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What to Look for When Choosing a Luxury Rehab Center

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Addiction is a serious disease that afflicts millions of Americans every year. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 10.2 percent of Americans engaged in illicit drug use within a 30-day period in 2014, and roughly 21.5 millions people over the age of 12 suffered from a substance use disorder (SUD) at some point that same year.

Although there is no single SUD treatment that works for everyone, people often enter recovery by enrolling in a program at a rehab center. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that there are more than 14,000 addiction treatment facilities in this country, and each one offers different treatment modalities.

Since the daily stress of everyday life often triggers those suffering from addiction, many people find success at luxury rehab centers. These facilities offer comfortable amenities and shield clients from certain pressures until they enter a more stable emotional state and can better cope with everyday stresses.

Luxury rehab centers cost more than traditional rehab facilities, but they often provide unconventional treatment modalities that clients cannot find anywhere else. Thus, they are a valid option for people who have not been able to enter recovery with more traditional approaches and for those who are accustomed to more high-end living. There are thousands of such facilities to choose from; enrolling in the right program is just the first step on the road to recovery.

Which Factors Should I Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center?


When it comes to addiction treatment centers, no two facilities are the same, and choosing the right one can make all the difference when it comes achieving and maintaining recovery. Ultimately, there are several factors to consider when exploring luxury rehab facilities.

In addition to cost and geographic location, people should also consider:

  • Types of therapies and programs offered
  • Credentials and certifications of the facility
  • Experience and credentials of the staff members
  • The facility’s ability to treat co-occurring disorders
  • Complementary treatments offered
  • Luxury amenities provided

Treatment Modalities


According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a successful approach to addiction treatment typically includes multiple steps. For example, all treatment programs should start with medical detox. Once a client has recovered from the worst of the physical withdrawal symptoms, it is time to tackle the psychological side of addiction. It is common for behavioral counseling and medication to follow the medical detox stage. Healthcare practitioners will also evaluate clients for any co-occurring disorders, so they can provide additional treatments as needed. Because addiction is a chronic disease, long-term aftercare is the final step of treatment.

In general, clients should look for a luxury rehab center that offers a variety of treatment modalities, so if they do not have success with one approach, they can try another. Most treatment facilities take a multipronged approach to addiction treatment, which has been shown to be effective.

According to SAMHSA, therapy is the backbone of treatment for substance use disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) are just a few types of therapy that can help a client enter recovery.

Some types of therapy are tailored to treating the needs of specific populations. For example, NIDA reports that Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) and Family Behavior Therapy (FBT) take a family-based approach to treating SUDs in adolescents. Veterans, on the other hand, often require treatment for co-occurring disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression in addition to addiction treatment. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, one out of every three veterans who seeks treatment for SUD is also suffering from PTSD. Ultimately, individuals who are part of a more vulnerable population should explore luxury rehab centers that offer treatment programs catered to them.

Program Types


mark>When researching rehab facilities, families must also consider the different program types that are available. Addiction treatment programs range in intensity, and it is common for clients to enroll in an inpatient rehabilitation program and eventually complete an outpatient program before returning to everyday life. Other program types include residential treatment, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs.

If the individual suffering from addiction is the sole breadwinner of the family or the sole caretaker of the children, enrolling in a lengthy residential treatment program may not necessarily be an option. For that reason, it is important to explore all possible program types at the various treatment facilities.

Credentials and Certifications


Proper credentials and certifications are critical when it comes to addiction treatment facilities. According to a report published by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, most addiction treatment providers are not medical professionals and do not have the appropriate credentials for providing the full range of effective treatment modalities.

Individuals who are concerned about a center’s credibility should look for evidence of certifications and licensures. Organizations like the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) aim to improve the quality and efficacy of addiction treatment by establishing certain standards that providers must follow and by enforcing those standards at accredited facilities. Various state departments like the Mississippi Department of Mental Healthalso provide licenses to facilities that meet certain standards and remain up to date on the most effective treatment modalities.

Licensing and certification standards vary from organization to organization, but they typically require facilities to hire staff members with specific licenses of their own. Individuals who enroll in programs at licensed and accredited rehab centers know that they will be working with experienced healthcare providers who are trained in addiction treatment.

Complementary Treatment Options


Addiction is a complicated disease, and people suffering from it often enter recovery with the help of complementary treatments. Complementary treatments refer to nontraditional treatment modalities that are used alongside more conventional approaches.

Most luxury rehab centers offer a variety of complementary treatments, many of which clients can continue taking part in long after they complete their residential or outpatient program.

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Some examples of complementary treatment options include:

  • Equine-assisted therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Wilderness therapy
  • Music and expressive arts therapy
  • Wellness-focused groups
  • Meditation
  • Hypnotherapy

The efficacy of a particular complementary therapy depends on a variety of factors, and individuals who are in treatment may try one or more approaches until they find something that works for them. Many clients at luxury rehab facilities find at least one complementary therapy that helps them in recovery. For example, according to a review in Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, horse-assisted therapy can actually help individuals stay in treatment longer and ultimately complete their program.

Although some individuals may not have access to a facility that provides equine-assisted therapy, anyone can take part in expressive arts therapy after leaving a luxury rehab center because it includes everything from movement and dance to painting and writing.

Families who are interested in one or more complementary treatments should explore their options when it comes to addiction treatment facilities. A good luxury rehab center will offer a variety of complementary treatments that can increase the efficacy of more traditional, evidence-based treatments and therapies.

Luxury Amenities


In a luxury rehab facility, clients get to focus on treatment without worrying about the constant stressors of everyday life. Medical detox and intensive therapy are physically and emotionally draining, and comfortable facilities are a must. Even though being away from home is a necessary component of addiction treatment for many individuals, it can be hard to cope initially without any familiar faces. That is why the amenities a facility provides should be a consideration when choosing a rehab center; at the end of the day, nice amenities can reassure clients they are in a safe, warm, and caring environment.

Basic amenities include elements like gourmet food, plush bedding, phone access, and semi-private rooms. Additional luxury amenities typically correspond with the complementary therapies offered and might include an indoor gym, a horse barn, an art studio, a lush lakefront, access to nature trails, or a low ropes course.

Attending a treatment program at a luxury rehab center is much like staying at a five-star hotel. Clients’ comfort is second only to their recovery, and they are encouraged to take advantage of everything from yoga to massage therapy. If the stress of everyday life contributed to the addiction, as it usually does, a luxury rehab center will help the individual find their center and refocus on what really matters.

From medical detox to quality aftercare, a luxury rehab center can facilitate recovery in individuals who are suffering from addiction. Not all addiction treatment centers are the same, however. In order to ensure individuals get treatment that is catered to their particular needs, loved ones should help them find the right luxury rehab facility. This might include one that provides treatment for co-occurring disorders or therapy that is modified for young adults. Regardless of the individual’s needs, there is a luxury rehab facility that can help.