The growing demand for substance abuse treatment has created a crisis in the addiction treatment field. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the number of Americans who need alcohol or drug treatment far exceeds the number of those who actually get help. Why is quality treatment so hard to find? There are several things that may block individuals from seeking treatment:
- Individuals may have difficulty finding treatment that specializes in their needs or offers a high standard of care.
- Health insurance companies have increased their restrictions on the type and duration of alcohol rehab, which may make finding the right treatment more difficult.
- Many care providers in substance abuse treatment still lack training in mental health issues, which means that people who suffer from both alcohol use disorder and psychiatric disorders are not getting the integrated care they need.
As state-funded treatment centers and non-profit organizations struggle to meet the need for alcohol rehab, private alcohol treatment programs have increased in popularity. Private rehab was once thought to be a luxury for celebrities and wealthy executives, but today many Americans recognize the advantages that these facilities provide.
It is true that private alcohol rehab can cost more than most publicly funded services. However, an investment in quality rehab services can save a family, rescue a career and help individuals avoid legal problems in the future.
Recovering from alcoholism can prevent a host of serious health-related conditions, including liver disease, heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. When you consider all the benefits that privately funded facilities have to offer, private rehab is well worth the cost.
What Is Private Alcohol Treatment?
All substance abuse treatment facilities rely on money to fund their operations. But the source of this money can make a big difference in the facility’s ability to provide excellent care to its clients. Depending on the structure of the business, private for-profit rehabs rely on investments from financial shareholders and/or revenue from their clients to pay for the cost of services. Because the owners or shareholders of private treatment facilities demand patient satisfaction and exemplary business methodologies (not to mention that most shareholders in private rehab companies care about the cause of recovery or are in recovery themselves), private rehabs must be very competitive, offering the highest level of care in the field.
Many rehab facilities are run on a not-for-profit basis or through state (government) funding, which means that they provide a service to the community without expectation of earning revenue. Clients come from a wide range of financial backgrounds. Some are able to pay for services out of pocket; others are covered by medical insurance or by state-funded programs like Medicaid. Some clients cannot afford to pay or can only pay a minimal amount.
Because they operate like charitable organizations, nonprofit facilities are exempt from some of the state and federal taxes that for-profit centers must pay. However, they are also subject to more state and local regulations in the operation of their business. Often, these regulations allot funding in the same way that community health centers are funded: low funding and low pay for workers.
State-run and many nonprofit rehabilitation centers depend largely on funding from public sources, like the state government. Unfortunately, many state agencies provide limited funding for substance abuse treatment. The number of people who can be accepted is limited, as a result. Staffing often depends on the facility’s budget, which may or may not be adequate to cover enough qualified personnel. Often, clients are placed in the same treatment program with individuals who have widely different needs or levels of functionality, as limited funding does not allow for specialized treatment.
Private rehabilitation centers, by comparison, are able to attract highly credentialed staff members and to pay for enough personnel to provide comprehensive, quality care for their clients. While there’s no doubt that nonprofit substance abuse treatment centers provide a valuable, much-needed service to the community, they are often hampered in their mission by a lack of adequate funding.
How Private Rehab Measures Up
When you’re searching for a rehab facility, it’s important to consider more than the out-of-pocket cost. Think about what you or your loved one really needs from treatment and whether the facility is able to provide that level of care.
Here are a few factors to take into account as you compare your options:
- Type of facility. Substance abuse treatment is offered at a wide variety of locations. Non-private treatment may be provided by hospitals, community mental health centers, jails, religious organizations or publicly funded detox houses. Private treatment is typically provided at comfortable facilities that are dedicated to recovery. Locations are chosen to maximize privacy while offering a respite from the stress of daily life. Many of the top privately funded centers are located in beautiful natural surroundings to motivate and inspire their clients.
- Amenities offered. Private facilities attract clients by offering a wide range of amenities, such as private or semi-private rooms, exercise facilities, organic meals and massage services. Non-private facilities are usually safe and relatively comfortable. Rooms are usually shared by two or more occupants, and access to snacks, phone cards and other conveniences may be provided.
- Therapies provided. The variety and quality of healing modalities should be key factors in your choice of a rehab facility. While most private and public facilities offer individual therapy, group counseling and family counseling services, private rehab centers are able to employ state-of-the-art approaches to treatment. In addition to behavioral modification therapy, 12-Step meetings, relapse prevention groups and other mainstays of addiction treatment, private facilities offer integrative modalities like yoga, meditation, sweat lodge ceremonies and equine therapy.
- Who attends and why. Alcohol treatment centers provide care to people from all walks of life. However, private treatment centers tend to attract clients who are motivated by an individual desire to stop drinking, by a family’s intervention or by professional necessity. Non-private rehabs treat a wide range of clients, from self-referred individuals to people ordered to complete mandatory rehab by the court system.
Both private and non-private facilities can be accredited by national organizations like the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities(CARF). These organizations ensure the safety and quality of treatment programs across the country. As you compare alcohol rehab programs, look for a center that has been certified by at least one of these agencies.
Comparing the Cost
The fees for alcohol treatment at private, for-profit rehab centers are generally higher than the cost of services at nonprofit facilities. The out-of-pocket cost of service depends on a variety of factors, including:
- Residential versus outpatient care. An alcohol treatment program that includes 24-hour residential care will be more expensive than a program that’s administered on an outpatient basis. Residential treatment is often necessary to provide a safe level of medical monitoring during the alcohol detoxification process.
- Types of payment accepted. According to a survey of treatment centers sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, both private and non-private facilities accepted more than one type of payment, including self-payment, private insurance, military insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. However, some private facilities only accept self-payment before admission.
- Duration of treatment. Insurance companies impose limits — often 30, 60 or 90 days — on the length of treatment you can receive. For many individuals who are struggling with alcoholism, the average length of stay at a non-private facility isn’t enough to ensure a full recovery. A 90-day rehab program does not include a transitional stay at a sober living home, for instance. And treatment of co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression or schizophrenia may require 120 days or more.
- Location and services offered. Private, for-profit residential programs may cost $30,000 to $50,000 per month or more because of the amenities offered, treatment modalities provided and education level of the personnel. In exchange for these fees, for-profit facilities offer a level of confidentiality, seclusion and personalized care that aren’t available at most nonprofit rehab centers.
Private Rehab at The Canyon
When it comes to treating the disease of alcoholism, there’s no way to overestimate the value of quality care. Alcohol addiction is a devastating, chronic condition that can destroy your body, mind and spirit. Because addiction affects every aspect of your being, we at The Canyon take a holistic approach to rehab. Our residential treatment program at Peace Park in Malibu is renowned for the depth of its approach and the range of its healing modalities. Our philosophy of treatment is to use love to replace our clients’ fear with hope.
As part of our alcohol treatment program, we offer the following services and more:
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Peer group counseling
- Physical wellness classes
- Experiential therapy
- Relapse prevention training
- 12-Step meetings
- Family therapy
- Nourishing, organic meals
- A serene, seaside setting
- Exclusive accommodations
- Extended care services
- Alumni programs
The accredited treatment programs at The Canyon are personalized to fit your needs. From the time of your admission and initial assessment, we perform a careful evaluation of your mental and physical health in order to develop an individualized plan of care. We specialize in providing compassionate, integrated therapy for clients with co-occurring addictions and mental health disorders. Contact us for a confidential assessment of your needs and find out how our exclusive rehabilitation program can help you overcome the disease of alcoholism.