What is Luxury Rehab?

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Across the United States, there are thousands of rehab centers. Each of these offers competent, professional, and caring help for those who want and need to recover from substance use disorders. While researching options, you will likely come across listings advertised as “luxury rehab.” What does that mean? How is luxury rehab different from “normal” rehab? Is luxury rehab right for you?

These are all excellent questions. Several factors set a luxury rehab facility such as The Hills in Los Angeles, CA, apart from others, and we will explain those below. First, it is important to determine whether you or a loved one are ready for rehab.

Is It Time for Rehab?

Substance use disorders and addiction used to carry a lot of stigmas and, frankly, inaccurate perceptions. Addiction was once thought of as a voluntary problem or moral failing. While there are still stigmas surrounding addiction today, mental health, medical communities, and society have come a long way in understanding that addiction is a problem. Addiction is now widely considered and accepted as a disease that can be treated. As with other mental health conditions, alcoholism or substance use and abuse disorders are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (fifth edition) or the DSM-5 with specific diagnostic criteria. Depending on one’s addiction, their condition may be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. If you or your loved one meets any of the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder such as failed attempts to stop using, continuing to use despite negative consequences, increased tolerance, experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you do not use, or a number of any other situations- it is time to consider rehab.

Traditional Rehab vs. Luxury Rehab

Anyone, regardless of race, religion, or economic status, can struggle with addiction. Each day, we read countless stories about public figures, celebrities, and even people at our community who have struggled with addiction. Some of these individuals have defeated their demons and have maintained sobriety, whereas others, unfortunately, have lost the battle. Addiction is a complex, chronic, yet treatable disease of the brain that requires the use of a variety of treatment options to achieve sobriety and recovery. Evidence-based addiction treatments medically supervised detox and therapy throughout the rehabilitation program are all necessary elements of a successful treatment program.

The level of success and the type of treatment necessary will depend on the person. Some individuals do very well in an outpatient rehab setting. In this case, group therapy, on a limited basis, is the primary source of treatment. For others, long term, inpatient treatment at a treatment facility like The Hills in Southern California is required to help them stabilize and defeat their addiction.

Essential Elements of Traditional Rehab

When you have decided that it is time to seek rehab, there are specific standards to look for that all treatment centers, traditional, or luxury should incorporate in their treatment programs. This evidence-based treatment and recovery options are based on decades of medical research. They have been shown to work for most people, regardless of the severity of their addiction.

Medically Monitored Detox

All detox services should involve the assistance and presence of medical specialists, including physicians and nursing staff. Depending on the facility, the detox and withdrawal process may occur in a hospital setting where the individual’s vital signs are monitored, and medical treatment is administered as necessary to manage any potential health issues. Some rehab facilities are equipped to handle medically supervised detox onsite. Depending on the severity of their addictions, some people can safely detox in an outpatient setting, although, under most circumstances, medical supervision is suggested. This is especially true for withdrawal from alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines, in which case medically supervised detox is always required as potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms can arise.

Access to Addiction Specialists

Once individuals enter a treatment program, they must have access to addiction specialists trained to treat their specific addiction. This requires that the facility and the staff treating patients have the appropriate state licenses and degrees at a very minimum. For many rehab facilities, additional certification through certain regulatory agencies is also required. These qualifications ensure that the treatment program is serious about providing the highest quality of care possible to the patients they serve. When researching detox facilities, do not hesitate to ask about the staff’s qualifications, the certification history of the rehab center, or any adverse actions taken against the rehab center by regulatory agencies in the past.


Psychiatric treatment, involving at a very minimum group therapy and often family and individual therapy, is vital in helping the individual understand the root causes of their addiction. These therapy sessions are also essential to helping the individual change their behaviors around substances and their use. The type of therapy deemed best for the individual will often be decided based on a psychiatric assessment. This assessment helps to uncover potential co-occurring mental health conditions that may hinder treatment success. It is essential to develop a treatment program that not only treats the addiction but also treats any co-occurring mental health or medical concerns as some of these co-occurring conditions can lead to future relapse.

Relapse Prevention

Unfortunately, relapse is an all too common part of recovery. Many people who successfully complete a treatment program and return home to their daily lives will experience triggers that lead to relapse. Some research shows this number is as high as 60%. Relapse prevention education should be part of any therapy program. Learning about relapse, how to handle triggers in a healthy manner, and what to do if a relapse happens is all an essential part of addiction treatment.

Abstinence-only Environments

The idea of abstaining from substances while in rehab may seem like common sense. However, a safe environment without access to drugs or alcohol is the first step to changing behaviors around addiction for many people. If a person requires prescription drugs, such as antidepressants, it is essential to find a rehabilitation program specializing in these treatments. This will ensure that the individual will not only receive treatment for their addiction but also continue to receive necessary medical treatment for their co-occurring mental health disorder.


Aftercare is not necessarily a required part of any treatment program; however, it is essential to ongoing maintenance and recovery. Referrals to long term recovery options such as individual therapy and support groups are often vital to maintaining sobriety.

The above are the essential basic elements that should be present in any treatment program, inpatient, or outpatient. Many evidence-based rehabilitation programs provide these at various levels and different costs.

How is Luxury Rehab Different?

Traditional and luxury rehab both offer the essential treatment required to begin the recovery process. However, a luxury treatment center often provides a more individualized, luxurious, and private experience for their patients.

It is essential to clarify that a luxury treatment facility that may offer an increased level of holistic or alternative services does not mean a decreased level of care. There are specific factors that may contribute to the “luxury” rehab experience, which sets it apart from a traditional rehab facility. Each rehab program must adhere to strict guidelines provided by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, which supervises treatment centers throughout the United States. These guidelines impact all aspects of alcohol and drug treatment and dictate how facilities must be run at a very minimum. Often, luxury treatment centers not only adhere to these guidelines but exceed them. For example, current guidelines dictate that staff to patient ratios should be no less than one counselor to every eight patients. At least half of the counselors must be licensed or certified to provide substance abuse treatment. At a luxury treatment center, such as the Hills in beautiful Los Angeles CA, staff to patient ratios are much smaller. In some cases, these centers provide ratios as low as one counselor to every four patients. In many cases, this translates to higher quality and more individual treatment experience when compared to traditional rehab facilities.

Luxury rehab facilities also offer a host of amenities and services not commonly found in most traditional rehab facilities. These can include holistic activities and services such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, Reiki, aromatherapy, and massage. Also, luxury facilities may offer access to animal-assisted therapy, gym facilities for patients, and a diet consisting of gourmet or organic foods.

Group Session - Luxury Rehab - The HillsIs Luxury Rehab Right for You?

Deciding between luxury rehab and traditional rehab for you or your loved one may be a difficult choice. The best way to start is to determine what is most important to you in a treatment program. It is also essential to consider the financial aspect of luxury rehab versus traditional rehab. In the recent past, changes to insurance regulations dictate that insurance companies must provide substance abuse treatment as part of their policy. However, they may not be required to pay for certain luxury services offered by the treatment center you choose. It is essential to work with both the treatment center and your insurance company to ensure the financial aspects of rehab are covered so that you can focus on healing and recovering from addiction.

There are a variety of reasons why luxury rehab might be the right choice for you. If you are looking for a more individualized treatment experience luxury rehab are often capable of providing this due to reduced staff to patient ratios. This allows the staff to work more intensively with their patients and make “on-the-fly” changes to the treatment program as necessary. Also, if you prefer alternative treatments to more traditional therapies, luxury rehab is likely the best choice. While it does come at an increased price tag, sometimes, luxury rehab often offers alternative and cutting-edge treatments shown to be highly effective in addiction treatment. Finally, if privacy and location are important to you, luxury rehabs frequently cater to those for whom privacy is essential. These facilities are often located in scenic, vacation style locations, which for some, makes the process of leaving home to attend rehab a little easier.

If you or a loved one have decided that rehab is the next step and that a luxury, evidence-based program is right, contact The Hills in Los Angeles, CA. At our beautiful luxury rehab facility in scenic Southern California, we offer evidence-based, compassionate services provided by highly trained medical professionals who share one common goal; To help you achieve sobriety and maintain recovery.

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