In 2007, a study conducted in California found that about half of people who were sentenced to a drug rehab program failed to complete the program, and about a quarter of these sentenced people never showed up for treatment at all. Disturbing statistics like this are, unfortunately, a common part of addiction care. Many people who have addictions simply don’t believe that they need help, and many of those who do accept the need for help drop out of their programs before they’ve been completed. The problem is multifaceted, and as a result, there are no easy answers. But, high-end treatment facilities are doing their part to make treatment enticing, and perhaps even a little enjoyable, in the hopes that people will stay involved and enrolled in care. That’s the best way to truly tackle an addiction, and high-end facilities may be the right choice for some types of people. These are treatments commonly provided in facilities like this.
The key to any effective addiction treatment program lies in therapy, and that remains the same whether people attend county-sponsored, low-cost rehab programs or whether they invest in high-end treatment facilities. Therapy helps people to understand and control their urges, and therapists direct that work. A key to successful therapy, however, involves understanding. Therapists need to relate to the issues their clients are struggling with, and ideally, they need a prior history of helping another client to deal with the same issue, sometime in the past. At a high-end treatment facility, therapists are accustomed to dealing with concerns faced by people at the upper end of the income level, and they know just how to reach these people and provide them with the right kind of help.
That therapy might be augmented by other scientifically proven addiction treatments, including:
- Medication management
- Group therapy
- Support group participation
- Family therapy
Again, these are components that are considered vital for an addiction treatment program, no matter where that program might be housed, so it’s not surprising that they would be provided in a high-end facility.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, addiction therapies are protected by confidentiality laws, and treatment facilities that discuss the names of the people they treat can get slapped with fines. High-end facilities might take this need for privacy protection one step further by using landscaping or physical barriers to keep reporters and photographers far away. These facilities might also ask clients to sign waivers detailing privacy concerns. If clients discuss one another in public when therapy is through, they could be in violation of that paperwork, and they could be sued. While breaches of privacy are so infrequent that these documents are rarely needed, some high-end clients find it comforting to think that their privacy will be so guarded and protected.
High-end facilities might offer amenities that lower cost facilities might not be able to provide. For example, high-end facilities might provide clients with gourmet meals, cooked by an award-winning chef. Clients might be able to play golf, take yoga classes or work with horses, all as part of their addiction therapy. They might also be able to utilize saunas, hair salons and masseuses during their stay. These items might seem like meaningless perks, but they could be vitally important to people in treatment. People who are accustomed to luxury at home might crave those simple pleasures as they heal, and if the facility won’t provide those benefits, clients might just as easily leave and not come back.
While few high-end facilities discuss their fees openly, as the costs can vary dramatically depending on the type of addiction at play and the benefits the facility chooses to offer, it’s safe to say that high-end facilities are more expensive than other options available in the marketplace today. For example, an article in the New York Times from 2007 suggests that high-end facilities could cost up to $40,000 for a month’s stay, and some facilities might cost yet more. It can seem like a huge investment, but for families touched by addiction, the price might be small, when compared to the devastation continuing drug and alcohol abuse could cause.
At Axis, we work hard to keep our treatment plans affordable, but we also don’t skimp on quality. Our clients have access to luxurious accommodations in the heart of Palm Springs, and we can provide a variety of alternative therapies that can complement and augment the traditional addiction treatments we provide. We like to think we can help everyone, at any price level, and we’d like to help you. Please call us to find out more.