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Alcohol Rehab Center

Ann alcohol rehab center is a chemical addiction treatment facility to treat those addicted alcohol and other drugs.  The differences between one alcohol rehab center and another are various and numerous.  Every alcohol rehab center is unique in terms of patient makeup, price, treatment specialty, curriculum and philosophy, size, and location and services and amenities and features, among other considerations.

The alcohol rehab center treatment focus or specialty is one differentiation point among addiction treatment programs.  Many alcohol rehab centers serve the younger, college age patient population.  That population seems to have an unusually high number of alcohol and drug addicts, per capita.  There are also treatment programs that are exclusive adolescent, under age 18, as well as programs that serve a more mature population.  Some alcohol addiction programs cater to certain religious orientations, and others cater to certain sexual orientation populations, as well.  Some facilities serve primarily the lower income to even indigent patient populations, while others serve very high net worth individual populations.  Finally, there are alcohol rehab center programs that are co-educational, while other programs are gender separate.

Alcohol rehab center treatment prices vary dramatically, from treatment center to treatment center, as well.  Pricing is usually a function of many considerations, including the center’s location, staff credentials, curriculum or philosophy, services and amenities and features provided detoxification ability, and care level, among others.  Prices range from free or state and/or county subsidized programs, often called ‘street’ or indigent programs to extremely exclusive, private, high-end, spa-like programs that can cost as much as $80,000 per month and beyond.  The majority of treatment programs are priced in the $10,000-$15,000 per month price range.  Prices are often highest during the first month treatment, for obvious reasons, which then reduce during subsequent months of treatment.

The make up of the treatment team in an alcohol rehab center is also a significant differentiation point.  Many alcohol addiction treatment programs have a staff that is comprised, principally, of addiction counselors and minimal ancillary staff.  Most of the higher needs programs, such as dual diagnosis and other psychiatric addiction treatment programs, have a much more highly credentialed and licensed staff of MDs, PhDs, Master Level Therapists, and other adjunctive care givers.  Typically, the treatment costs of an alcohol rehab center with a highly credentialed and licensed staff is, of course, higher than that of a program with a less capable staff, less credentialed, less licensed staff.

The curriculum and services provided at an alcohol rehab center are also a digression point.  The lower-end programs typically offer minimal services, consisting of principally education and some group treatment work.  The higher-end programs usually provide much more education, including well-know speaker meetings, more therapeutic groups, and therapeutic activities, among other services.  The highest-end programs often provide abundant individual, one-on-one therapy, small group therapy, education, activities, and other ancillary services ranging from massage to acupuncture to yoga, to brain scanning, infrared saunas, meditation, private physical training, personal chefs, and much more.

Finally, the location of an alcohol rehab center is also an identifying and differentiating point among treatment facilities.  There are very urban, inner city programs, typically found in large metropolises, often in the ‘skid row’ locales.  There are more rural programs, located in the mountains or in other remote areas that have lots of land and privacy around them.  And there are coastal property programs that have locations on the beach or close to it for those patients who respond to that type of environment.

The diversity and variety of an alcohol rehab center is determined by multiple factors, including the following:  patient population served treatment focus and specialty, program cost, program size, services provided, and location, among other considerations.  These are the primary differentiation considerations among addiction treatment programs.