Private rehab vs. State Funded Rehab

Private rehab vs. State Funded Rehab

The term “rehab” is short for the word rehabilitation and refers to a facility that offers treatment for drug abuse and addiction. Rehab sometimes includes a medical detox program that serves the purpose of helping alcohol- and drug-dependent people to ease completely off substances with less discomfort than going cold turkey, or stopping abruptly.  Another part of rehab is the inpatient program. This part of treatment involves therapy that addresses drug addiction behaviors and coping mechanisms to utilize in a sober lifestyle.


There are two types of rehabs: private rehab and state funded rehab. The main difference between these is the way in which the programs are funded.

Private rehab provides services by being funded either by out-of-pocket payment by the patient or by the patient’s health insurance plan. If you have private insurance through your employer or through your spouse’s or another family member’s employer, then more than likely you can attend a private rehab that is in-network with that plan and only have to pay a deductible, if the plan requires it. Some plans do not even have a deductible in which case you can attend a private rehab with no out-of-pocket cost to you.

State funded rehab is just that: its services are able to exist and be provided to those who cannot afford to pay for rehab or who do not have insurance with support of state funding through tax revenue and/or grants.

Services and Amenities

Another way in which private rehab and state funded rehab differs is in the quality and extent of the services that they provide.

Usually, private rehab offers many more amenities that can make your stay more comfortable. A private rehab provides a resort-like atmosphere with some “extras” besides room, board, and therapy. Oftentimes, they offer spa experiences, yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments and so on.

State funded rehab provides adequate services that can help anyone get sober who is willing to do the work. It may not be as cushy as private rehab but it is sufficient and meets high standards of quality of care.

Types of Therapy

Both private rehab and state funded rehab offers therapy for substance abuse and addiction however, the type and intensity of the therapy differ between the two.

Private rehab offers alternative and holistic therapies such as Native American sweat lodges, music and art therapy, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, to name only a few. Private rehab also offers the industry standard of cognitive behavioral therapies in both one-on-one and group sessions.

State funded rehab also offer the widely accepted therapy approaches for substance abuse and addiction but often therapy sessions are in group settings because of funding and the growing demand for treatment by more and more people.


Other Considerations: Private Rehab vs. State Funded Rehab

You must be careful to do your research when considering a private rehab. Just because it is private does not mean that it is legitimate or accredited.

Because they must answer to state government and therefore taxpayers, state funded rehabs are strictly regulated. With state funded rehabs, at least you can be sure that treatment is uniform and meets industry standards.






Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

By Jenny Hunt

May 21, 2012

Hypnosis is a mental state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. Hypnotherapy is simply therapy that is undertaken with a person in hypnosis. The practice of using hypnosis in therapy, to treat certain conditions, dates back for centuries. Some practitioners swear by its legitimacy and its ability to treat all kinds of ailments.

Hypnosis has been represented in various ways in popular culture. The most common is the hypnotherapist lulling someone into a trance with a swinging watch. Once hypnotized, the subject is compelled to obey, no matter how strange or immoral the request. This representation does not have much in common with actual hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Subjects in a hypnotic state actually have absolute free will; they are not slaves to their masters. In addition, those undergoing hypnotherapy are also not in a semi-sleep state; they are actually hyperaware. Hypnosis can teach people how to master their own states of awareness.

Hypnosis is generally preceded by a hypnotic induction technique. This is the means by which a hypnotherapist can induce a hypnotic state.  One popular technique to induce hypnosis is known as the “eye-fixation” technique. This technique involves positioning an object so that the patient can focus his or her eyes on it, but at an angle that causes eyestrain to do so. However, research suggests that a hypnotic induction technique is not necessary in every case and that it does not contribute as much as previously believed to the process of hypnosis.

Hypnosis is considered an aid to psychotherapy, not a treatment in and of itself. Hypnosis helps with psychotherapy because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. During the session, the hypnotherapist will guide you through recalling those memories, and changing your reaction to them or how you feel about them. This approach uses the relaxed state to find the root cause of a disorder or symptom, such as a traumatic past event that you have hidden in your unconscious memory.

Another use of hypnotherapy is to change behaviors or the way we respond to certain events.  When something happens to us, good or bad, we remember it and learn a particular behavior in response to what happened. Each time something similar happens; our physical and emotional reactions attached to the memory are repeated. In some cases these reactions are unhealthy. In hypnotherapy, the hypnotist uses the hypnotic state to guide you through these behaviors and replace unhealthy responses with new, healthy ones. This works because when you are under hypnosis, you approach the suggestions of the hypnotist, or your own ideas, as if they were reality. In hypnotherapy, the therapist can suggest that you are sitting in the sun, and your skin will become warm. They can tell you that you are eating candy, and you will taste it in your mouth. This is why hypnotherapy can be so effective in a short amount of time.