What is Executive Rehab?
For many of the twenty-one million Americans who struggle with addiction, there are often barriers to seeking treatment. For some, a primary obstacle is feeling unable to leave or take time off from their professional responsibilities to seek treatment at a drug and alcohol treatment facility like The Hills Treatment Center in Southern California. Some may be concerned about losing their job if they take time off for rehab, whereas others feel the weight of knowing their business may not be able to operate smoothly without them in the office. This is commonly an issue for high-level professionals in the business community, such as Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, and Chief Operating Officers. Executive rehab offers therapy in a setting that allows executives to work towards sobriety while creating a minimal impact on both their professional and personal lives.
Addiction can affect anyone, regardless of their professional background or education level. Statistics show that Americans with a college education and fall into the upper-income category are more likely to drink alcohol than other Americans. In fact, 78% of those who earn more than $75,000 annual struggle with problem drinking, whereas only 45% with an income lower than $30,000 share the same difficulty.
Unfortunately, when an individual has a lot of responsibilities at work, they may choose to postpone treatment for fear related to their company’s success, as well as the stigma that follows addiction. This is where executive rehab comes into play. Executive rehab centers provide a way for high-level professionals to seek and receive treatment while remaining connected to their business and livelihood.
Tips for Choosing a Treatment Program
Research is essential to choosing the right program for your needs. When looking into various executive rehab facilities, it is important to make sure the program provides the features you are looking for, such as computer access, a private bedroom, gourmet meals, and meeting spaces. It is also essential to look for a facility that offers individualized, custom treatment programs as opposed to a single program for all clients.
You should also ensure the program you choose has staff on-site capable of treating any other mental health issues or addiction you may have, such as anxiety, gambling, disordered eating, or depression. Be sure to ask what kind of follow-up and aftercare programs are offered post-rehab as well. Below we will explore all of these concerns a little further.
Features of Executive Rehab Centers
Luxury executive rehab programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of executives. Most of these programs include luxury features not commonly found in most traditional rehab facilities.
Confidentiality is a requirement of all treatment programs, whether traditional or executive rehab. The only people who know about a patient’s attendance at a rehab program are the individual, their doctors, and anyone they choose to share their experience and story with.
Executive rehab centers provide workspaces, meeting rooms, and access to the internet and phones. In some traditional rehab programs, these options are not provided (or available) as they can interfere with treatment. In the case of clients at an executive rehab program, these features are essential and allow the patient to continue to operate their business while working through the steps of their treatment program.
Executive rehab programs typically offer high-end luxury services for their patients during their say. Some examples include spa treatments, yoga, meditation classes, private trainers, gourmet chefs, and larger, more spacious private rooms.
Treatment programs that cater to the executive population often have fewer patients and a lower staff-to-patient ratio. The smaller number of patients also comes at a higher cost than traditional rehab programs; however, it also provides a more personalized level of care.
Types of Executive Rehab Programs
Like traditional rehab programs, executive rehab programs involve treatment delivered in a variety of possible settings. Patients at an executive rehab program may experience either inpatient (or residential) or outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment options tend to be better suited for extreme cases of abuse or dependence. Inpatient programs are also well suited to those who have tried rehab before and have experienced a relapse. Outpatient treatment tends to be more useful for those in earlier stages of alcohol or drug abuse.
Inpatient treatment programs also involve varying lengths of stay. It is essential to complete a treatment program’s entire duration to ensure the best chances for success. Examples of various program lengths include 30, 60- and 90-day program options. More extended programs allow patients to stay in a sober setting longer and therefore provide more time to develop a stronger connection with therapy providers, more time to enhance abstinence skills, and develop coping strategies.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment
Inpatient treatment is an immersive experience. Seeking treatment in an outpatient setting provides the individual an escape from their current environment as this is likely the root cause of their addiction. Many find that inpatient treatment is very beneficial to their recovery as it removes access to triggers and other issues that lead a person to reach for alcohol or drugs to cope. Executive rehab programs are some of the most comfortable and luxurious inpatient treatment options.
Outpatient treatment allows someone seeking addiction treatment to continue to work on their recovery from home without leaving behind their home, work, and family. The level of care in an outpatient setting is different than inpatient care as it features therapy providers who are involved in a treatment plan, but not consistently providing care. Those involved in an outpatient care program still attend regular individual and group therapy sessions, however, they do not live in an entirely sober environment. This means there are always risks for triggering situations making attaining sobriety a little more complicated.
Executive Rehab: The Typical Treatment Process
Private, luxury recovery drug and alcohol rehab centers typically follow a treatment program with many of the same features as traditional rehab. Most programs include detox from alcohol or drugs, group and/or individual psychotherapy with a highly trained substance abuse counselor, and follow-up care (aftercare) so alumni can continue to receive support after they complete their treatment program.
Detoxification or detox is typically the first part of any recovery program, whether executive rehab or traditional rehab. For someone to successfully immerse themselves in therapy and work towards sobriety, they must cleanse their system of drugs and alcohol. The detox process involves withdrawal, which occurs when someone ceases using all substances. The withdrawal process can produce a wide range of unpleasant symptoms as the body works to rid the system of the influence of substances. Withdrawing from certain substances, such as alcohol and opioids, can also produce dangerous, potentially fatal side effects, and for this reason, medically assisted detox is highly recommended to ensure safety.
Once detox is complete, the treatment or therapeutic phase of drug and alcohol recovery can begin. The treatment phase may involve the use of group or individual therapy sessions. The primary purpose of therapy is to determine the psychological reasons behind a person’s use of drugs or alcohol.
During therapy sessions, participants learn and practice coping mechanisms and relapse prevention techniques to help them adequately manage stressful situations without turning to drugs or alcohol. There are various types of therapy techniques used during these sessions.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on helping the addict identify and correct negative or distorted ways of thinking that can lead to substance abuse or relapse after treatment is complete.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical behavioral therapy is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy where patients work with a therapist to regulate emotions and learn vital skills necessary to deal with cravings such as mindfulness, self-care, and establishing personal boundaries.
During a motivational interviewing session, a therapist helps the addict to overcome any resistance they may have towards treatment and to identify reasons they want to quit using drugs or alcohol.
Other Executive Rehab Considerations
When deciding on a specific treatment center, it is essential to do your research. The staffing, amenities, and treatment options are frequently different from setting to setting.
Research the Staff
Ensure the program has a team of highly trained doctors and therapists with experience and training treating addiction. While most programs must follow specific accreditation and certification guidelines, it is always better to ensure the Southern Californian treatment program you are considering offers high-quality care and treatment services.
Dual diagnosis is a condition where someone struggles with a substance abuse disorder and a mental health disorder. This is also known as having a co-occurring disorder, and these situations require special care and treatment. Many executive rehab centers have experience with dual diagnosis patients. However, it is essential to check that the program has experience treating co-occurring disorders.
In addition to psychotherapy, executive rehab programs may offer other holistic treatment options. Some examples include art therapy, acupuncture, equine-assisted therapy, massage, and yoga.
The recovery process does not end when a stay at a treatment center ends. Recovery includes transitioning to aftercare services after the formal rehabilitation period of 30, 60, or 90-days. Aftercare can provide ongoing support post-rehab designed to help program alumni stay focused on their recovery. Some examples of this type of follow-up care include regular therapy sessions with a counselor, sober living arrangements, and 12-step meetings. Aftercare is an essential element to ongoing sobriety and recovery as it is critical in helping prevent relapse.
If you are prepared to seek treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol and are interested in the environment and features offered by luxury rehab, look to The Hills in Los Angeles. If you are curious to learn more about our facility, give us a call for a tour today.