Are high-end treatment centers worth the cost?
When addictions strike the wealthy or the rich, it can be tempting to simply choose a rehab facility that comes with the biggest price tag. In reality, the cost of a facility isn’t always related to the care that facility can deliver. Rather than homing in on cost, it is best to examine what services, therapies, and amenities the facility delivers — and its overall success rate. While the quality of the care offered is the paramount consideration, luxury treatment centers offer comfortable accommodations and amenities that can often keep clientele engaged in treatment for longer periods of time.
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Substance abuse is a mental health issue not limited to one group of people.
Individuals dealing with drug addiction come from all social and financial arenas, from the very poor to the very rich. As discussed in a study published on the U.S. National Library of Medicine website through the National Institutes of Health, drug addiction is often based more on factors like genetic predisposition, social pressure, and mental or emotional factors. As a result, there is a wide range of drug addiction treatment and rehab programs available for people from every walk of life.
When a person who is struggling with a drug addiction has plenty of income, it may be tempting to believe that finding the highest cost facility is a simple, straightforward way to find the best available treatment; however, as with any high-cost item, a high price tag may not always be the measure of the best value in luxury drug addiction treatment programs.
Posh settings and amenities are one thing; they can certainly make a treatment program comfortable and luxurious – almost like a spa or retreat. However, providing rehab that results in lasting recovery is more than offering restaurant-quality food and recreation programs. Medically supported detox, behavioral therapies, and post-treatment support methods are essential elements of a treatment program that will result in long-term recovery.
Still, as long as treatment programs are comprehensive, the setting and offerings of luxury rehab, described below, can provide a treatment experience that is unrivaled in terms of comfort and service – and that has lasting results.
Setting and AccommodationsHistorical observation and recent research have shown that people with a higher socioeconomic status are not immune from the issues that drive drug abuse and addiction. A study from the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs showed that young adults from more affluent homes were more likely to binge drink and use marijuana, while their rates of other drug use were not statistically different from those of other socioeconomic classes.
Drug abuse and addiction occur regardless of one’s income level, and treatment is needed across societal constructs.
At the same time, secluded locations provide a level of privacy often desired by those who want to protect their reputations in their personal and professional lives. This can also be a great benefit in that, when attending inpatient rehab in these private places, the individual can be more focused on treatment and less likely to be distracted by daily responsibilities at home.
The settings of these rehab centers are enhanced by the rich and varied amenities provided, including:
- Recreation, such as horseback riding, swimming, and tennis
- Meditation and yoga classes
- Exercise facilities and programs
- Massage and other physical therapy
- Catered gourmet dining
- Concierge and room service
The small size of these facilities can allow for more personalized treatment, often by high-profile doctors and therapists. They may also provide holistic programs, offering treatments that consider not just the physical and mental aspects of treatment that are commonly covered, but the spiritual, environmental, nutritional, and emotional effects that can support a person through treatment and recovery.
These amenities can be very attractive to those who can afford them. They make the treatment process more pleasant. When money is of little concern, it can be very tempting to enter a program simply based on these offerings; however, there is more to consider when it comes to substance abuse treatment.
Comfort and service are only part of what defines quality of care for a drug rehab facility. The other, arguably more important, aspect of treatment is the combination of treatment modalities that provide the potential for recovery from the addiction that required treatment in the first place.
The aspects of treatment that provide the highest likelihood of long-term recovery, as acknowledged by an article in the journal Psychiatric Services, are intense treatments that involve services focused on the substance or behavior in question and the psychiatric elements that contribute to addiction. These services are the hallmark of quality care.
These types of services are more easily provided through residential treatment, where the person receiving treatment can remain focused and free from distractions and outside influences. However, they can also be effective through outpatient treatment, such as that which is often given to executives who must continue with their work throughout the treatment process.
Not All Luxury Rehabs Are Equal
The challenge often comes in figuring out which rehab is right for the particular individual who is selecting the program. Depending on the severity of the substance addiction or abuse, one rehab may not have the treatments needed to support long-term recovery.
As explained in the Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment that is more likely to lead to long-term recovery is tuned to a range of the individual’s physical and psychological needs, not just the drug abuse itself. Behavioral therapies, post-treatment coping strategies, and other research-based treatments are important aspects of any drug addiction rehab program.
In addition, if a center’s focus is all on setting and luxury, they may not provide appropriate treatment to result in long-term recovery. The following is a list of items to ask about and consider when selecting a luxury rehab program:
- Availability of medically supported detox services
- Range of mental health therapy and support services
- Treatment of addiction for the specific substance in question
- Prevalence of peer support in addition to individualized treatment
- Provision of medical maintenance if needed
- Reliance on research-based treatments over other methods
Programs that use these methods, among other methods backed with scientific and medical research, are more likely to provide the appropriate level of value for the money invested into high-end treatment services.
Getting the Best Value for the Price
The key in looking for any service is getting value for the money spent. For those who are looking at investing in an upscale addiction rehab program, the luxuries provided are better looked at as perks for the program. The important elements – medical treatment and research-based therapies that are more likely to result in long-term recovery – are the basis for getting the most out of an investment in substance abuse treatment.