Alcohol and Drug Rehab Services and Amenities

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Evidence-based therapies are the cornerstones of effective drug and alcohol treatment. However, services and amenities can ensure the patient is as relaxed, content, and comfortable as possible. Explore common options for rehab services and amenities.
What you will learn:
Definitions of services vs. amenities.
Common examples of rehab services and amenities with real-world examples.
Programs for Veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and more.

Are Rehab Services and Amenities the Same at Every Facility?

Services and amenities at drug and alcohol rehab facilities vary widely, as some rehabs provide the bare minimum while others deliver a plethora of options that rival resort and spa offerings. But before we discuss service and amenity options, let’s level set on the two terms.

“Services” and “amenities” are often grouped together, but there are subtle differences between these terms. Amenities are a facility’s desirable or valuable features that typically comprise physical elements of the property, such as pools, gyms, yoga studios, spas, and walking trails.

Services are beneficial activities a facility offers, such as yoga classes, nature walks, art therapy, and horseback riding. Note that rehab therapies (e.g., cognitive behavior therapy, medication-assisted treatment, motivational interviewing, etc.) and peer, group, and one-on-one counseling typically aren’t lumped under the “services and amenities” heading. So we’re referring to nice-to-have options as opposed to essential therapeutic offerings.

Facility funding (i.e., public vs. private) often impacts the type and number of services and amenities offered. For example, some treatment centers are publicly funded, making them affordable or free to eligible individuals. While most public facilities offer standard evidence-based approaches for effective treatment, their services and amenities are often limited.1

In contrast, privately owned facilities regularly provide a range of options, from a few services (e.g., yoga classes and meditation) to a plethora of offerings (e.g., swimming, massage, energy healing, music therapy, etc.). As a subset of private facilities, luxury rehabs regularly provide a host of services and amenities and often focus on a holistic, whole-person approach to treatment.

A facility’s location also plays a role in the drug rehab services it offers. For example, some facilities are in serene environments, such as in the mountains or near the beach. So you might find service options such as horseback riding, hiking nature trails, swimming, etc.

Logically, then, the more services and amenities a facility provides, the more it will typically cost. But just because a rehab has a lot of extras doesn’t mean the quality of treatment and therapies is any better. That is, an appropriate treatment setting, evidence-based approaches, and an individualized treatment plan are significant factors in promoting long-term recovery.2 Whereas, services and amenities are helpful and can certainly provide comfort, but they’re not critical to sobriety.

Common Rehab Amenities

Treatment centers nationwide often have common rehab amenities to provide comfort, privacy, and healing. For example, you might find an alcohol rehab with a pool or a drug rehab center with a gym. Here are some amenities many rehab centers offer:

  • Private rooms.
  • Outdoor gardens/courtyards.
  • Pools.
  • Gyms/recreational areas.
  • Meditation areas.
  • Therapy rooms.
  • Game/TV/computer lounges.

To provide a real-life example, American Addiction Centers (AAC) is a leading treatment provider with facilities scattered across the country. Its Greenhouse Treatment Center just outside of Dallas includes the following amenities.

  • Indoor and outdoor recreation areas.
  • Community space.
  • Smoking areas.
  • Gym/fitness center.
  • Mindfulness spaces.
  • Biofeedback chair.
  • Pool.
  • Hot tub.
  • Private rooms.

Another AAC property is Oxford Treatment Center in Mississippi, which is roughly 1.5 hours from Memphis, TN. Its rural setting allows the facility to offer the following amenities among others:

  • Equestrian center.
  • Basketball court.
  • Sand volleyball court.
  • Labyrinth.
  • Gardens.
  • Private lake.
  • Ropes course.

Common Rehab Services

Along with evidence-based treatments and therapies, many rehab facilities offer additional services. Individual facilities may offer all, none, or a combination of these common options:

  • Yoga.
  • Art therapy.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Music therapy.
  • Mindfulness and meditation practices.
  • Energy healing.
  • Chiropractic treatments.
  • Nutritional therapies.
  • Equine therapy.

AAC treatment centers also provide special services. For example, its Recovery First Treatment Center in Hollywood, FL, offers the following services among others:

  • Art and music therapy.
  • Basketball.
  • Running and gym activities.
  • Softball.
  • Indoor recreational activities (e.g., arts and crafts, puzzles, adult coloring books, etc.).
  • Excursions to the beach and hiking trails.
  • Mindfulness activities.

Special-Population Services and Programs

Military service, mental health issues, and/or being a part of a stigmatized community can play a role in the underlying causes of addiction.2-4 Thus, some facilities offer treatment programs designed by professionals who understand the unique needs of Veterans, first responders, people with co-occurring disorders, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

For example, several AAC facilities offer the Salute to Recovery Program, which helps Veterans and first responders through their journey to healing and recovery with evidence-based treatments along with professional and peer support systems. It provides individualized treatment services from staff members who understand how the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, grief, and loss can affect addiction.

Many AAC facilities—such as Greenhouse Treatment Center, Oxford Treatment Center, River Oaks Treatment Center, AdCare Hospital, AdCare Rhode Island, and Laguna Treatment Center—also offer special programs for member of the LGBTQ+ community, creating a space for healing where individuals can feel supported and encouraged.

Should I Go to Rehab?

While the decision to attend treatment must be made by each individual, drug and alcohol treatment can aid in healing and help you start a new life in recovery.  In fact, rehab and support are essential to reaching and maintaining sobriety.2

However, treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and it’s important to find a facility that meets your needs and perhaps satisfies some of your wants. Keep in mind, though, that services and amenities are awesome, and they can make your stay in rehab more comfortable. But it’s far more important to your long-term recovery that a facility offers the evidence-based treatment and therapy approaches best suited to your needs.

If you’re ready to take the next steps toward recovery, reach out to AAC today at . Our admissions navigators can help you find a suitable treatment center with not only the treatment and therapies you need but also the services and amenities you desire. What’s more, they can talk to you about payment options, help verify your insurance (if applicable), and answer your questions about admissions, treatment, and more.



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