Recovering from addiction isn’t just a matter of transforming the mind, but also of healing a damaged body and a broken spirit. When it comes to recovery, the atmosphere at an addiction treatment center and the comfort of its accommodations are as important as the psychosocial therapies. Elements like the landscaping, décor, cuisine, and amenities soothe the mind while nourishing the body. Away from the stressors of your everyday environment, you can truly enjoy a fresh start.
When you’re comparing addiction treatment programs, keep in mind that there are many important factors that determine the quality of care:
- The facility’s credentials and certifications
- The therapeutic treatments provided
- The education and experience of the staff
- The staff-to-client ratio
- The location of the treatment center
- The level of accommodations
- The availability of special amenities
- The program’s aftercare service
With a few rare exceptions, cost is a consideration for most clients. For some patients, finding a high-profile program with luxury accommodations is extremely important, while others prefer a more low-key setting with a serene, simple décor. An intake counselor, therapist, or your health care provider can help you set priorities for your recovery.
The Challenges of Getting Quality Treatment
According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 4 million Americans over the age of 11 were treated for a substance use disorder in that year alone. Out of that number, the majority (over 2 million) sought help from a self-help group like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Outpatient rehab was the next most popular option, with 1.5 million patients being treated for alcohol or drug addiction.
Approximately 1 million Americans were admitted to inpatient or residential treatment, while the rest received help at emergency departments, hospitals, jails, or other non-specialty facilities where accommodations were not a priority. Out of those who needed addiction treatment but didn’t receive it, 34 percent stated that they couldn’t afford to get help.
No matter what your personal situation, your addiction history, or your financial status may be, help is available. Before you give up on your dream of a healthy, drug-free life, take some time to research your options. Some of the leading treatment facilities offer advanced treatment services with beautiful accommodations at reasonable rates, and many of these programs accept insurance.
Levels of Care
Not all addiction treatment programs offer the same range of amenities or the same quality of accommodations. There are many different types of facilities that offer substance abuse treatment services, from public detox facilities to community mental health centers to standalone rehab facilities. Basic rehab services like detox and counseling can also be provided at private clinics, correctional centers, and emergency rooms. Some programs are covered by health insurance or public assistance, while others accept only private payment.
The quality and scope of these programs vary significantly. In general, the more costly programs offer better amenities, a higher staff-to-patient ratio, and more appealing accommodations. In general, you can expect to pay more for a higher level of care and more comfortable surroundings. So what sort of amenities and accommodations do you find at each rung of the ladder?
Inexpensive or free rehab services are available at publicly funded detox facilities, non-profit hospitals, community health clinics, or correctional facilities. At this level of care, patients can expect to receive basic recovery services like detox, counseling, and introduction to 12-step principles. Case management may be provided to connect patients with important services in the community, such as transportation, educational assistance, job placement services, and childcare. Accommodations, if provided, are functional and minimal, covering basic needs like room, board, and access to public television and telephone. Twelve-step meetings are often held on the premises to encourage patients to integrate these principles into their recovery. Detox services are usually limited to medical monitoring and symptom management.
Mid-level treatment programs offer a more intensive level of care, with services like detoxification, individual therapy, family and marriage counseling, life skills classes, discharge planning, and case management. Accommodations for inpatient programs typically consist of a modestly decorated room shared with one or more roommates, along with a shared bathroom and community dining services. Housekeeping services are usually provided, but residents may be expected to participate in chores as part of their recovery. Mid-level inpatient and outpatient programs are offered at standalone rehab facilities, community centers, hospitals, and private clinics. Health insurance, public assistance, or private payment may be accepted. Sliding scale programs are usually available for patients with limited financial resources.
At the upper level of care, accommodations and amenities are given a high priority. These facilities are designed to appeal to the senses and promote a feeling of overall well-being, with comfortable private or shared bedrooms, well-appointed meeting rooms, exercise facilities, and elegant landscaping. Treatment programs emphasize the importance of good nutrition with meals prepared by a chef, often using local or organic foods. The location is chosen for its beauty as well as its convenience. Individual psychotherapy, group counseling, family and couples therapy, holistic treatments, and experiential therapies are provided by highly trained, credentialed staff. At this level, some facilities accept health insurance, while others accept only private payment.
The highest level of treatment offers luxury accommodations in a resort-like setting. Holistic therapies like massage, yoga, acupuncture, and drumming circles are an important part of the healing process. A strong emphasis is placed on the quality of the accommodations and the aesthetic beauty of the landscaping. Clients have the option to stay in a private room or to share a room with one of their peers in recovery. Nutritious meals prepared from locally grown, organic foods provide comfort and nutrition for the body. These residential treatment centers are located in scenic surroundings that encourage motivation and inspire hope for the future. Swimming pools, gardens, ponds, and walking paths provide the opportunity for exercise, meditation, or quiet reflection. Well-appointed meeting rooms and private offices provide a comfortable, focused atmosphere for the work of recovery. The cost of treatment at these luxury facilities can vary considerably. Some facilities accept only private payment, while others accept health insurance.
The Importance of Accommodations
Do accommodations and amenities really make a difference in the quality of care you receive or your chances of long-term recovery? A visually appealing, calming environment provides a much-needed respite from a chaotic, stressful world. Many addicts have never had the opportunity to care for their bodies or to focus on their spiritual development. Residential recovery opens the door to a new level of healing, where deep transformation can take place.
Luxury recovery centers create an atmosphere that’s conducive to health and well-being on every level. When the body is relaxed and the mind is rested, the client can focus completely on the intensive work of therapy. Exercise classes and fitness training help clients work through difficult emotions while developing a sense of strength and confidence. Creative studios and expressive therapies allow them to release painful memories or process traumatic experiences in a safe environment. Beautifully landscaped gardens, paths, and courtyards invite the client to meditate, rest, and contemplate the future.
Once a client enters rehab, the risk of dropping out before finishing treatment is high. Addiction is a powerful disease, and the cravings and withdrawal symptoms can become overwhelming. Quality accommodations and amenities encourage clients to stay in treatment and experience the full benefits of therapy, so they can enjoy happier, more fulfilling lives. According to Clinical Psychology Review, the following factors increase the chances that a client will finish treatment:
- A higher ratio of staff to clients
- A higher rate of expenditure for each client
- A desirable, convenient location
- Prompt, individualized attention from staff
- Small, supportive peer groups
Accommodations alone aren’t enough to ensure a successful recovery. You also need access to a full range of treatment therapies, including evidence-based modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI). Families and partners should be engaged in the recovery process through counseling, activities, and support groups. Twelve-step classes and group counseling sessions support personal development in recovery. Case management and aftercare services ensure that the transition from rehab to the next level of care is seamless and fluid.
What makes a Quality Staff?
Staffing is one of the most significant factors in determining quality of care. The treatment team serves as your support network in recovery. It’s vitally important that these professionals have the proper training, the right credentials, and a high level of commitment to their work. At a treatment center that specializes in co-occurring disorders — or the co-existence of a psychiatric illness and substance use disorder — staff should be cross-trained in mental health care and substance abuse treatment. A comprehensive staff includes:
- A physician/medical director
- One or more psychiatrists
- Registered nurses (RNs)
- Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
- A nutritionist
- A registered dietitian
- Licensed or certified addiction therapists
- Holistic therapists (massage, yoga, acupuncture, etc.)
- Case managers
- Behavioral health technicians
Most treatment facilities devote a large percentage of their budget to staffing. The best facilities dedicate an even greater share of their resources to hiring and maintaining qualified team members who are passionate about recovery. The higher the ratio of staff members to clients, the more personalized attention and emotional support each client will receive.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Treatment Program
Addiction treatment represents a big investment. You’ll be committing a great deal of time and energy to the recovery process so that you can build a better future for yourself and your loved ones. Effective treatment also requires a financial commitment. Although cost shouldn’t be your only concern when you’re choosing a facility, price is a very real factor in your choice of a treatment program. Weighing the cost of treatment against the benefits can be challenging, especially if your resources are limited.
As you compare facilities, it may help to make a list of your priorities and goals for treatment, such as:
- Improving your physical health
- Building strong, trusting relationships
- Gaining mental clarity for your professional life
- Working on your spiritual progress
- Learning how to set healthy boundaries
- Learning how to say “no” to drugs or alcohol
- Learning healthy ways to manage stress
Can you achieve all of your goals at a low- or mid-level rehab facility? Or would you benefit more from the soothing, restful environment of a higher-level treatment center? In a setting that nurtures your body, mind, and spirit, addiction treatment can be the first stage in a lifelong process of renewal.
Questions to Ask a Treatment Center
Before you commit to a recovery program, investigate a number of treatment centers. Don’t omit the possibility of traveling to a location outside of your community — many clients find that they can concentrate more effectively and achieve better therapeutic results when they have a break from their daily environment. Use this checklist to research the facilities in your community or out of state.
- Is your facility certified by the state agency that regulates substance abuse treatment centers?
- Is the program certified — or are you pursuing certification — by national organizations that regulate health care organizations?
- Do you offer a full continuum of care, from the intake phase through residential treatment, partial hospitalization, outpatient care, and aftercare?
- Do you provide comprehensive medical evaluations and mental health assessments? Do you have individually tailored treatment plans?
- What therapeutic treatments do you provide for your clients?
- Do you have integrated treatment plans for clients who have co-occurring mental health disorders?
- Do you offer support services for families and partners?
- What aftercare services do you offer?
- Where are you located? Are there opportunities for outdoor recreation as well as access to transportation, shopping, and other conveniences?
- What are your accommodations like? What amenities do you provide?
- Can I schedule a tour?
Located in beautiful Umatilla, Florida, The Recovery Village® offers the ideal destination for your recovery. Our facilities have been completely renovated to create an atmosphere that promotes health and well-being on all levels. Our rural setting near the Ocala National Forest provides a retreat from the stress of daily life, yet we have easy access to the urban conveniences of Orlando.
If you’re ready to take the first steps toward creating a healthy new life, we invite you to schedule a tour of our residential treatment center today. Our intake specialists are ready to talk with you at any time.