How to Choose a Luxury Detox

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2008 alonesome 1.8 million people in the United States were admitted for treatment for alcohol and drug abuse issues. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, you may be wonderinghow to choose a luxury detox that will provide a place to recover and recuperate in comfort.

The Benefits of Painless Detox

Withdrawal is one of the most painful aspects of embracing newfound sobriety. The longer you abuse illicit drugs or alcohol the more difficult it is for your body to copy when those intoxicants are flushed from your system. As you detox you may experience any or all of the following symptoms:

  • sweats
  • shaking or trembling
  • anxiety
  • nervousness
  • insomnia
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headaches or migraines

In severe cases of prolonged abuse detoxing can cause severe medical problems, but in most cases it's just very uncomfortable. A luxury rehab that offers medically supervised detox can help patients better cope with withdrawal symptoms in a way that minimizes discomfort and therefore maximizes the possibility of a smooth transition to sobriety.

Taking Advantage of Luxury Amenities

Alcohol detox is often a difficult experience, but opting for admittance to a residental drug detox facility that has a number of amentities that go above and beyond typical counseling and medical supervision can help make a 30 day (or longer) stay a bit more pleasant. Spa treatments, sumptious bed linens, healthy chef-prepared meals, gym access, and yoga classes are good not only for physical well-being but also for emotional and mental health. Having an outlet for excess energy and getting pampered while you confront your addictive behaviors is a big part of what luxury rehab is all about.

The Cost of Luxury Rehab

There are many positive attributes to luxury rehab, but the cost of these facilities can sometimes be prohibitive. Not all insurance plans cover a stay in a luxury facility, and those that do may pick and choose what services they'll cover while patients are admitted. For instance, some insurance plans will cover basic medical care, but not medically supervised detox, or they'll deny coverage for "extras" like exercise classes, meal plans, or outings. Before choosing which rehab facility you'll begin you recovery in, evaluate all your options thoroughly and know the extent of your coverage.

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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