Private Rehab vs. State Funded Treatment

Finding the right drug treatment center can be a daunting task. There are many different treatment options and programs available. It is important to research your options fully before committing to a treatment modality.

When people begin the search for a drug rehab, many want to know what the difference is between a private rehab and state funded treatment. They may ask if it’s worth spending thousands of dollars on private rehab if they can get state funded treatment for free or at a very low cost. Here we will explore the benefits of private rehab vs. state funded treatment.

Private rehab is generally pretty expensive. However, most health insurance providers will cover most if not all of the cost of a private rehab. State funded treatment is generally reserved for those living in poverty without health insurance and those who are ordered to complete treatment as part of a penalty for a criminal charge. For this reason, state funded treatment centers are usually locked-door facilities. You do not have the option to leave without a lot of red tape. Private rehabs are voluntary only.

There is always a high demand for state funded treatment, so these places usually have waiting lists to get in. By the time there is a bed availability; many people have changed their minds about going to treatment.  In addition, state funded treatment centers usually cater to more clients than private rehabs so there may be less personal attention. Private rehabs have a better staff to client ratios, so you are able to receive more individualized treatment.

State funded treatment centers are limited by the amount of funding that they receive from the state. Usually, state funded treatment can only offer a traditional treatment program which includes the 12 step method and replacement drug therapy. Private rehab centers are not limited in this way. They are able to offer alternative therapies as well as a holistic protocol.

State funded treatment is generally not equipped to treat co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression, or bulimia. Many addicts and alcoholics begin using or drinking in an attempt to self-medicate for mental disorders. To be able to truly treat the addiction, the drug addict or alcoholic must treat the root cause of the addiction-the mental disorder. Private rehab is capable of treating the mental disorder as well as the addiction.

Similarly, many drug addicts and alcoholics have other issues that serve as a trigger for drinking and using like past trauma or anger management issues. Private rehab has the resources to address these issues while state funded treatment may not.

The living environment in a private rehab is different from state funded treatment. A private rehab usually offers healthy food options, vitamin therapy, and the ability to exercise. Clients can learn to live a healthy life-style while in treatment. These important healthy life-style changes are not available in state funded treatment.

If you or someone you know needs private rehab or state funded treatment,  call us at 800-951-6135.