Where Can I Get Help?
Coming to terms with the fact that you or someone close to you needs treatment is tough! It’s an emotionally draining process that’s ripe with confusion, denial, anger, fear, and anxiety.
Adding to the confusion are the seemingly endless number of treatment options available. While this is a good thing in many ways, a blessing even, it also makes it harder for individuals seeking quality substance abuse rehab.
So, how can you sift through all the choices? How can you narrow down the many options to find a treatment center that fits your unique needs? Well, the first thing you need to do is differentiate between state run and private rehabs.
Even within the world of substance abuse treatment, there’s a large difference between the two. Each possesses their own pro’s and con’s. State run rehab, for example, is usually much more affordable. In some cases, it’s even free.
Find a detailed breakdown of the benefits and drawbacks of state run and private rehab below!
State Run Rehab
State run treatment often gets a bad rap. This is especially true in “recovery hotspots” like south Florida, California, and Arizona. Sober addicts in these areas tend to speak despairingly about state funded rehabs. This is due, in no small part, to the substandard service they’re perceived to offer.
However, state run facilities actually offer a lot of treatment options! For example, there are numerous state run rehabs in southern Florida that offer medical detoxes, inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient groups, and alumni support. They do all this for the low price of free!
Here we’ve come to the main benefit state run treatment centers offer. They’re low cost or free. They’re usually state or federally funded. While there’s never enough money allocated to make state or federally funded addiction treatment truly groundbreaking, there’s enough to make it a viable option for those in need of inexpensive help.
The major drawback of state run rehabs is their actual service. Therapists are coming and going, usually using state treatment centers to gain experience before moving into the private sector. State funded rehabs are usually overcrowded and there’s often a waiting list to be admitted. The actual programs offered are sometimes outdated and don’t reflect the latest trends in addiction medicine. To put it another way, state run treatment centers are, generally speaking, held together by a shoestring.
Still, they’re a valuable option in the fight against addiction! If you need help and are low on money, state run rehabs are an excellent choice.
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Private, or for profit, rehabs are what people generally think of when they think of rehab. These are the stereotypical twenty-eight day programs (although, it’s worth noting that state funded treatment centers are usually twenty-eight days as well). They’re also increasingly expensive.
That’s the major drawback of private rehabs – their even increasing costs. A typical private treatment center costs anywhere from the low to mid four-figures for a twenty-eight day stay. This effective prices it out for many people struggling with substance abuse.
However, the benefits private treatment centers offer are unparalleled. Patients receive individualized treatment plans, comprehensive group and individual counseling, innovative modalities, across the board support services, and clinical care that follows the latest developments in addiction medicine.
So, the difference between state and private rehabs really boils down to a matter of cost vs. services. While state funded treatment centers are more affordable, they don’t offer the same level of individualized and patient centered care that private facilities do.