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.






Personality Disorders and Drug Addiction

Personality Disorders and Drug Addiction

Personality Disorders and Drug Addiction

Someone who suffers from a personality disorder often suffers from drug addiction as well. People who suffer from personality disorders and drug addiction may also have a harder time with recovery. For some people their drug addiction causes the symptoms of a personality disorder and for others the symptom of the personality disorder prolongs the drug addiction.  Either way when a personality disorder and drug addiction co-exist they tend to aggravate each other. This means that a personality disorder makes the drug addiction worse and the drug addiction makes the personality disorder worse.

What is a personality disorder?

A person’s personality is shown in the way they think, feel, behave and relate to other people. In different ways our personality helps define who we are. A personality disorder is when a person’s thinking, feelings, behavior or relation to other people create significant problems for them or for others. Some examples of personality disorders include: borderline personality, schizotypal personality, paranoid personality, schizoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, dependent personality disorder, obsessive compulsive and narcissistic personality disorder. All of these personality disorders can range from mild to severe depending on how much they interfere with someone’s day to day life.

Many of the symptoms of a personality disorder also could be symptoms of a drug addiction. For instance some symptoms of both are:

  • Poor impulse control
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Social isolation and/or difficulty making friends
  • Angry outbursts
  • Constantly suspicious of others
  • A need for instant gratification
  • Making up lies
  • Mood swings that occur fairly often
  • Perfectionism and inflexibility
  • Limited ability to express or feel emotions
  • A lack of concern for others with the need to be admired

The list of symptoms for both personality disorders and drug addiction could go on and on. So if someone has a personality disorder and drug addiction what should they do?

Diagnosing a personality disorder when someone also has a drug addiction can be difficult. This is because some of the symptoms of the drug addiction may seem like symptoms of a personality disorder but they really aren’t and vice versa. Talking to someone who is a substance abuse or drug addiction therapists will ensure that each individual gets a more accurate diagnosis.

There is treatment available for both personality disorders and drug addiction. They usually should be treated together but can be treated separately. Treatment for personality disorders and drug addiction usually involves therapy and medications. Some medications for personality disorders can be addictive though so it is best that all medications are discussed with a health professional who also knows about drug addiction and alcohol dependency. Therapy for personality disorders and drug addiction is usually done in a one on one setting where the therapist can really take a look at the more deep rooted issues that could be going on. When it comes to personality disorders they become a different kind of mental health problem when drug addiction is involved. This is the case with most things mental health issues when it comes to drug addiction. Either way there is always help available for those with personality disorders and drug addiction.