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Private Alcohol Rehab Centers

If you’re dealing with alcohol misuse, a private rehab center may be an appropriate place to receive treatment. Some people prefer being in private treatment for alcohol addiction because they can focus more on recovery. This mode of treatment can be an effective way to get away from the influences of alcohol while you work on sobriety.

What Is Private Rehab?

Private alcohol rehab centers are privately-owned facilities that offer addiction treatment. Many private rehab centers offer evidence-based therapy, and usually will accept insurance, private pay, or some combination of the two.

A private rehab is different from a public, government-funded facility. Free rehab facilities may often be crowded due to the many people needing their services. In addition, public entities don’t always have the funding and staff to offer the range of services that a private rehab can provide.

In addition, a private rehab facility can give clients two main treatment types: talk therapy and medications. 1(top)

Private Alcohol Rehab Treatment Settings

Private rehab centers offer the four recommended levels of care for alcohol treatment.1(halfway) These levels of care are defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine: 1(halfway)

  • Residential inpatient treatment: Inpatient treatment is a supervised program that gives clients 24/7 monitoring in a comfortable setting. 2(p15)
  • Outpatient treatment: This allows clients to meet for therapy on a weekly basis. 2(p16)
  • Intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization: This outpatient treatment is more thorough and rigorous, with approximately 4 to 8 hours per day of therapy.2(p16)

Additionally, many private alcohol rehabs will also offer medical detoxification services, or detox for short. Detox is the process by which the body removes substances and toxins. Oftentimes, those with alcohol addiction my struggle with alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and may benefit from medical detox services. Aftercare and relapse prevention services may also be offered by a private rehab center.

Therapies Offered at Private Alcohol Rehab Programs

Therapy is a foundational component of any rehab program, including an alcohol treatment program. The types of therapy that you will engage in depend on what level of care you are currently receiving and your assessed needs. However, at private addiction treatment centers, you can expect to have access to the following types of therapies:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: CBT is a common type of therapy that combines cognitive therapy with behavioral therapy. This therapy is based on the belief that our thoughts, emotions, and behavior are all intertwined and affect each other. During therapy, the clinician’s goal is to enable you to change thought patterns that may influence you negatively and lead to regretful behaviors.3(top & mid)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy: This therapeutic approach refers to synthesizing two polar opposites: change and acceptance. Patients are encouraged to accept themselves while simultaneously being motivated to change their behavior. DBT unites change and acceptance.4(top paragraphs)
  • Motivational interviewing: This approach works to motivate people to seek out treatment.5(box)
  • Family therapy: Family therapy can assist in healing the dynamic within the family structure.6

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.

Private Alcohol Rehab vs. Public Alcohol Rehab

One benefit of a private alcohol rehab over a public one is that you will have many more options. Some of the additional options include being able to access all the treatment levels of care necessary to make a full recovery.

Furthermore, private rehabs are usually available right away, so you can begin your recovery journey. While private treatment centers will cost more than publicly funded ones, you may have longer wait times to get in and not have all the services at your disposal.

With a private addiction rehab for alcohol, you can receive the level of comfort and amenities you desire, which can make the experience more enjoyable and motivating.

Finding the Right Alcohol Rehab Center

Finding the right alcohol rehab center is important as you begin the path to sobriety. You can discuss your situation with your doctor. They may be able to give insight into what steps to take next or how important it is to move forward to a treatment program. You may also consider visiting the SAMHSA treatment locator to search for alcohol rehabs by zip code.

Addiction helplines are another resource when searching for alcohol rehab help. American Addiction Centers (AAC) operates an addiction helpline that you can call 24/7. An admissions navigator is on hand to answer questions about addiction, help locate suitable alcohol rehab centers, and verify your insurance. Reach out to AAC now for a quick way to get the answers you need.


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