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Private Alcohol Rehab – Is it the Right Choice for Me?

If you’re struggling to stop drinking, consider entering a private alcohol rehab program. This type of rehab is also often referred to as: executive, exclusive, or even celebrity. Unlike publicly funded programs, private rehabilitation allows you to get help in a remote, anonymous setting. Most private rehabs feel more like resorts than traditional rehab centers because they’re set in the middle of nature where most people won’t stumble upon them by accident.

People choose to enter into private alcohol rehab programs for a variety of reasons. For some, the comfort provided by this type of residential treatment center makes recovery easier because the patient need not give up his or her accustomed lifestyle while undergoing treatment. Dealing with alcohol dependency or alcohol abuse is difficult enough, and the idea of having to cope with difficult living circumstances at the same time can be overwhelming. Private alcohol rehab clinics also can provide services that federally funded programs are prohibited from offering, such as alternative therapies and holistic care options. A program at a private treatment center is also more personalized, since the medical professionals at the facility will tailor your program specifically for you instead of having you go through a standard program that all participants complete.

Inpatient and Outpatient Settings

Private alcohol rehabilitation can mean checking into a private inpatient facility or undergoing treatment on an outpatient basis at a private clinic. Many facilities offer both options, and which one you choose depends on the severity of the alcohol abuse or addiction as well as the lifestyle of the individual seeking treatment. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment at a private facility are completely anonymous.

What to Expect from Private Alcohol Treatment

Private alcohol treatment is often more extensive than what you can find at a public rehab center. Public centers are dependent on government funds to stay open and thus must stick to traditional treatments. While these treatments are generally helpful, some addicts find other, less well-known treatments to be useful supplements to their main treatment. For example, some private rehabs offer yoga and meditation sessions in addition to individual and group therapy and 12-step programs. If you’re interested in a private rehab, look for one that has most of the following characteristics:

  • Medical personnel on staff. Although private rehabs may offer alternatives to the traditional medical model for treating alcoholism, there should be traditional doctors and nurses on staff. Some people have physical problems when withdrawing from alcohol, and medical attention is needed to help them safely stop drinking. In addition, new patients should receive a medical evaluation so that they can get treatment for any coexisting physical or psychiatric disorders that may be contributing to alcoholism.
  • Expertise in dealing with alcoholism. Psychologists and psychiatrists on staff should understand the disease of alcoholism and how to best help patients stay sober. Although most psychologists have a basic understanding of addiction, when you go to rehab you want to work with people who are experts in this field so that you have the best chance of overcoming your addiction.
  • Nonjudgmental and safe environment. Staff should be committed to acceptance of diversity among clients as well as nonjudgmental about what you’ve done in the past or your feelings about alcohol. In addition, the environment should be welcoming and promote sobriety. Drug and alcohol use should not be tolerated, as this interferes with the effectiveness and safety of the environment.
  • Personal contact with staff during the program and after the program has been finished. Staff should work one-on-one with clients to help each person get and stay sober. Staff should change or update your treatment plan as you progress through the program, and after you finish the program you should have the opportunity to participate in aftercare activities for at least one year so that you can get the support you need to stay sober.

Are Private Rehab Centers Better?

Private alcoholism treatment works better for some alcoholics than public rehab centers. Public centers sometimes feel like they are too exposed. Although people who aren’t part of the rehab program aren’t supposed to come inside the rehab center, some alcoholics may worry that others will find out that they are in rehab. This can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment. In addition, public rehabs are limited to only giving traditional therapy, which may not appeal to people who are interested in alternative spiritual or medical practices.

Regardless of whether you prefer public or private alcoholism treatment, you deserve to find a rehab that can give you what you most need to stay sober. Call to explore what your options are. You can discuss the advantages of private alcohol rehab with a rehab counselor before making your final decision.


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