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.






Women’s Group Therapy

Women's Group Therapy
Women’s Group Therapy

Part of the intensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for addiction and alcoholism is group therapy. Group therapy is an important part of the healing process in recovery. In group therapy settings a counselor facilitates therapy sessions among eight to twelve participants. Women’s group therapy offers the general benefits of group therapy along with the benefits of having a same sex group.

Women’s group therapy essentially, is a type of psychotherapy that involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time. This type of therapy is widely available and is commonly used at drug and alcohol treatment centers in the treatment of addiction and alcoholism. Women’s group therapy can be very effective, especially in certain situations.

Studies have shown that women’s group therapy can be an effective treatment choice for depression, traumatic stress, addiction and alcoholism. The method used in women’s group therapy is the same as those used in support groups where everyone is allowed to participate in discussion, sharing, listening,  and ultimately learn from sharing individual experiences and gaining from the experiences of other women.  Women’s group therapy is also more cost effective than individual psychotherapy and is oftentimes much more effective. Some of the benefits of women’s group therapy include:

  • The group therapy dynamic provides feedback from a range of perspectives, enabling the participants to attain greater self-awareness and understanding of how her behaviors affect others.
  • Along with that group therapy contributes to the recovery of others. It enhances empathy and self-worth and reinforces the commitment to positive changes on both sides.
  • In group therapy the members learn from one another. They share common experiences and sympathize with each other.
  • Group therapy members form strong social networks. They build relationships with others in treatment; the individuals learn how to rebuild relationships in their own lives because of this.
  • A strong supportive group therapy session under the guidance of an experienced counselor challenges the individual women to be honest and confront self-delusions and fears. The group members of group therapy develop a sense of responsibility to one another, providing reinforcement to each other for the courage to change.

Many women find that women’s group therapy is a better environment for them to recover from their addiction and alcoholism. Women’s group therapy gives them an opportunity to deal with sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual trauma that has prompted them to become addicts and alcoholics. Women’s group therapy is a great way for women to receive therapy from a professional therapist as well as be within a fellowship of other women struggling with addiction.

  • For instance women’s group therapy  realizes a woman’s healing path away from addiction and alcoholism is frequently a different process from a man’s, due to biological and socialization distinctions between the sexes.
  • During women’s group therapy; women interacting with women can be more empowering and enlightening. A female-only women’s group therapy encounter may be more open and honest. Some women find women’s group therapy to be a safer place to raise issues specific to females. For instance; if they need to work on assertiveness, overcoming shame, and using time to heal the mind, body and spirit.