The Benefits of Private Addiction Treatment
Private addiction treatment centers provide a safe environment for people who want to begin the recovery process from a drug or alcohol addiction. Aside from providing a comfortable place to stay during treatment, private drug rehab centers also offer the benefit of medical supervision and specialized addiction treatment programs.
Residing in an inpatient rehabilitation treatment facility for a short period of time means the person in recovery is away from people, places or situations associated with substance use. This makes it easier to focus on recovering without distractions or temptations.
Why Seek Private Addiction Treatment?
While there are a number of private drug rehab centers available, it’s important to remember that not every person will respond in the same way to the same treatments. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA1) the type of treatment needed for each person in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction needs to vary depending on each person’s needs.
Addiction treatment specialists will assess each person entering drug rehabilitation. Assessment determines:
- The type of drug being taken
- Whether the person is abusing more than one type of drug (polydrug abuse)
- The length of time the substance has been used
- The dosage being taken prior to treatment
- Whether there are any coexisting mental health disorders (dual diagnosis)
When each person’s individual needs have been assessed, addiction specialists can then customize the right combination of tailored treatments and therapies to suit that person’s needs.
What Happens During Private Addiction Treatment?
All quality rehab treatment programs begin with the detox process. Depending on the type of drug being taken, some people may require specific prescription medication to help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms experienced during detox.
However, some people may need to taper down the dosage they’re currently taking rather than try to stop intake suddenly. For example, trying to quit sedative drugs such as Xanax or Valium cold turkey could result in potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. In order to avoid the negative side effects of quitting use, it’s important that people in recovery reduce their dosage levels slowly and carefully under medical supervision.
Private rehabilitation centers will frequently offer these services, as well as others to improve comfort throughout the detox process. Additional amenities may include specialized nutritious meals, massages, or guided meditation and yoga. These amenities frequently naturally increase dopamine levels and help to ease discomfort during withdrawal.
Types of Private Addiction Treatment Programs
There are several different types of private addiction rehab programs available, but not every type of treatment program will be right for each person. Just as the reasons and triggers behind each person’s addiction are different, the type of treatment program must also be customized.
Residential Rehab Programs
Residential rehab treatment programs require that people in recovery live on location at center for the duration of treatment. People in recovery at a private residential program have the benefit of around the clock medical monitoring and supervision to ensure their safety throughout the detox process, as well as medication management to help relieve symptoms of withdrawal.
Comprehensive rehab treatment programs also use a combination of individual counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, motivational interviewing, and group support meetings. Private rehabilitation centers will also incorporate a variety of alternative or holistic therapies to help improve outcomes.
Each day in rehab treatment is highly structured to build good routines and long-term healing. Daily schedules typically include therapy and counseling sessions, group support meetings, as well as recreational activities or time for quiet reflection. Private centers typically offer more recreational activities and field trips compared to public treatment centers. In most cases intensive rehab programs last for 28 days, although some people may need to remain in treatment for longer periods of time to improve successful outcomes.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
An outpatient rehab treatment program requires an intensive time commitment each day by the person in recovery. Some outpatient programs also meet for two or three hours during the evenings throughout the week.
In some cases, a person with strong support from family and friends may be recommended to an outpatient treatment facility for treatment. However, outpatient rehab programs are also often extremely beneficial for people who have been discharged from residential drug rehab centers, but still require ongoing treatment and support in recovery.
Outpatient treatment programs offer the same types of treatments and therapies as residential rehab programs, but people in recovery have slightly more freedom to remain living at home.
Each person is required to check in with addiction specialists daily for medication management and to attend pre-scheduled counseling or therapy sessions. After treatments have ended the person is allowed to return home for the evening.
Outpatient treatment programs allow people in recovery to maintain regular routines, including going to work or school or keeping up with family commitments. While there is a bit more freedom with an outpatient program, it’s important to remember that there is the risk of returning to homes that include people or situations that already contributed to a substance abuse disorder. As a result, there is increased risk of relapsing into a pattern of self-destructive behavior.
Partial Hospitalization Treatment
Some people who have family obligations at home may benefit from being admitted into day treatment, or partial hospitalization treatment. This type of treatment plan is a type of outpatient program that allows people in recovery to participate in day treatments only.
The treatments and therapies used are the same as those offered in an intensive residential rehab program and involve checking in with an addiction specialist on a regular basis. People in recovery have the advantage of medication management, individual counseling, group support meetings, alternative therapy sessions, and withdrawal support.
While partial hospitalization treatments and sessions tend to be conducted throughout the day, many people in recovery are also expected to attend 12-step meetings or other group support meetings in the evenings.
Dual Diagnosis Therapy
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 45% of people struggling with addiction also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. If a person entering treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction is found to have a co-existing mental health disorder, it’s important that an integrated treatment plan is used to ensure both conditions are treated at the same time.
A combination of specialized counseling sessions and medication therapies are used to ensure that both the mental health condition and the addiction are treated equally throughout treatment.
Sober Living Homes
Many people leaving rehab worry about returning home into an environment that previously led to substance abuse. After all, spending time in a drug rehab center with the structures routines and assistance can make it easier to change self-destructive behavior. Unfortunately, when many return home there is a realization that nothing else has changed around them.
Rather than leave rehab and returning to their old environment, some people may benefit from the aftercare option of living in a sober living home. Private drug rehabilitation centers frequently have relationships with reputable sober living homes and can provide recommendations or referrals.
Also known as halfway houses, sober living homes allow people in recovery to continue building healthy daily routines and self-care practices learned in rehab. Residents can go to work or school or engage in some types of recreational activities. People in sober living homes also have the benefit of associating with others facing similar challenges in recovery as they continue to form healthy new routines and daily schedules.
Some sober living facilities also offer luxury amenities, including on-site chefs, hot-tubs of pools, beach access or even vacations as a reward for those who are successful throughout their stay.
Living in a sober living community frequently require residents to contribute to chores and financial responsibilities. For some people, this can mean finding a job. For others it might mean enrolling into study programs to improve job skills and increase employment opportunities.
Perhaps the most underestimated benefit of residing in a sober living community is the opportunity to break free from toxic friends or acquaintances. At the same time, residents can build new peer connections that aren’t associated with drug or alcohol use.
Group Support Programs
Group support programs are often community based rather than being conducted in a more formal setting. Most people associate group meetings with the traditional 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), but there are various other group programs including SMART Recovery.
Perhaps one of the most challenging times for people in recovery is the evenings. While there may have a couple of hours of support and companionship during in-person group meetings, it’s also important to have a source of support at times when meetings aren’t available.
Fortunately, there are also several online-based meetings, chat groups and forums available designed to allow people in recovery to seek out the support they need at any time of the day or night.
Private Addiction Treatment Aftercare Programs
Aftercare programs offer people in recovery access to a variety of individual counseling sessions, group support meetings, alternative or holistic therapies, and a range of other sober activities.
During an intensive rehab treatment program, people in recovery begin learning healthy ways to deal with cravings and cope with stress without the need for drugs or alcohol. However, after rehab ends it’s important that there is still ongoing access to resources, therapy sessions, and treatments needed to stay abstinent over the long term.
Just because a person is discharged doesn’t mean that treatment should stop. A high-quality private addiction treatment center typically offers a range of programs that provide ongoing therapy and support.