How can I keep alcohol rehab private?

In 2009, more than 23.5 million Americans 12 years of age or older were in need of treatment due to either drug or alcohol abuse. Sadly, a mere 2.6 million (just over 11 percent) of those people actually received the professional medical attention they so desperately needed. Though there are many potential reasons why an alcohol addict might hesitate to seek treatment, one major concern is privacy. The shame and guilt many addicts feel can lead people with addictive behaviors to fear discovery, but hiding from help can also mean hiding from the chance at a brighter, healthier future.

 

Shared Secrecy

 

One of the main tenets of 12-step programs as well as other counseling and support groups is anonymity. These therapy sessions hold the promise of privacy as there is a mutual sense of respect – both for the recovery process as well as for the family and friends of each recovering addict – that creates a comfortable and safe place for healing to take place. By seeking out support groups run by qualified counselors or under the auspices of licensed and properly trained leadership, that promise of privacy is even more likely to be upheld.

 

Cash Pay vs. Insurance

 

Your personal or company-provided health insurance plan may cover alcohol rehabilitation programs, but using that insurance means involving more people than you may be comfortable with. Many employees worry that their jobs might be in jeopardy if their addiction secret is found out, or that they'll be ostracized or treated differently if their boss or the company HR department finds out about their plans for rehab. In these instances, cash pay, or paying for treatment out of pocket rather than relying on insurance coverage, may be an option. Rehabilitation centers often offer self-pay patients competitive rates far below those given to insurance companies.

 

Opt for PPO Insurance

 

If cash pay isn't an option, you'll need to rely on insurance to pay for rehab. PPO insurance allows you to seek the care of a specialist (in this case an addiction expert or similar medical professional) without first visiting a primary care physician (PCP) to receive a referral. When keeping alcohol rehab private is a serious concern, involving as few people as possible in the process may mean the difference between successfully enrolling in a program and succumbing to fear and addiction yet again. 

Free Weekly Newsletter
 
Please check your email to confirm sign up. Thank you!

Visions offers top-of-the-line treatment for 13 to 18 year old addicts, with alumni that includes Elizabeth Brockovich—daughter of Erin Brockovich—who found treatment in Vision's outpatient, day school, sober living and their Launch program.

Rating: 5 stars
Malibu and Los Angeles
$40,000/30 days (45 day minimum)

This SoCal program fosters a regimented but respectful recovery environment, where teens learn how to live sober through plenty of 12-step meetings and life-skills classes—not to mention "equine-assisted psychotherapy" and mixed martial arts.

Rating: 5 stars
Newport Beach, Calif.
$30,000/mo.

At Sober College, young people learn life skills and can take accredited college courses while going through treatment for addiction.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Woodland Hills, CA
$15,000 - $25,000 per month;

This San Diego luxury rehab provides customized treatment by highly qualified staff and, according to one alum, “Sets the gold standard for all other treatment centers.”

Rating: 5 stars
San Diego, CA
$60,000 for 30 days, additional $10,000 for a private room

This 12-step based non-profit Tennessee facility for men offers meetings, groups and camaraderie.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Burns, TN
30-day program: $6500; LTR Program / Extended Care: $5500 (monthly); step-down program (outpatient): $1500

This Austin, Texas rehab provides substance abuse and mental health services as an outpatient programs. It is universally beloved by its clients and alumni for the therapy provided to the individual and the support freely given by a caring staff.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Austin, TX
$190/day

If you are looking for a loving and nurturing outpatient program which still emphasizes accountability, this may be the place for you. Almost unanimously, clients credit this Lakewood, Colorado program with improving their lives in significant ways.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Lakewood, CO
$30-$50 per group; $50-$75 per one-on-one session.

The Sanctuary Byron Bay combines a completely individualized holistic approach with unrivaled luxury. If you want excellent treatment combined with true privacy and every possible amenity, including your own 24-hour carer, this is the place for you.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Byron Bay, Australia
$140,000/month

DARA is as lush and exotic as you might expect. Their program includes airport pick-up, a full medical exam at a nearby private hospital and luxury amenities—all at surprisingly affordable prices.

Rating: 4 stars
Koh Chang, Thailand
$6,995 for 4 weeks.

Highly rated by their teen clients and their families, Paradigm Malibu offers programs for a really wide range of adolescent disorders including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and eating disorders.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Malibu, CA
$49,000 flat rate