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.






Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music Therapy

The idea of music therapy as a healing influence which could affect health and behavior is at least as old as the writings of Plato. The profession of music therapy began after World War 1 and World War 2 when the community musicians of all types, ranging from amateur to professional, went to veterans hospitals around the country to play music for the thousands of veterans suffering from physical and emotional trauma from the wars. The patients notable physical and emotional responses to music led the doctors and nurses to start requesting musicians for hire. It was soon apparent that the hospital musicians needed some kind of training before entering the hospital and so the demand grew for a curriculum for music therapy.

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) was formed in 1988 as a merger between the National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT) and the American Association for Music Therapy (AAMT). AMTA united the music therapy profession for the first time since the 1970s. AMTA is the home of over 5,000 music therapists. It publishes two journals on music therapy as well as a line of publications that advocates for music therapy on the state and federal levels. The AMTA promotes music therapy through social media, and provides research bibliographies, podcasts, scholarships and newsletters to its members. AAMT is the largest music therapy association in the entire world and represents music therapists in all 50 states and over 30 countries.

Music therapy is a clinical and evidence based use of music to accomplish goals for each individual within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy is an established health profession in which music is used in a therapeutic setting to address personal, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals. After assessing each individual’s strength and needs the qualified therapist provides the music therapy indicated including creating, singing, moving to, dancing, and/or listening to music. Through music therapy involvement in the therapeutic setting, an individual’s abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides routes for communication that can be very helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. The research supports music therapy in its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional stability for clients and families and providing an outlet for the expression of feelings. Music therapists through music therapy, assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses. The music therapists then design music sessions for individuals and groups based on each individual’s needs using music improv, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music therapy.

 Barbara Crowe (past president of the National Association for Music Therapy):

“(Music therapy) can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort — between demoralization and dignity.”