With all the press as of late about celebrities entering rehab facilities, these high profile rehab facilities themselves seem to have come under a sort of attack. It seems as though because a facility offers massage therapy and high sheet thread counts, it is judged more harshly than somewhere with a more institutional feel. The perception that rehab and addiction recovery needs to be grim and uncomfortable should be changed, and perhaps if addicts had a better understanding of the therapeutic options available to them, more people that truly need help would be encouraged to get it.
I’m certainly not arguing that because a rehab facility offers a luxurious and beautiful environment, that it is somehow superior to another that may not boast such tranquility and splendor, and everyone’s rehab experience basically comes from within, from a willingness to accept the teachings and to make a determined effort to change. You can’t put a price on something like this, and the finest rehab facility in the country can’t help an addict that’s not ready to make a commitment to recovery.
Additionally, the environment must be considered secondary to the therapy and addictions professionals employed within. Recovery happens best with the guidance of professionals and other recovering and recovered addicts, and these must surely be considered of greater importance than any of the accommodations or facilities offered. But, simply because a facility offers shiatsu massage, aromatherapy and luxurious personal cabins, it doesn’t mean that they have necessarily skimped on the more basal aspects of recovery. I don’t believe that a rehab environment needs to be, or even should be, an uncomfortable place.
The process is difficult enough, and if the facility can offer a beautiful campus and comfortable surroundings, then perhaps this transfers a small measure of strength away from worrying about the personal environment, to the more important task of self discovery and healing.
Exercise and nutrition are equally important parts of any rehab, and is a rehab any less valid if the meals are offered by a trained chef rather than a dietician, and if the golf is played instead of basketball? Like all things in life, the best always comes with a high price tag, and the cost of a month at one of the Country’s top facilities is not insubstantial, but for those that can afford it, why not invest in a facility that offers the best and most comfortable transition back to sobriety? I’ve been to two rehabs, and while they certainly weren’t in the league of those frequented by Hollywood celebrities and titans of industry, neither were they cheap. They offered the best compromise of comfort and facilities and price for my family and I, and although I could have purchased a fairly nice car with what I’ve paid for treatment, I would never consider that money spent to have been wasted, and when I consider how much I threw away in bars, the price tag of a couple of rehabs starts to look like a bargain.
My advice is to get the best experience you can reasonably afford. Getting sober is one of the most challenging experiences of anyone’s life, and you should pick the rehab center that offers you acceptable comfort and facilities, and confers the most likely possibility of success. Therapeutic programs and staff are number one, but it’s certainly not absurd to consider your comfort during a very difficult month away from home and family.