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Luxury vs. Traditional Heroin Rehab

Luxury vs. Traditional Heroin Rehab

Heroin is an extremely addictive, illicit opioid drug that can be injected, snorted, or smoked.1 Its use can result in a heady rush, followed by a pleasant, drowsy, euphoric state, but can also elicit a number of adverse effects, such as nausea, vomiting, and mental confusion.2 The most dangerous effect is that of profound respiratory depression, which can lead to coma and death.2

Although not everyone who uses heroin will develop an addiction—a condition characterized by chronic and problematic use that causes significant impairment in one’s life3—about 23% of people who do use heroin will become dependent on it.1 Someone suffering from an addiction to heroin may experience a wide range of consequences, such as tolerance, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms with cessation of use, failure to fulfill obligations, occupational or interpersonal problems, and psychological or physical complications.3

Inpatient treatment programs, both luxury centers and more standard residential offerings, can help those afflicted by a heroin addiction get the help they need in order to obtain and maintain sobriety.

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What Does Traditional Heroin Rehab Involve?

Traditional heroin rehabs require that you live at the facility for the duration of your treatment program, which is generally between 30 and 90 days, but can be extended if needed. These inpatient rehabs provide you with a highly structured environment away from your everyday heroin-using surroundings. Standard or traditional recovery programs use a variety of services to help patients get clean. Although every treatment center is different, you can generally expect the following when you enter a traditional heroin rehab:

  • Detoxification: The withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin addiction can be unpleasant and painful. You will receive around-the-clock supervision, and medication can also be administered to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms while detoxing from heroin.
  • Intake evaluation: A therapist conducts an assessment to evaluate the severity of your addiction as well as any co-occurring mental health conditions. This is then used to create an individualized treatment plan that caters to your specific needs.
  • Individual therapy: A therapist meets with you one-on-one and uses a variety of therapeutic interventions to uncover the underlying reasons for your addiction and to teach and develop coping skills.
  • Group counseling: A mental health professional facilitates a group counseling session in which patients are given the opportunity to use coping strategies, build relationships, and experience growth through interactions.
  • Medical maintenance: There are a few FDA-approved medications that, when combined with behavioral therapy, promote abstinence and prevent relapse. These include:4
    • Methadone.
    • Buprenorphine.
    • Naltrexone.
  • Aftercare planning: Toward the end of your inpatient stay, the treatment team creates a plan for ongoing treatment to help prevent relapse and build upon skills learned in rehab. Some aftercare plans may consist of:

Traditional heroin rehabs can vary greatly in the services they provide. Some may offer exercise facilities, nutritional counseling, or holistic options, such as art or music therapy. It’s important to do your research when choosing the best heroin rehab center for you.  

What Does Luxury Heroin Rehab Involve?

Much like traditional rehab, luxury rehabs require that you live at the facility while receiving treatment services, such as therapy, counseling, and aftercare planning. They differ in that they have posh amenities and are typically located in a desirable setting, such as the beach or countryside. They often resemble an upscale resort or home as opposed to a treatment center.

Unlike most traditional rehabs, luxury rehabs typically have a high staff–to-patient ratio, which means that the staff can provide the patients with more personalized care and attention as you recover from a heroin addiction. Luxury treatment centers are more expensive than traditional rehabs due to the added amenities and highly trained staff, and are ideal for those who place comfort high on the list of priorities. The following are some of the extra amenities an upscale treatment facility may offer:

  • Massage therapy
  • Swimming pool
  • Maid services
  • Sauna
  • Sun room
  • Putting green

Every heroin rehab offers different services, so make sure to ask what amenities each one offers when searching for an upscale recovery program.

Questions to Ask When Choosing Heroin Rehab

When choosing a heroin rehab, there are many factors to consider. It’s vital that you do your research so that you can make an informed decision concerning your recovery. Some of the questions you may want to ask include:

  • Does your rehab treat heroin addiction?
  • How much experience do you have in treating heroin addiction?
  • Do you offer detoxification services?
  • Do you offer medication-assisted treatment?
  • Does the treatment team create individualized treatment plans?
  • How long is the program and will you extend it, if needed?
  • Are patients allowed to have visitors during the program?
  • How much does your treatment program cost?
  • Do you use payment plans or sliding scale options?
  • Do you take insurance and if so, which plans?
  • Are the rooms private or shared?
  • What other accommodations and amenities do you offer?
  • What are the credentials of the staff members and do they engage in professional development?
  • What is the philosophy of your program? Does it have religious influence or use evidence-based practices?
  • Are aftercare plans implemented and what do they entail?

Dr. Meichenbaum, the co-founder of a popular therapy technique called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, created a list of consumer questions. He urges family members of someone suffering from an addiction to investigate potential treatment centers thoroughly in order to evaluate their quality and efficacy. Some of the questions he suggests asking are:5

    • What is your staff turnover rate? What have you done to improve it?
    • How do you develop a positive and trusting relationship between clients and therapists?
    • How do you measure client feedback concerning the therapeutic relationship?
    • Does your staff use Motivational Interviewing to enhance engagement?
    • Is family therapy offered?


  • How effective is the treatment program? What percentage of people have relapsed after completing the recovery program?
  • How do you assess for mental health disorders, risk to self and others, and poly-drug abuse?
  • How do you evaluate clients’ qualities, such as interests, talents, and strengths, and how are these used to individualize treatment plans?
  • What coping skills do you teach and how do you choose which skills to teach which clients?
  • Are you culturally and gender sensitive? How do therapists take the client’s cultural values, practices, and beliefs into consideration when treating the client?
  • How do you incorporate medication into treatment and do you regularly assess for side effects and efficacy?
  • What specific types of therapy are used?
  • How do you avoid burnout for your staff members?

Asking the director of the rehab these questions will provide you with insight into the type of care you will receive while recovering from a heroin addiction.

If you’re looking for the right heroin rehab for you, call 1-888-744-0789 Who Answers? to speak to a treatment support specialist about your recovery options.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). Heroin.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). What are the immediate (short-term) effects of heroin use?
  3. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.
  4. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). What are the treatments for heroin addiction?
  5. Meichenbaum, D. (2013). Consumer’s Guidelines for Choosing a Residential Treatment Center (RTC). [Letter to Director of Treatment].

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