Detox and Rehab Centers - Drug Addiction Treatment

Drug Abuse and Addiction

Detox and rehab centers range from austere monastic settings to lap of luxury spas where the rich and famous go to chase away their demons.

Celebrity sob stories are a constant reminder of how addiction can wreak havoc in anyone's life, regardless of the size of their bank balance. Most centers base their core treatment on much the same principles regardless of the daily price tag - counseling and detox programs, physical and psychological treatment and the 12 Step Program are all common elements of most residential rehab centers. The wealthy can ease their withdrawal symptoms in sumptuous suites with massage on tap and cordon bleu room service. The less well off have to make do with Spartan dormitory accommodation shared with other addicts.

The average length of stay in a detox center varies from one to three months depending on the severity of the addiction. This is followed up by therapeutic care in the community, which can last for well over a year.

Tried and Tested Rehab / Detox Centers

Promises in Malibu, California ( boasts a regular "Who's Who" of celebrity clients including actors Robert Downey Junior, Ben Affleck and Charlie Sheen. It also enjoys the services of a gourmet chef, one member of staff to every client and plenty of other extras, all for around $1,000 dollars a day! Tracking studies have shown that around 60% to 65% of Promises' clients have remained drug or alcohol free for at least one year after their treatment.

The exclusive Passages detox center in Malibu ( offers a glorious beachside setting and luxurious surroundings as part of its therapy and claims a 91% success rate.

One of the famous clinics in America is the non-profit making Betty Ford Center ( Clients sleep four to a room and share all cleaning and laundry duties - conditions which haven't deterred Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Drew Barrymore. Its 12 Step Program and combination therapies boast a 65% success rate.

These high profile celeb centers are a far cry from Thailand 's Wat Thamkrabok temple, run as a charity by Buddhist monks ( Its grueling detox program, in the most basic surroundings, involves purging the drug from the system as soon as possible with the aid of a special herbal drink which induces constant vomiting. The harsh regime, which includes hard labor in the fields and strict limits on conversation, has a high success rate but has proved too much for many.

It's understandable that Hollywood legends seeking help with addiction may not want to join Joe Public in group therapy sessions only to find their private lives splashed across the tabloids. But the jury is out on whether the most costly rehab centers achieve the best results. Regime, restriction and routine are the hallowed "three R’s" of the most successful centers no matter whether their "guests" are pampered or penniless.

In some countries, including the UK , government funded residential rehab is provided in national health service and charity-run centers. Many are doing pioneering work in areas such as mother and baby detox. Some treatment regimes involve an addict's entire family because close relatives are inevitably scarred by the abuse of drugs.

Prison rehab programs involve education, group counseling and usually segregation from other prisoners who might adversely affect the treatment. After a prisoner is released, continued care and counseling in the community is vital to their continued recovery. In the USA research has shown that if a drug offender continues with treatment after release, drug reuse and associated crime is significantly lower.


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