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Addiction Rehab Centers – Luxury vs. Free Rehab

The real reason an extremely low number of addicts make the decision to receive professional help is the lack of funds or insurance. For millions of people, paying for rehab is not an option. Out of the many treatment facilities in the country, addicts and their families find it hard find something affordable.

According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “Of the 20.6 million persons aged 12 or older in 2012 who were classified as needing substance use treatment but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility in the past year, 1.1 million persons (5.4 percent) reported that they felt they needed treatment for their illicit drug or alcohol use problem. Of these 1.1 million persons who felt they needed treatment, 347,000 (31.3 percent) reported that they made an effort to get treatment.”

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These figures express the seriousness of the situation. The number of people that become addicted is increasing every year.

In one of our previous articles, we talked about the cost of rehab. Choosing the right treatment facility is a major step towards recovery. Getting help by addressing the underlying issue and receiving individualized treatment are crucial measures.

Unfortunately, not every addiction facility provides the same level of care. The question is, what are the major differences between luxury and low-cost addiction treatment, and which one is more effective?

When it comes to the effectiveness of rehab facilities, we should note that every case is unique and the power of motivation and willingness shouldn’t be underestimated. Neither should great staff, and unique care. Here are the pros and cons of attending free vs. luxury treatment center.

Free or Low-Cost Rehab

Hundreds of thousands of addicts feel gratitude towards state-funded treatment facilities. For those living in poverty, debt, homeless or facing jail, these programs are a new opportunity.

Therefore the interest of entering a free rehab has increased. Especially after the announcement that the Affordable Care Act – known as “Obamacare” – covers treating substance abuse disorders. Regardless of cost, enrolling into a free rehab has its ups and downs.


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  • The cost

Addiction and its treatment are quite expensive. For those who are unable to spend money on recovery, free centers offer good services. Residents that succeeded staying sober, say that their determination brought them to the point of sobriety.

  • The staff and the programs

The local community usually supports state-funded rehab centers. Even though these programs are low, or no cost, the staff includes specialists that are knowledgeable and professional. Shortage of funds and too many residents influence the staff’s inability to pay individual attention to everyone in need.

Free rehab offers a variety of programs and includes medical detox. For many addicts entering in recovery and enrolling in some of the treatments such as group therapy, 12-Step support groups, faith-based program, intensive psychotherapy, education counseling, and relapse prevention training can save their lives. Residents engage in daily activities that fulfill their time and make them bond with other addicts.



  • Long waiting lists

One of the biggest disadvantages of free treatment is when the addict’s admission is put on hold for a long time. It is a common situation for addicts to decide against entering rehab if the wait-list is unreasonably long.

Not to mention that some people’s lives could be endangered if the facility does not admit them immediately after they express their will to seek help.

  • Accommodation and Privacy

With free treatment, there are no private rooms, luxury commodities, spa, a pool, breathtaking views, and much privacy. Usually, residents share a room for multiple people, the facilities don’t pay much attention to the nutritious plan, and the hygiene is on a low level.

  • Treatment Programs

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Studies show that individualized, holistic, evidence-based approach is more effective than traditional 12-step meetings or religion-based type of treatment. Free treatment facilities really on ‘one size fits all’ method for recovery, including group therapy and AA or 12-step approach for treatment, as well as an aftercare option.

  • Time spent in treatment

Since it can get quite crowded and the wait-list is sometimes more than six months long, free treatment can be limited. Meaning, an addict may be discharged from rehab before the time the treatment is supposed to finish. This can affect one’s recovery in a negative way and erase all positive progress.


Luxury Rehab


  • Fast admission time

In luxury or other costly addiction facilities, admission sometimes takes no longer than 24 hours. The brief admittance time is perfect for addicts, enabling them to enter a facility when they are motivated and assured in their decision.

  • Accommodation and Food

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Staying in a clean, quiet place while getting sober is crucial. Luxury rehabs offer pool, massages, acupuncture, spa, yoga, meditation, exercises, educational courses, family care, and nutritious meals while addressing the underlying issue of the person’s addiction.

For some, paying for these services is impossible. However, when compared to the cost of addiction, these programs are worth the money. The body of the addict is weak and exhausted from the  substance abuse. Proper nutrition plays a big role in recovery. It is how the individual gets healthy and energized, and prepares for the daily activities and mental challenges.


  • Staff

The staff in luxury treatment centers is high-quality. It includes are sorts of professionals and clinical experts that are well-educated and master their field. One of the biggest advantages this types of centers have is the staff-to-patient ratio, where everyone makes sure the client is well taken care of, and the care is highly individualized to one’s needs.

Also, the staff is the same through the whole recovery process, which is great for a person that needs to come out of their comfort zone and heal emotionally.

  • Treatment Programs


High-priced treatment facilities offer a variety of treatment programs. From holistic to traditional, residents get the services they pay for. They approach every addict as a unique individual and optimize the treatment to the one’s needs. Regardless of the commodities, treatment in luxury facilities is not just a vacation.

However, during the stay, and especially after detox, the addict needs peace, quiet, and privacy. Dealing with such condition is not easy. And staying in a facility where the staff is responsive 24/7, the care is on a high level, the food is nutritious, and the atmosphere is relaxing and comfortable, allows the addict to focus on recovery.

Other therapies that are evidence-based and has proven excellent when treating addiction are equine, art and music therapy, and are provided only in luxury treatment centers. Also, most of these centers are LGBT friendly allowing such residents to feel safe.


  • Cost

Probably the biggest disadvantage of a costly treatment center is the price. Not every addict can afford luxury facilities – except if the facility decides to accept insurance plans or give the person a scholarship. The effectiveness of the program doesn’t 100% depend on the treatment center, but the addict itself.

Therefore, for some people that might not be ready to go and receive help, spending thousands of dollars for treatment might be a huge mistake. Also, some of the facilities don’t include insurance or the insurance is cut in the middle of the treatment and the unfortunate patients need to leave the facility before the treatment is finished.


Entering a treatment facility is not an easy decision. But it is the first step towards recovery and healing. Even though most of the people can’t afford to enter a good treatment facility, the treatment they get through their hardest times might affect their long-term recovery.

For more information please call our Addiction Treatment Helpline at (844) 439-4765. This is a Free and completely confidential call. We are available 24/7. In many cases, your health insurance company will cover 100% of the treatment cost. So please call now.

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