Here’s The Difference Between Real Substance Abuse Rehab And So-Called Luxury Options


substance abuse rehabThose who’ve had to learn about the world of addiction recovery services will have undoubtedly encountered the term “luxury.” It sounds inviting, but it’s often applied with a broad brush and rings hollow, too. When someone struggling with addiction needs to enter a substance abuse rehab, what they really need is a continuum of care and not coddling that parades under the banner of luxury. DreamLife Recovery, which will open in early 2019 and become a lifeline to those living in western Pennsylvania and beyond, is using this article to explain the difference. Readers will not only learn what long-term care can provide over so-called luxury services, but they’ll see what clinical care services are part of the former approach — but rarely the latter.

If there are two overused concepts in the addiction recovery services sector, it’s “luxury” and “Florida.” Both have lost their meaning and have even started garnering negative connotations. According to a 2018 article from CNBC, one rehab operator was accused of “stealing millions by keeping insured addicts hooked on drugs” and turning “sober homes into drug-fueled brothels.” This is what happens when there are too many players in the field, too little oversight and so many people suffering from addiction who need someone or something that’s going to help them turn their lives around. When families and loved ones looking for a skilled treatment center hear about conditions like the ones outlined in the CNBC piece, it makes them wonder about Florida and all of the sales pitches that mislead everyone who picks up a brochure. Will exposure to sun-drenched beaches really help everyone who steps foot on one? We doubt it.

Naturally, the next question we must answer is about alternatives to the false advertising and empty promises. The answer will be found at DreamLife Recovery, where priority is placed on variations of long-term treatment to meet the unique needs of each and every patient. This can take the form of therapy, yoga and exposure to nature as ways of rebuilding body and soul. There are other clinical treatment options that often precede this and should be considered part of a comprehensive treatment plan at a substance abuse rehab.

These clinical approaches will often include:

  • Trained on-site nursing staff available around the clock.
  • Medically-supervised detox to help the patient through a potentially dangerous period
  • Medication-assisted treatment and medical tapering to treat dependence on certain substances.
  • Intensive outpatient programs that last from three to six weeks and provide the continuum of care required to achieve lasting sobriety.

According to federal statistics, some 72,000 Americans died in 2017 as a result of fatal overdoses. For those in western Pennsylvania, a state where heroin and fentanyl have dug its heels in, it’s time to look past advertising claims of “luxury” and instead see the actual benefits that come from comprehensive substance abuse rehab recovery programs.

Article Reviewed by Lidice Morales

Lidice MoralesLidice Morales, an honors graduate from the Kaiser University, has made a name for herself as the Director of Nursing at several behavioral health facilities and as the Director of Operations for Detox MD. Now she is the VP of Operations at DreamLife Recovery. She strives for better patient care through constant self-improvement and furthering her education. Her steadfast work ethic and passion in the field has remained the most important aspect of her professional career; showing dedication to not only the acquisition of new knowledge, but also its mastery. Lidice believes that a professional work atmosphere fosters cohesion and malleability amongst herself and her coworkers; thereby increasing both the level of patient care and quality of life.

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