Can Private Drug Rehab Cure Addiction?

Anyone who has gone to inpatient drug rehab or alcohol rehab has had the dream that something will happen during the month or more of the treatment program. We imagine that mental health specialists can provide therapy in rehab facilities that will erase drug addiction from the brain and end the ongoing substance abuse once and for all.

Does luxury rehab work?

We all know the old saying, “you get what you pay for”. While this may be true in many cases, luxury rehab may not be worth the exorbitant cost. At the high end, in a luxury rehab, patients with addiction and substance abuse issues are treated to a variety of comforting therapies and delicious food. There is horse therapy, art therapy, walks in nature, and even massages. You have heard the names of a few well known private facilities, such as Hazelden and the Betty Ford Center. The fact is that there are many such private drug rehab centers. And, not all provide quality therapy and medical care that will actually make a difference in treating the addiction for the long-term.

Private addiction treatment centers could do better.

There is an opportunity in the safe environment of a private addiction treatment program to make a difference to reduce alcohol and drug use. There are real evidence-based treatments that can make a difference. Inpatient rehab facilities could be providing more high-quality therapy given by doctors of psychology. More family therapy could be integrated. Medication-assisted treatment plans can be implemented, particularly making better use of affordable and safe drugs such as naltrexone. Far better, science-based treatment options can be provided in both private pay rehab programs and state-funded programs.

Private drug treatment centers do not have to be expensive inpatient drug addiction facilities.

Privacy rehabilitation for alcoholics and people addicted to dangerous drugs, such as heroin and fentanyl, can be performed at a private rehab non-facility. This means that a program can be run in a small doctor’s office, even with a small staff of just a few people. In fact, this may be ideal. Why do so many people have to know about your medical condition? Does it improve your outcome? Does a rehab center that provides group therapy with a large staff comprised mostly of people who are recovering from addiction themselves really have a positive effect on long-term success? The fact is that the most dangerous forms of substance abuse respond well to medical treatment that does not necessarily require exposure to large group meetings in rehabs and treatment centers.

Addiction treatment by professional mental health providers.

There are often repeated sayings in recovery meetings that psychiatry, psychology, and medical treatment did not work. They tell meeting attendees that spiritual fellowships provide the best, last hope for recovery. But how many of the people who hear this message have been to a psychologist experienced in treating addiction? How many have given the therapy process a chance to work? What about medical treatment? How often is it even used in rehabs? If rehabs are not sending their alcohol and drug-addicted patients home with naltrexone after a long inpatient admission, have they really provided the best care possible? 

Private rehab can work.

While the best option today for many patients may be to see a private doctor, in the long-term, private drug rehab in a residential setting can work. Sometimes a patient will benefit from immersion in therapy and isolation from the outside world. Yet, in this setting, it is important to not rely on old, outdated, and unproven methods. Medical science has advanced significantly in the past few decades. When rehabs start to focus on providing better therapy and better medical treatment, they will have better and more consistent outcomes.