizures and death.

  • Perla Venegas
    Perla Venegas 2 days ago

    Lol knew a Lvn who works there stays high ,goes to work loaded!!! Its a joke and a breach of Duty!!!!

  • Kieran Saul
    Kieran Saul 2 days ago

    Every John Oliver story seems to end with "we need more expertise and oversight because right now the system is run by greedy profiteers or incompetent idiots who don't know what the FUCK they're doing".

  • C M
    C M 2 days ago

    Ya $73 000 dollars isn't a lot of money says the steroid raging moron wearing the designer clothes and sunglasses. Fucking poser cunt.

  • The Fake Dragon
    The Fake Dragon 2 days ago

    Privatised healthcare is always a bad idea, but when you start to look into some of the absolutely hideous abuses visited upon people desperate for help with their addictions by the private treatment industry it is frightening. Some of the activities of these organizations are committing crimes at best being fraud, to the worst amounting to medically negligent homicide in their treatment of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Remember when you look at someone who has a drug/alcohol problem to see the PERSON first, not the addiction

  • Kimberly Ball
    Kimberly Ball 2 days ago

    Thank you for talking about this. I am a recovering addict. I go to an outpatient facility where I've remained clean for the last 4 years. My insurance wouldn't pay for this so I pay out out of pocket. Luckily I am in a position that I can do that. I pray for anyone who has this problem!

  • Steve Matthews
    Steve Matthews 2 days ago

    Meth is the funnest drug !!

  • ainsley exe
    ainsley exe 2 days ago

    the privatization and corporatization of medical centres like hospitals, rehabs, and mental health clinics/inpatient homes need to stop. not all, but many owners of these are taking advantage of troubled and disenfranchised people and milking them for their money until they have nothing left. half of these don't even do anything and aren't medically backed in any way, they are just sticking addicts into a cycle of recovery, relapse, recovery, relapse, etc. this is why i hate capitalism.

  • wondersmith
    wondersmith 3 days ago

    ... where did John/his team get that Dave and Busters photo at the beginning?? Because, and I'm well aware that this couldn't possibly be further from the point of the video but I swear that that's Todd Haberkorn in the photo

  • Renato Corvaro
    Renato Corvaro 3 days ago

    Less horses, more glue.

  • Charles A Townsend
    Charles A Townsend 3 days ago

    So a horse goes into a bar... the bartender asks why the long face... the horse says I went to rhab to give up drinking and they let a guy stroke me...
    it's not working... so I'll have a beer... The bar tender poors a beer then asks, so what went wrong?
    Well, lets just say The Rehab center needs to define stroke the horse...

  • Zer0
    Zer0 4 days ago

    Being able to relate to this is simply crushing. I've battled with addiction for years, wound up in multiple hospitals, and rehab facilities. Today, yeah, I still drink heavily. It's hard because my group of friends like to drink socially and we like to hang out together. Saying "just stop it" definitely doesn't work.

  • Gorrety Adede
    Gorrety Adede 4 days ago

    It worries me that even after initiating REHABILITATIONS there are still those who dislike....What do people want then?It makes me wonder.This is the best way of Managing Mental Illnesses after going through Psychiatric Hospitals rather than being confined in some chains like people whove completely lost it, stigmatization of the highest order. Furthermore it prevents the many episodes of RELAPSETRUST me ,in this day and age, Its sicker not having panic attacks. Since when did pretending everything is OKAY suddenly become the almighty NORM?#FOODFORTHOUGHT

  • Austin Hyde
    Austin Hyde 5 days ago

    What really needs to change, is society's definition of what a drug is... Along with the realization that differing pathways of life exist, and work for different people. To identify the qualities in another that are viewed as negative in regards to the current paradigm, while to them, the paradigm which is is a negative one...
    Not only that, the medical industry is so focused on the data from the statistics, that they can't even see that people who qualify under the title of "Dad" are totally different people, have different families, and to then categorize everyone and treat everyone under the title of "Dad" the same, is ridiculous...
    The side effects of a culture and how it either accepts or ostracizes an experience, in essence, creates much more side effects that would otherwise be non present within the utilization of many things, from substances, to playing a board game with a certain group of people and then with another, the biochemical experience within your body that is expressed within each scenario shown within your attitude toward the experience, and what it entailed, is the effect of the experience that then is carried with you after it.
    So many negative connotations of words, where those with the voice to speak are the ones being heard, and those remaining silent think that that's what everyone thinks, when those that are talking, are the ones that aren't doing anything else but talking, so they have no room to talk, and do not in any way represent what is...

  • IntermediateJesus
    IntermediateJesus 6 days ago

    Addiction is actually more like a complex psychological problem. Curing someone from it is like curing a personality disorder. It has deep roots in neuroplastically conditioned behaviour. Basically, you grow up. Your normal state is feeling like absolute shit, you try this new thing, a drug maybe, and you don't feel like shit. Your brain goes "huh...I guess...not feeling like shit is better than feeling like shit...this will be my go to the next time I feel like shit...and now that I'm coming down from it I feel like shit but even moreso than before soo I'll guess I'll do more drugs"
    Pretty much like that in an endless feedback loop. It's not the drugs themselves but the reason you feel like shit in the first place that needs to be addressed!

  • Christobanistan GoogleSuckIt

    Lived in Florida 9 months. First day I saw a druggie lying flat on the pavement, head exploded. Apparently stumbled out on the road and got run over. Second say I saw another dead body on the highway, some addict people were saying. It's so common nobody even pays attention anymore.

  • yung noodle
    yung noodle 7 days ago

    I remember when my cousin prank called ‘The Addiction Network’ to say he had an addiction to BDSM porn and instantly hung up.

  • pkramerable
    pkramerable 7 days ago

    Thanks for your attention to this. Great work.

  • K Lee
    K Lee 9 days ago

    I’ve been in several rehabilitation programs over the years, and I couldn’t agree more.

  • acnyc 11
    acnyc 11 9 days ago

    This segment needs a part 2&3 So many questions remain

  • eleanor
    eleanor 9 days ago

    well i sure hope bojack is ok

  • Owen Brady
    Owen Brady 10 days ago

    No wonder American health care is so expensive when it covers things like this. Seems like there's no accountability anywhere, everyone is just trying to rip off everyone else.

  • Lajos Fidy
    Lajos Fidy 10 days ago

    ooooor you could google a bit more and read google reviews

  • The Lemming
    The Lemming 10 days ago

    Support the death of humanity

  • John Porudy
    John Porudy 12 days ago

    I like how I saw the rehab commercial on a cartoon block

    SCOUNDREL 13 days ago

    All rehabs are about life changing reforms, replacing bad habits and user triggers with positive thinking, spiritual, family and friend support groups. It doesn't really matter where you go if YOU are serious you can quit. You may not quit the first time just don't ever give up or give in, please.

  • Salaar Akbar
    Salaar Akbar 13 days ago +2

    I'm afraid to acknowledge that Dr. Phil has repeatedly endorsed Cliffside Malibu and sent his patients there, some as young as 15

    • DrK OnBass
      DrK OnBass Day ago

      Was wondering if that's one he's recommended. Maybe they've been taken over by a new group? He's only started sending them there recently, hasn't he? Strange..

  • Gregorie Schmitt
    Gregorie Schmitt 13 days ago

    I don't agree with alot ot what Oliver has to say, but He is hilarious. He hit the nail right on the head with this one. As someone who could relate to it, he was spot on. Good work Mr. Oliver.

  • Kaili Yap
    Kaili Yap 14 days ago

    oml I see that add ALL THE TIME 😂😂

  • Kyto Bytes
    Kyto Bytes 15 days ago

    Yea most rehab facilities are purely religious or spiritual based. They have you read the bible, do church, study the bible in free time, etc.... its just ridiculous. I've heard the centers in my area have about a 2% success rate, my dad for example is the only person who is still sober out of the 30+ people he was in rehab with, most of whom were back at it within a year. Only 2 made it passed 3 years, and he hit his 4th year alone.
    This is a serious issue, if we used science our succes rate would jump up.

  • Joshua Bormes
    Joshua Bormes 15 days ago

    The horse guy is my new favorite person

    • jlewers92
      jlewers92 14 days ago

      Was your favorite person :( rip

  • agogobell28
    agogobell28 15 days ago

    There’s a horse loose in a hospital!

  • John
    John 16 days ago

    Holy shit, America is one messed up country!

  • Rochops Qwerty
    Rochops Qwerty 17 days ago

    Richard taite seems waaaaaayyyyyyy to close to dick taint

  • Melanie Hale
    Melanie Hale 17 days ago

    John Oliver, how are you always so insightful? 🤔 Why is it so hard for the rest of the country to understand? You get it, but our leaders are blind to it. 😤😤😤😤

  • Bernice J. Fitzpatrick

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  • ronnie sexton
    ronnie sexton 17 days ago

    12 step programs do not work.

  • markponicki
    markponicki 17 days ago +1

    How many marijuana users go to rehab and have to go back more than once? (Let alone the first time?)

  • talkandramble
    talkandramble 18 days ago

    If these issues exist in rehabs, then where should they go to find treatment?

    IMMINOSUS 18 days ago

    The dude from the "addiction network" is the architect student that George costanza wanted to sponser 😂😂😂

  • Flippin Flitz
    Flippin Flitz 18 days ago

    John Oliver should do a segment on Residential Treatment Centers for struggling adolescents, I’m in one and I think that people should know more about them in a light hearted way, and I think it is so important

  • Brandon Ramos
    Brandon Ramos 20 days ago

    My friend died too. 2 weeks ago, heroin overdose. RIP to all the ones we've lost.

  • Mr. Scuz
    Mr. Scuz 20 days ago

    how tf are urine tests worth so much? these tests cost nothing more than 10 dollars probably less if they buy them in bulk
    they are making 15.000% profit on these.

  • Daniel J. Nickolas
    Daniel J. Nickolas 20 days ago

    As someone who went to two rehab facilities, I can attest to the accuracy of this video. Rehab programs mean well but don't accomplish much. My true rehab was not taking on the identity of a lifetime addict, but facing and being honest about the underlying issues that led me to abuse substances. The idea that you are always an addict is a money making scheme.

  • Citizen I
    Citizen I 20 days ago +1

    Where can I get $1,500 for a few ounces of piss?! I will literally *steal* the piss out of a homeless bum’s dick for $1,500!

  • priyawrat Sharma
    priyawrat Sharma 21 day ago

    God damn he is funny , sometimes i just listen to him and not even see the video cuz he has this generic British boi voice which calms me down.

  • Astro Wolvez
    Astro Wolvez 23 days ago

    God i hate that rehab commercial, that guy looks like he just stepped off of a porn set.

  • Strazdas
    Strazdas 23 days ago

    The reason why battling addiction is hard is because it is genetic. There are 48 genes that are known to affect personality and increase addictiveness. Whether its drugs, workaholism, unheathy obsession with a hobby, these genes are the ones being triggered, Normally people have around 15 of 48 of the genes active. Drug addicts average between 25 and 28.

  • Ghost
    Ghost 23 days ago

    I love this show
    It tells the truth and gives advice but is also hilarious

  • A Corner of The Internet

    C3-PO aint the metal dog, K-9 Is

  • Bridgette Pearson
    Bridgette Pearson 29 days ago +2

    Yes Rehab is a joke. How the fuck can it be a 1 plan cure for everyone. Look I love the Lord too but shit some time a higher power isn't the answer for everyone. Honestly a kiss from my lil girl an her telling me everything will be OK daddy after she caught me crying cuz of my addiction got me on the rite track better than any Rehab I ever been too. Jus be safe every one . much love.

  • Brandon Allen
    Brandon Allen Month ago

    "He died too" lol classic

  • Carlos Saraiva
    Carlos Saraiva Month ago

    Rehab facilities sound as bad as drug pushers. Both are abusing of other people's misery.
    Yes, unregulamented market is such a great thing, isn't it?

  • Benjamin Samson
    Benjamin Samson Month ago

    6:05 9 min phone call

  • 최일웅
    최일웅 Month ago


  • Frederick Calabrese

    I used to do claims work for a health insurer. These businesses were beyond sketchy.

  • Tom Gamelli
    Tom Gamelli Month ago

    THE FRAUD with this treatment ctr. is located in bennigton ok. called clarity at seven ponds run by abogus so called DR. merridith. SCAM my family for over40,000 dollars feel free to contact me.For more information.

  • Factory
    Factory Month ago

    They try to make me got to rehab but I said nooo nooo noo

  • BullzEyeShot
    BullzEyeShot Month ago

    my personal truth is addiction recovery isnt life long. you can move on if you really want to

  • NittanyTiger1
    NittanyTiger1 Month ago +1

    This sounds similar to the joke that is South Carolina's Department of Mental Health except your quality of treatment is based on your income and ability to pay. The higher you are on their sliding scale (i.e. more they pay), the lower your quality of treatment. If you have a chronic mental illness, you might be stuck in a cycle of hospitalization -> SCDMH mental center -> case closed because SCDMH center was incompetent about treating you but blamed you for not "trying to get better" -> get sick because you don't have meds or proper treatment -> hospitalization and repeat with your medical debt only going up if you're unemployed with each hospital visit because SC isn't ACA participating. Good luck getting a job with a mental illness, and good luck if it has insurance.

  • keepcalmandstudy
    keepcalmandstudy Month ago

    For the sake of clarity, as it was "implied" in the video Mike Mitschke that he died from a relapse of his addiction (heroin use ref:, it in fact appears that was not the case. He reportedly died from an automobile accident according to his online obituary (ref:

  • Sasha
    Sasha Month ago +2

    It can be hard to get answers to those questions. Those specific questions. Understanding Doctor to Horse ratio is the first step in rehabilitation.

  • Rapaladude
    Rapaladude Month ago +2

    I used to do drugs. I still do, but I used to, too.

  • David Hewitt
    David Hewitt Month ago

    Tell me the truth...are you really going to tell an addict desperate enough for rehab that he's probably going to fail? They need to know they'll succeed, so yes they lie. It's not always because of a financial motive. If told there's a good chance at failure, you almost guarantee it. I'm not an addict, so I don't really have a dog in this fight. I'm just tired of people assuming the worst in everyone.

  • Nancy Z
    Nancy Z Month ago

    @john oliver Could you please cover Canadian issues as well? Sincerely, Canadian fan.

  • Alan Sides
    Alan Sides Month ago

    Being vulgar isn't funny.

  • Lord Voldemort
    Lord Voldemort Month ago +9

    Richard Taite sounds like a complete cokehead.

  • Zachary Johns
    Zachary Johns Month ago

    You think those are bad, the worst ones are state run facilities where people are mandated there to avoid jail time.

  • JustDoIt
    JustDoIt Month ago

    Im using cocaine as I watch this.

  • Alex Kirrmann
    Alex Kirrmann Month ago

    You didnt do your homework yet again. Go to the CDC and tell me that drugs are the real problem.

  • David Harrison
    David Harrison Month ago

    We're living in backwards world! Let's turn it around people!

  • Brady James
    Brady James Month ago

    There is no way that the guy at 4:35 isn't John Belushi.

  • Salazar's Salsa
    Salazar's Salsa Month ago

    I went to rehab last year, and mine told us that 1 in 10 of us would stay sober. Maybe I picked a good one. BTW, I am that one.

  • znout65
    znout65 Month ago

    I've seen the addiction network commerical every day for the last 3 weeks on television. It came on the disney channel once.

  • d0p4_m1n3
    d0p4_m1n3 2 months ago

    I like horses

  • Ruthann k.
    Ruthann k. 2 months ago

    Why is he talking about little cjoldren doing drugs..I Dont think that is funny at all that's sick very sick.. I used to like him I think he goes overboard

  • hollyrr
    hollyrr 2 months ago

    John Oliver just confirmed my suspicion that most rehab centers are just money grabbers. I've been sober for 35 years in AA. It doesn't cost a thing if you don't have money to donate. If you do, you can throw a buck or two in the basket at meetings. No horses are made available for therapy though.

  • Noah Miller
    Noah Miller 2 months ago

    There is no resource here. I tried. I'm in Denver and the best resource for underprivileged people just lost their best counselors and closed those operations.
    The people that are trying to help for whatever reason and are underpaid are flocking to places that need more help but are cheaper to live. This is a weird migration that leaves a huge number of people stuck in places without a support system, in one of the toughest places to recover. I would love to do more.

  • Noah Miller
    Noah Miller 2 months ago

    So there's the problems with a lot of things, but if I'm an alcoholic junky that also just so happens to have no income or support, where do I go...

  • Zizi Roberts
    Zizi Roberts 2 months ago

    My friend was the CPA for a Florida rehab. Caught the owner laundering money and was taken for a ride through a low income neighborhood where the owner threatened his life. My friend hadn't been payed in over a month. He cut his losses and left. He was afraid to report him. I lived in or near Lake Worth, FL for 3 years. Helped two patients who were waiting for the rehab van to pick them up. They were left unattended at a Winn Dixie on Dixie Hwy. Once I overheard a counselor at Starbucks in Lake Worth talking about the area. "Lake Worth is a drug town with a beach problem." I would never send anyone to South Florida to get clean and/or sober.

  • WitherWolf33
    WitherWolf33 2 months ago

    The only thing harder than an 8 minute phone call is a 40 minute one, I experienced one of those once, at least it wasn't on a landline.

  • Matthew Bailey
    Matthew Bailey 2 months ago

    And Addiction is ABSOLUTELY NOT A DISEASE!

  • Matthew Bailey
    Matthew Bailey 2 months ago

    THAT is the problem.
    AND the insistence upon "100% abstinence"... THAT is the second problem.
    We’ve found (in actual Sciences of studying substance abuse) that demanding complete abstinence, and the dependency upon 12-steps groups that demand the same, is the absolute wrong way to deal with the problem.

  • Pedro Paiva
    Pedro Paiva 2 months ago +1

    5:40... the guy is still drunk as fuck!

  • Josh Rick
    Josh Rick 2 months ago

    You messed one thing up, The Rehab 'System' isn't a system. That's the fundamental flaw and until the head of the Federal "System" or CONwedon'tbotherwithanythinglegitametGRESS lays out a "rehab system" there won't be a rehab system. Don't think that the US Health Care BUSINESS is going to patrol themselves or waste their time planning something they aren't getting paid to do. Listen, it's just so much better to just sit around and blame people and call them shitty people, than to help the fuckers. I mean come on, our country only cares if the porn actress Kim Kardashian says something or when some rich people make commercials that blame other people. I worked in government for many years and the only job federal employees can do to succeed is to blame someone else and not really work on anything. Oh, I guess we are screwed, nevermind :(

  • Adrian A
    Adrian A 2 months ago

    best episode ever

  • Lukas Kain
    Lukas Kain 2 months ago

    John's advice on finding a board-certified doctor is solid advice. I'm a recovering Oxy and heroin addict, and my doctor started me on a suboxone program. I go back once a month for a prescription and seeing a therapist is part of the program. Took me a few tries to get a therapist who had any idea what the hell they were doing, but so far I've relapsed only once and that was nearly 6 years ago now. I tried NA, and while the networking was nice (this is a facet of my life I don't share with anyone due to fear of being labeled a "junkie"), it just wasn't for me.

  • Tatum Metzger
    Tatum Metzger 2 months ago

    As someone who’s suffered from addiction and been through ‘rehab’ (I went to a mental hospital), this is so accurate it hurts. There are places in the state that if I was any worse I would have been sent to and they’re like prison for mentally ill/addicted people. It’s like ‘oh idk just get over it, stop being a big baby you can do it’ and that’s just a failing system. John Oliver the man of truth ❤️

  • Tigro
    Tigro 2 months ago

    Addiction can happen to anyone, but we get shat on for it.

  • Publius II
    Publius II 2 months ago +1

    resident of florida here. wtf is my state doing. like seriously how do you fuck up this many things. if i did a shot every time john oliver said florida I'd need rehab and than I'd be fucked because I live in florida

  • Susan Robinson
    Susan Robinson 2 months ago

    Thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU for tackling this incredibly difficult and tricky subject. As a person who has loved ones who are currently battling addictions (one from opioids, another alcohol), this subject is very near and dear to me. I think it is also key to point out that a treatment will not work for someone, at least in my experience, unless the person is ready to change. Granted, some addictions have people by the throat and there is absolutely NO WAY they can break free of them without entering a medically supervised rehabilitation facility. Support is absolutely necessary, whether that is from friends family, online help, support groups, anonymous help lines...whatever it takes. The saying is true: NEVER quit quitting. My marriage of 15+ years was ruined due in part to his opioid addiction. And if you think, "I only have shitty Medicaid insurance...what can I do about rehab with THAT?!" My friend thought that, and they provided her with a 5 day in-patient treatment for Alcohol dependency. Before she left for treatment, I told her, "5 days can change your life." And it did...