(Isstories Editorial):- Okeechobee, Jun 19, 2018 (Issuewire.com) – Up until about a year ago, drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers in the United States were actively marketed on Googles advertising platform (AdWords).
However, due to rampant abuse and deceptive marketing practices the global leader of search suspended all rehab centers from publishing adverts.
Google PPC Ads restrictions on Rehab Centers
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However, according to an official statement from Google in April, 2018, rehab centers will be able to advertise once again (after being reviewed). This time though, rehab centers, prior to running ads, will be required to undergo a stringent evaluation process. Applicants, before receiving approval to run ads, will first need to be vetted by LegitScript (verification/monitoring service for online pharmacies).
This new vetting process is highly supported by both the medical community and recovery centers throughout the nation. Detox of South Florida for example, an award-winning and top-rated recovery facility in Florida, recently made a statement that Recovering addicts need to be provided with accurate information so treatment can be sought. Detox of South Florida went on to state that Those seeking recovery need a reliable source for finding help. Treatment centers being vetted will help to ensure those struggling with addiction receive truthful guidance that will enable them to get the help they need.
New Vetting Process Ensures Recovering Addicts Get Accurate Guidance
Rehabs can do Google PPC Ads Now
Interest in treatments for the abuse of prescription and illicit drugs are at an all-time-high as the country faces what many call the worst nationwide epidemic weve seen. One of the greatest problems that began to emerge from such a crisis was scammers that began to use Google Ads to deceive those seeking treatment. In a industry where regulations vary greatly from state to state it became easy for rehab center advertisers to defraud or misinform potential patients.
Back in September of 2017 Google finally realized that the problem has grown increasingly worse and decided to suspend all drug and alcohol rehab ads. Millions of ads, ads promoted on their search engine and on third party sites (independent publishers using the AdSense program) were immediately removed. This occurred just a week following a publication from The Verge that discussed the issue of rehab ads causing more harm than good. Google took the issue very seriously and as a result suspended rehab related ads altogether.
Over the course of a year, the suspension of rehab ads impacted Googles bottom line by about $78 million dollars. For most companies and brands, setting up an ad campaigns on AdWords only requires a few simple steps to get through. However, Google now employs a more stringent vetting process for not only rehab centers but for other sectors including locksmiths, drug manufacturers, online pharmacies, and garage-door repair companies. Due to public pressure Google will also be requiring additional information from political managers that want to run campaign ads.
For addiction treatment ads the new rules will apply to not only in-person rehabilitation centers but also for support groups and crisis hotlines.
Vetting Rehab Centers A Good Idea for both Rehabs and Patients
Dr. Vikram Tarugu, MD.
Dr. Vikram Tarugu, an award-winning digestive health expert and founder of Detox of South Florida stated that Rehabs wanting to promote their treatment services through Googles ad platform should be more thoroughly vetted to ensure recovering addicts receive truthful information.
Beginning now, LegitScript, the only monitoring and verification service recognized by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy will work alongside Google in reviewing and processing rehab advertising applicants. LegitScript will begin to review the criminal backgrounds of each applicant and will also check to make sure that the applying rehab has a valid operational license along with insurance (will be verified).
Of course, this vetting process is going to come at a cost to rehabs. According to a statement released by LegitScript they will also be providing written policies and procedures demonstrating a commitment to best practices, effective recovery and continuous improvement.
So, what does all of this mean for rehabs? Well, theres going to be a one-time up-front charge of $995 with an ongoing annual vetting fee of $1,995.
John Horton, the chief executive officer of LegitScript stated that the extra step may frustrate rehab centers. This precautionary step though will help those seeking recovery to find and receive the help they deserve.
Prior to the suspension Google made efforts to verify rehab centers although previously there was no incentive for rehabs to undergo thorough evaluations which involved a multi-part, in-depth questionnaire.
Evidently, legitimately licensed and established rehab centers will not be faced with a cumbersome process. Back in September of 2017 Google said that it would soon publish a set of advertising guidelines for rehab centers and finally that time has come. Of course, this statement was released only once the removal of rehab ads took place. Dr. Vikram Tarugu (representing Detox of South Florida) spoke out on the new guidelines mentioning that the new guidelines will help to provide rehabs across the nation with a policy framework that will make it easier for legitimate recovery centers to get their treatments in front of those that need help the most.
Vetting Rehabs What to know
Rehab centers play a vital role in the lives of patients that come to them for recovery. Addiction is a serious matter and its paramount that recovering addicts are never mislead or taken advantage of. As such, Googles verification process will not only help rehabs to ensure their marketing practices are up to standards but will also help future patients to receive the help they need.
Its a big step forward and its a positive move on Googles part. Addiction is a condition that millions of Americans struggle with and reliable treatment solutions are needed now more than ever. Moving forward, those struggling with overcoming an addiction can be confident that Google-displayed rehab ads are vetted, trusted, and reviewed.
All rehabs are going to undergo an extensive evaluation and must be properly licensed in order for ads to be approved. Definitely a much-needed process and approach!
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