2 2 Overcoming addiction is a challenging process but with the right environment and support, it can be done. Luxury rehab programs are available to provide a comfortable environment while individuals are getting help in the fight against drugs or alcohol. Identifying the differences between programs and recognizing the luxury facilities will make it easier to select the right program for personal needs, goals and concerns. BASICS OF A LUXURY PROGRAM A luxury drug rehab program is not the same as the standard programs or public programs that are available. Certain elements are found in luxury facilities that are not available in other programs due to the financial constraints.
3 3 PROGRAM FEATURES A luxury program features activities, physical comforts and special treatment options that are not found in the public or standard programs. Although the focus of treatment is still overcoming an addiction, the comfort level is better in a luxury facility. Features that may be available in a luxury program that are not available in other treatment facilities include: Gourmet chefs and meals Alternative treatments that include activities like horse riding, golf and similar sports Comfortable sleeping arrangements and beds Gyms Media rooms Bathrooms attached to each bedroom Pools Although the luxury features of the treatment facilities can make it attractive, the treatment process has many similarities to other programs. Standard addiction treatments, like counseling and group therapy, are still provided to men and women in the treatment program. Despite that fact, luxury facilities do have a wider range of treatment solutions and may include smaller groups to provide a greater amount of one-on-one care with each individual in the program. Forbes.com suggests that certain treatments may differ from options available in the standard programs, which include: Gardening Psychodrama therapy Hypnotherapy Acting lessons The key difference in treatment at luxury facilities is the additional programs that are available to help alleviate trauma, provide a distraction from cravings or teach alternative coping strategies that make it possible to move forward in life.
4 4 COMMON TREATMENTS Although luxury programs will provide a wider range of alternative treatment options, more luxurious surroundings and a greater level of overall comfort, the treatment for addiction has many similarities to standard and public programs. The common treatments set the foundation to help overcome addiction while the additional courses and options are designed to teach coping strategies. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 2.6 million men and women seek professional treatment for addiction each year. Of the 2.6 million who seek treatment, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that most seek specialty treatment at an appropriate treatment facility. Despite the figures, many of those seeking treatment do not attend a luxury program for a variety of reasons, such as a strict budget or difficulties deciding on the right program for personal needs. Since many individuals seek public or standard programs, it is important to recognize the treatments that are available in the programs. Common treatments found in addiction treatment programs and facilities include: Individual counseling services Group therapy Family therapy Medication therapy if it is needed Cognitive-behavioral treatments Alternative medicine if it applies to the situation Life-lesson courses Lessons in coping with stress, emotions or similar problems
5 5 COMMON TREATMENTS CONT. Even a luxury treatment program will focus on counseling services and appropriate treatment programs to help with the addiction based on individual needs and the substance that was abused. Since different substances will impact the appropriate treatment approach, each individual will have a personalized treatment plan that focuses on the drug that was abused, the level of addiction and personal concerns about treatment. In the case of a dual diagnosis of addiction and a mental health condition, many facilities will offer dual diagnosis treatment. Most luxury programs will have treatments available, but standard or public programs may or may not offer services to deal with mental health disorders. Each program will differ based on the type of patient that is most commonly seeking treatment. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PROGRAMS Although each program has certain factors that are the same, the National Institute on Drug Abuse points out that addiction is a complex problem that requires a personalized treatment program for each individual. In general, luxury programs have more options for treatment, which allows a greater range of flexibility when it comes to fighting an addiction. However, seeking professional care and assistance is the key to recovering from an addiction. 2.6 MILLION AMERICANS SEEK PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT FOR ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE EACH YEAR
6 6 PUBLIC PROGRAMS A public rehab facility is usually associated with the state. Although the program will vary based on several factors, including state standards and requirements, certain features are common to public treatment programs. In many cases, a public program will offer out-patient services. Some programs may also have in-patient services, but each state and program will have different treatment options available. Out-patient services are not always effective, especially when an addiction has developed over a long period of time. The program will usually offer limited services, which include: Counseling Group therapy Cognitive-behavioral therapy if it is appropriate Alternative treatments are often limited in the program due to budget constraints. In many cases, the cost associated with a public facility is based on a sliding scale. It is a budget-friendly treatment option, but it may not be the best solution for a severe addiction.
7 7 STANDARD FACILITIES A standard rehab program is often a private program, though it may provide public services or be part of a public program if it offers outpatient and in-patient services. The key difference with a standard facility is that it offers slightly more specialized care than a public program and it gives more alternative treatment solutions. Beyond the basic counseling services and therapies that are available in most programs, a standard rehab facility will usually offer slightly more treatment options. The options that may be available in the program include: Exercise and nutrition therapy A few options for sports or exercise activities Life lesson courses to help teach basic skills Although it does offer sports, exercise and additional alternative treatments, a standard program will not have the same flexibility and wide range of programs available as a luxury program. It also does not provide gourmet meals and residents may be required to share spaces.
8 8 LUXURY PROGRAMS A luxury facility offers a greater range of flexibility, treatment options and activities that are designed to help teach coping strategies. The environment is also luxurious and residents may have more personal space available. Although the luxury elements can make the time in rehabilitation more pleasant, the strict rules and scheduling for counseling and treatment are similar to standard programs. Residents are still expected to get up, attend counseling sessions and work on the addiction. The spa services, such as massage or acupuncture, are still related to treatment and usually are only used to help alleviate pain or discomfort. The foundational tools that help treat an addiction are the common thread between all of the programs and facilities that are available. The key differences are the level of luxury, the number of treatment options and the cost. BENEFITS OF LUXURY PROGRAMS According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 23.1 percent of men and women in treatment are addicted to alcohol. Another 18.3 percent are struggling with alcohol and another substance. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that roughly 17 percent of individuals in treatment are abusing marijuana and another 14.1 percent are struggling to give up heroin. Crack cocaine is abused at a rate of 8.1 percent. The figures illustrate the complications that are associated with treatment because the majority of the men and women in treatment are abusing extremely addictive substances. Cravings for alcohol, heroin, crack cocaine and other opiate medications are severe and make it hard to move forward with life. Although many of the treatment programs offer similar services, luxury programs have an edge when it comes to fighting back.
9 9 GREATER VARIETY OF ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS Addiction is a complicated problem that impacts the mind, body and emotional state of an individual. Coping with personal emotions, stress and the cravings for drugs is challenging. A key aspect of coping with all of the complications that arise during treatment is having strategies in place that make it possible to give up the substance for a lifetime. That may mean spending time in the garden, meditating, stretching in yoga poses or getting a relaxing massage that alleviates some of the stress. Luxury programs have a larger variety of alternative treatments and activities that make it easier to cope with the complications of the treatment process. GREATER LEVEL OF COMFORT The level of comfort is a major benefit of luxury programs. A luxury facility will offer more comfortable personal spaces, individual bathrooms, gourmet meals and fewer worries related to cleaning up or remembering to straighten up the spaces. By providing for every necessity and offering a comfortable space, the risk that discomfort will increase cravings is reduced. Certain substances are taken to reduce discomfort and staying in a space that is uncomfortable may make the process of overcoming the addiction more challenging. Fortunately, luxury programs consider every aspect of comfort and eliminate any concerns associated with physical comfort.
10 10 MORE INTERESTING TREATMENT PLANS Due to the wider range of treatment options that a luxury facility can offer, the personalized treatment plan can cater to personal interests and hobbies. For example, an individual who enjoys drawing, painting and sculpting may benefit from a treatment plan that includes art therapy. An individual who enjoys sports and physical activity may be able to create a treatment plan that includes a favorite sport or physical activities throughout the day. Planning treatment around personal interests, goals, hobbies and activities that are appealing to a wide range of individuals can help create a plan that keeps an individual engaged and focused on recovery. ABILITY TO STAY IN CONTACT WITH OTHERS A luxury facility is often designed to meet the needs of professionals who may be struggling with addictions. As a result, the program allows professionals to stay in contact with their business associates, personnel or co-workers while they are undergoing treatment. Since many programs are in-patient facilities, a concern that may arise is that a business owner will not be able to provide instructions or a co-worker will need to give up on a project or work with another individual. Luxury programs provide opportunities to stay connected so that it is possible to pick up on life after leaving the facility.
11 11 LONG-TERM CARE OPTIONS Each individual will require different treatment solutions to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some programs offer 6 to 12 month treatment options that make it possible to move forward in a recovery. Some luxury programs will provide long-term treatment if it is necessary for an individual to fight against addiction. Giving up drugs or alcohol is a life-long battle that starts with treating the underlying causes of addiction. A luxury program can help improve the success rate by alleviating worries and making the treatment process as comfortable as possible.