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When considering inpatient treatment, there are generally 3 standard options: public inpatient rehab centers, private inpatient rehab centers, and luxury treatment centers. Both usually offer the same core elements—including counseling, access to medical care, and individualized care—but private and luxury drug abuse treatment offers benefits that may not be available in other programs. In these programs, you’ll find a more robust offering of amenities and benefits that can enhance your treatment experience.

Because private programs are funded completely by admissions and tend to have more resources than public programs, their facilities and benefits are typically more desirable to those seeking both privacy and comfort as they work toward recovery.

Luxury centers, in particular, offer perks that go far beyond those found in other rehab centers. You might find gourmet meals, spa treatments, massage, and more, all within a resort-like setting. Although most insurance plans will not fully cover the cost of private or luxury rehab, if you know that this is the type of environment where you are most likely to succeed in overcoming your addiction, paying out of pocket may be worth it.

What Kind of Treatment Is Offered?

Like other inpatient and outpatient facilities, private and luxury recovery centers utilize evidence-based approaches to comprehensively treat a wide array of substance abuse issues, ranging from opioid to cocaine addiction. Below are some examples of the treatment approaches you may find:

Female portraying patient sitting with therapist during cognitive-behavioral therapy session
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT): MAT treatment uses medications like methadone and buprenorphine to manage opioid dependence, and acamprosate to treat alcohol dependence. Another medication, naltrexone, may be used to treat both opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder. MAT is part of a “whole patient” approach to treat addiction to opioids and alcohol, as it combines medication with behavioral therapy to fully address the patient’s needs and help prevent relapse.1 Research shows that MAT is effective in keeping people in treatment and improving long-term treatment outcomes.2 MAT is also approved for use in treating opioid-dependent pregnant women and has positive results in preventing neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in babies.
  • Matrix Model: The Matrix Model (MM) is a treatment approach commonly used to treat stimulant use disorders. Trained therapists engage with the patient in a way that mimics a teacher and coach relationship. Treatment is conducted in a way that promotes the patient’s self-worth, dignity, and confidence. Studies show that people who participate in therapy that incorporates MM show reductions in drug use and improvements in their overall recovery.3
  • Contingency management: Research shows that approaches that use incentives and tangible rewards help motivate people to stay abstinent. Vouchers that can be exchanged for money, food, movie passes, or other items are shown to work well among people in treatment, particularly among people who abuse heroin and cocaine. The vouchers start at low values but increase gradually as the person produces more and more negative urine samples.4
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This approach helps people in recovery recognize negative patterns of thinking that may be fueling drug abuse and drug-seeking behavior. CBT encourages a person to slow down and focus on maintaining an awareness of thought patterns associated with stressors that may lead them to use drugs or alcohol. When a person is aware of what situations and feelings trigger these thoughts, they can learn to avoid or react differently towards them.5

Often, an individual will enter drug rehab with more than one issue that needs to be addressed, and it is common for individuals struggling with substance abuse to additionally experience significant mental health issues. This situation is referred to as a “dual diagnosis,” and it’s an increasingly recognized phenomenon. Fortunately, there is an increasing number of treatment centers equipped to handle these situations.

Specialized treatment of concurrent conditions—both the mental health issue and the addiction—takes place simultaneously in order to better promote a state of recovery and balance. If you’re looking for a private or luxury rehab facility and either know or suspect that you are experiencing a mental health issue alongside your addiction, make sure you ask about their experience with and ability to treat dual diagnosis conditions.

What Can I Expect?

Compared to standard treatment, luxury facilities go above and beyond in terms of the benefits, comfort, and amenities.

Throughout the world, there are a number of different private and luxury drug rehab centers. While each program will have a somewhat unique approach to treating substance abuse, a typical day at many rehabs will likely follow a similar routine:

  • Morning: The day may begin with breakfast followed by a meditation or personal reflection and a check-in. If you are utilizing MAT, you may receive medication at this point. After this, you may go into a one-on-one therapy session, followed by yoga or a recovery skills group.
  • Afternoon: Around noon, you may eat lunch, either as a group or in a private setting. After lunch, you will go into another counseling session in an individual or group setting. After this session, you might attend a gym or holistic therapy session (running, yoga, swimming, surfing, nature hike, acupuncture, massage, meditation). Again, you may get a dose of medication.
  • Evening: Dinner may be served around 5 pm, along with any required medication. Following dinner, you may have the option to attend a recovery meeting or do some independent reading. Generally, facilities have a “lights out” time where everyone is expected to be in their rooms for the night.

What Benefits Are Available?

Private and luxury drug addiction treatment programs can carry a high price tag with costs going up along with the number of amenities offered and the beauty of the location, yet there are a number of benefits that make them a great choice for those seeking treatment:

  • Lower staff-to-patient ratio. At these rehabs, you can generally expect to get more personal care than you might in a public program. Luxury programs may have an even lower ratio than other private programs.
  • Amenities. Features of private programs will be more desirable than public programs, in many cases, and luxury programs will offer the most amenities and benefits. Some people have described life at one of these drug abuse treatment centers as similar to a stay at a 5-star resort. It’s not that serious work is not performed at these centers, but individuals who attend luxury rehab for their recovery are treated to very comfortable living quarters, private rooms, gourmet cuisine, and more.
  • Holistic care. Many private and luxury drug rehab centers offer holistic or complementary-alternative therapeutic options to help enhance the wellness of the individual. Yoga, meditation, and acupuncture are just a few of the ways that high-end treatment centers improve the overall health of the individual by addressing the mind, body, and spirit—thus putting them in a better position to respond favorably to treatment.

Comparing Private and Luxury Rehab to Standard Treatment

Private centers offer many comforts and perks to ensure a comfortable experience, with luxury centers offering the highest level of comfort. Compared to standard treatment, these facilities go above and beyond in terms of the benefits, comfort, and amenities.

Woman getting massage portraying a patient at luxury treatment center

Depending on the facility, you might find some or all of the following:

  • Individualized treatment: Each person’s path to recovery is unique, and in these facilities you will receive individualized counseling that will keep you accountable and help minimize the risk of relapse.
  • Chef-prepared meals: Over time, drug and alcohol abuse can result in nutritional deficiencies. You may be offered nutritionally balanced, chef-prepared meals to help bolster your immune system, restore cognitive clarity, and promote overall health.
  • Yoga: During withdrawal, many people experience feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Yoga not only helps relieve these symptoms, it can boost mood, improve muscle tone, and restore the connection to oneself.6
  • Private rooms: Recovery is an excellent opportunity to look within oneself and enjoy the solitude and self-reflection afforded by a personal setting. Unlike many more standard facilities, in luxury settings you may have a private room where you can unwind after the day’s activity and get a good night’s rest, free from the distractions of a roommate. If it’s important to you, make sure to ask about the availability of these rooms ahead of time.
  • Massage therapy: Massage is a great way to relieve stress, improve circulation, and provide you with the energy you need to give 100% to your recovery efforts. This offering is common in luxury rehabs.
  • Art therapy: Working with an art therapist, you can explore the roots of your substance abuse, including past trauma. Art therapy can help you develop healthy coping mechanisms, provide an outlet for you to work through negative emotions, and boost your self-esteem.
  • Music therapy: During withdrawal, music therapy is often used as a complementary treatment. Music therapists use this creative approach to help people cope with withdrawal symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety. Therapists may incorporate therapeutic songwriting, lyric analysis, singing, playing, and listening to help improve your mood. Some studies suggest that music can even relieve you of your cravings, helping to prevent relapse.7

Other features of treatment at one of these facilities may include:

  • Nutritional counseling.
  • Meditation.
  • Creative writing.
  • 12-step work.
  • Group day trips.
  • Surfing.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
  • Relapse prevention therapy.
  • Hydrotherapy.
  • Breath work.
  • Trauma therapy.
  • Outdoor/nature activities, e.g., hikes.
  • Child care.
  • Pet care.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Equine therapy.
  • Guided imagery.

Where Are Most Programs Located?

Programs are located all across the country, but many of them, especially the luxury centers, will be found somewhat off the beaten path.

Locations such as Malibu, Palm Springs, upstate New York, and rural New Mexico are all home to these facilities. The reason for this is twofold. On the one hand, these remote locations offer tremendous privacy, a factor very important to those who can afford to attend luxury treatment. The other reason is more esoteric. The natural beauty of these areas is nothing short of inspirational, and thus the surroundings inspire a sense of serenity and hope during treatment.

Locate a Program

To take your first step toward a substance-free life, you can start browsing private and luxury rehabs using our user-friendly directory.

How to Cover the Cost

The cost of one of these treatment programs can run upwards of several thousand dollars per month for admission. Because this kind of cost can be prohibitive for many people, more and more private and luxury rehab centers are now offering financing options to help individuals and their families offset the high cost of treatment.

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  • Insurance coverage: Many insurance plans offer at least partial coverage for a stay in a rehab facility. It’s worth your while to talk to your insurance provider prior to choosing a facility. You can call the number on the back of your insurance card to check what is and is not covered under your plan.
  • Payment plan: If you are interested in a particular facility, you can call to see what types of payment plans they offer so that you can spread out the payments for treatment over time, which can alleviate the burden of a one-time lump sum.
  • Personal loan: Many banks offer personal or health care loans to make treatment possible. Check with your bank to see what types of loans are available to someone in your situation. Make sure ahead of time that your budget will reasonably allow you to make the payments on the loan and try to avoid predatory loans with very high interest rates.
  • Crowdfunding: In today’s world, social media can be a powerful tool to spread your message of recovery and find support from friends and family. Once you launch a campaign on a crowdfunding website, people who love you and are invested in your recovery can pitch in to help you reach your monetary goal. You might be surprised at just how many people are willing to help fund your time in treatment.

It can be scary to think about taking out a loan or putting the total cost of treatment on a credit card, but just keep in mind that there are always options to make your recovery a reality. You can get creative and piece together multiple financing options in order to alleviate the financial burden of treatment and get the care you need to live a happy and sober life.

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Dr. Thomas received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. During his medical studies, Dr. Thomas saw firsthand the multitude of lives impacted by struggles with substance abuse and addiction, motivating him to seek a clinical psychiatry preceptorship at the San Diego VA Hospital’s Inpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program. In his post-graduate clinical work, Dr. Thomas later applied the tenets he learned to help guide his therapeutic approach with many patients in need of substance treatment. In his current capacity as Senior Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Dr. Thomas, works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.
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