In this post, we’ll explore why Los Angeles offers such a unique, conductive setting for drug rehabilitation. The city, one of the largest in the U.S., offers numerous scenic getaways that can make outpatient treatment much easier.
We’ll explore the many fun things you can do in LA to make your time there more enjoyable, such as visiting museums, observatories and the many natural wonders such as the mountains and beaches. We’ll then shift gears to reveal the four main reasons you should seek treatment at a facility like The Hills, a luxury rehab in LA, some of which may surprise you.
Drug Abuse in The U.S.
Health departments across the country keep detailed records of drug use statistics in an attempt to solve the public health crisis that is drug abuse. Unfortunately, drug abuse in the U.S. is fairly prominent, with use spiking in large metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, New York City, Detroit, Houston, and Phoenix.
According to the Los Angeles Public Health Department, in 2010, drug overdose came in at number 14 for the leading cause of premature death, and 17th for the general cause of death. That same year, over 60,600 people entered rehab facilities. What’s more, in 2010, there were 923 suicide deaths in the county, and 145 of those were deemed to be drug-related.
These numbers are echoed in pretty much all counties containing large metropolitan areas. The drugs most commonly cited in drug-related suicides include:
In 2010, around 25 percent of folks entering treatment in LA were seeking relief from marijuana addiction, while another 25 percent sought treatment for alcohol abuse. Roughly 18 percent of folks were receiving treatment for methamphetamine and around 13 percent were combating cocaine addictions.
As you might expect, there are several drug addiction and rehabilitation centers In Los Angeles County. What you may not know is that by virtue of its desirable location, rich cultural history and delightful weather, Los Angeles is home to some of the world’s most high-end luxury rehab facilities.
Indeed, people seeking treatment in LA give themselves a distinct advantage. LA is home to some of the most well-trained and talented doctors, counselors and nurses in the country.
A question you’ll need to answer fairly early on is whether you intend to seek inpatient or outpatient treatment. Both treatment options offer advantages. But, as you might expect, both come with potential downsides too. Let’s start off by defining the terms.
Inpatient treatment requires the patient to remain at the facility throughout the duration of treatment. This ensures the patient has access to a safe, supportive setting in which to go through detox. The level of monitoring, however, will vary from facility to facility. For instance, a very strict inpatient treatment facility may require a strict lights out time, while another may not.
Most inpatient facilities also offer intensive therapy sessions that can help you come to terms with your addiction.
You may be well suited to inpatient treatment if you’re:
- A long-term addict
- Have a co-current mental illness
- Have gone through outpatient rehab, but have relapsed
- Don’t necessarily have the support of family members
In an outpatient setting, you’ll still have access to a safe, supportive environment in which to go through detox, but you’ll go home or to a hotel at the end of the day. After detox, you’ll likely return to the facility for therapy sessions.
Note that while outpatient treatment facilities may be more affordable, they have a lower success rate.
Where to Stay?
If you choose to go the outpatient route, it’s vital to have a safe, supportive and clean place to stay while not in treatment. It also helps if your hotel or other lodging is located near your treatment center. An ideal location is:
- Free of drugs or alcohol of any kind
- Low stress
- Inhabited by other people who are living clean and sober
Note that hotels located near certain luxury rehab facilities may offer discounts to clients of said facilities.
However, we (obviously) recommend a residential facility such as our own. Residential facilities like The Hills may be your best option because these facilities have rules against on-premises use of drugs or alcohol, provide round the clock access to therapy, and the chance to interact with your peers in a safe space.
Fun in LA
The lower you can keep your overall stress level while going through detox and therapy, the better your overall odds of recovery will be. This happens to be one of the reasons that LA is a premiere location for drug rehabilitation.
Some of LA’s sober-friendly attractions include:
- Venice Beach—great for sun and exercise
- Hollywood—general sight seeing
- TCL Chinese Theatre
- Rodeo Drive—shopping
- The Getty Center—wonderful art
- Nethercutt Museum
- Los Angeles Conservatory
- Walt Disney Concert Hall
- California Science Center
- Griffith Observatory
- Staples Center
- The Grammy Museum
- Westwood Memorial Park
- Universal Studios Hollywood
We’ll explore a few of these attractions in the next section.
4 Benefits of Seeking Treatment in Sunny LA
Are you ready to learn the 4 main reasons you should seek treatment at a luxury rehab in LA? Let’s dive in.
#1 Access to Stunning Cultural Landmarks
LA is home to some of the nation’s most compelling sober-friendly landmarks and attractions. Here are but a few.
The observatory is nestled on the southern face of Mount Hollywood and overlooks the sprawling Los Angeles basin. It offers breathtaking views of the city below. But the photos you’ll snap are just the start. The observatory offers a world-class planetarium and top-notch exhibitions. Planetarium shows start at only $7. The observatory is open from 12pm to 10pm and offers extended hours on weekends.
The facility provides limited free parking, but the observatory lot charges only $4 per hour if you need it.
The Getty Center is one of the country’s finest art galleries. The structure itself is a work of art—being completely circular. The concrete and steel structure was designed by world-famous architect Richard Meier, and it houses one of the most valuable art collections in the world.
Among the many styles of art you’ll find are:
- 20th-century American photography
- Baroque sculptures
- Renaissance paintings
- Historic manuscripts
- Much more!
Enthusiasts of Getty Center often cite as one of its main draws its refined atmosphere relative to the larger Hollywood area.
#2 Solitude Among the Hustle and Bustle
If your idea of the ideal rehab setting is an oasis of calm in the midst of city life, then a Los Angeles luxury rehab facility may be for you. LA offers some of the most subdued and relaxing scenic attractions around.
The chapel is an immaculate church with an unforgettable view of the Pacific ocean. It was designed by Lloyd Wright, son of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The chapel was featured prominently on the Fox program, The O.C.
Location: Rancho Palos Verdes
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
The park offers access to secluded tide pools—perfect for yoga, meditation or any other sort of thoughtful contemplation. It’s also a wonderfully scenic location if you want to view marine life.
Location: San Marino
Eames House is a historic landmark. Its verdant green setting offers a scenic getaway in the midst of larger LA. The home was designed by Ray Eames from the ground up to demonstrate how modern architecture can co-exist with nature.
Location: Pacific Palisades
If hiking is more your thing, you’ll love Mount Baden-Powell. This striking local is one of the area’s most breathtaking nature preserves. The area was named after Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement.
Location: San Gabriel Mountains
The Bradbury Building
The Bradbury Building is an architectural marvel, and it has been featured in over 60 feature films and television shows as of 2019. Examples include:
- Blade Runner
- Days Of Summer
- Pushing Daises
- China Town
- The Artist
- It’s also steeped in LA culture as it’s the oldest commercial building in the area.
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
Billed as a spiritual sanctuary, the shrine was founded in 1950 by Paramahansa Yogananda. The space is renowned for its calm atmosphere, and when combined with more scenic locations like Abalone Cove Shoreline Park or Mount Baden-Powell, can provide a potent getaway if your goal is mindfulness or contemplation.
Location: Pacific Palisades
The Last Bookstore
Looking to catch up on your favorite genre? Or maybe your aim is to finish the Harry Potter series. Whatever the case, if you’re a book lover, you’ll absolutely fall in love with The Last Bookstore. It’s the state’s largest bookstore, and it positively oozes laid back, chill atmosphere. It doesn’t hurt that the store offers an incredibly impressive collection of new and used books, either.
Location: Downtown Los Angeles
Without a doubt, luxury rehab LA has to be top-tier in terms of amenities on offer. Before diving into the details, let’s answer a simple question:
Why do amenities matter?
After all, you’re going into rehab to do hard work. While that’s true, detox isn’t just hard work psychologically. It’s also a physiological process that isn’t particularly comfortable. Therefore, if you can keep your overall stress level low, you’ll find it easier to deal with recurring withdrawal symptoms. The amenities offered by high-end LA rehab facilities are much like those you’ll find at fine resorts.
Here are a few of the perks you can look forward to.
Beautiful Architecture and Landscaping
Many facilities that do rehab in LA offer immaculately landscaped grounds and beautifully crafted residential areas—and you’ll get your own room, often with turndown service. These facilities make it easy for patients to commit to treatment because they offer a private, comfortable setting. What’s more, the serene location can make it easier to deal with the emotional turmoil that can arise during intensive therapy.
Traditional rehab facilities offer a safe, clean place to detox, and they tend to offer therapy, but not much else. At a luxury facility, you’ll have access to a wide range of other activities that can aid your recovery, such as:
- Horseback riding
- Massage Therapy
- Fitness programs
These extra therapies and activities make life that much easier, which can make it a breeze to get through pesky withdrawal symptoms.
If you’ve ever tried to kick a habit and were met with failure, ask yourself…did you make any positive changes to your diet at the same time?
One of the main perks of luxury rehab facilities in Los Angeles is the food. These facilities tend to hire experienced gourmet chefs and kitchen crew who produce some of the best food around. This may seem like a surface-level perk, but actually, it’s quite important. The food you’ll get in these facilities is delicious, yes, but it’s also designed to be exceptionally nutritious.
Too often, patients come into these facilities with severe nutritional deficiencies. Micro-nutrient deficiencies over the long term can cause organ damage, fatigue and other negative side effects. But in the short-term, they can also make withdrawal symptoms much worse.
One of the main benefits of attending a luxury facility is that you’ll be able to address this issue just by eating the delicious food provided.
#4 The Weather
It’s no secret that LA enjoys some of the best weather in the world. This is no accident, either. The area is only habitable by so many because of extensive waterworks designed to bring copious amounts of fresh water into the region from elsewhere. Essentially, the city’s pioneers identified an area with astounding weather and made it livable by importing water from elsewhere. The result is a rich, verdant climate that rarely dips below 42°F.
When to Seek Help
If you’ve read this far, that alone may be an indication you’re ready to seek help. But we would like to briefly touch upon a few other indicators that it may be time to take a closer look at rehab as an option. What are the warning signs that addiction is getting out of hand?
- Do you find yourself thinking of drugs at inappropriate times?
- Have you ever tried to stop or cut down, but couldn’t?
- Do you find that you need more and more of your substance of choice to get the same high?
- Do you use drugs without knowing what they’ll do to you?
- Do you share needles and other drug paraphernalia with others without regard to the potential health risks?
- Have you ever broken the law to get access to your drug of choice?
- Do you ever use drugs because you’re angry at someone else?
- Does the prospect of running out of your drug of choice send you into a panic?
- Have you ever been arrested trying to secure access to drugs?
- Have you ever been hospitalized because of your drug use?
If any of these apply to you, it may well be time to consider rehabilitation.
Los Angeles offers some of the best luxury rehab solutions you’re likely to find in the continental U.S. What’s more, the city provides a unique combination of metropolitan atmosphere and scenic getaways.
The Hills is located in Los Angeles, California. Our residential treatment facility is staffed by people who know just how difficult the road to recovery can be. We’ll make sure that you get the most out of every single minute of your rehabilitation in our facility.