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You Don’t Need Luxury Treatment to Find Healing

What do you actually need when treating mental health and substance use disorders? Is luxury treatment essential? By definition, it isn’t. Part of Merriam Webster’s definition of luxury is something that’s not necessary.

In the world of addiction treatment, luxury is sometimes just another word for expensive, but expensive doesn’t mean more effective. Running shoes studded with diamonds are likely to be much more pricey than non-adorned ones, but they won’t make you run any faster. 

If you’re selecting a pair of running shoes, you’ll probably have some basic attributes that you expect, like good traction and high-quality materials, but you’ll also want shoes that meet your personal needs. If you have high arches or an overpronated gait, you’ll do best with shoes that address those issues. 

Similarly, you want an addiction and mental health treatment program that’s a good fit for you and addresses your uniqueness. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says this about treating substance use disorders: “Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success.”

What You Actually Need in a Treatment Program

When looking for a treatment program, it’s important to separate the essentials from the non-essentials and to get a clear picture of what the cost includes. No matter how large or small our budgets are, none of us wants to throw money away on things that don’t help us reach our goals. 

If you don’t need luxury, what do you need? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration lists five signs of quality treatment. These are accreditation, a medication option,  evidence-based practices, inclusion of family members in treatment, and ongoing support.

  • Accreditation: Licensing and accreditation are both important, but they aren’t the same thing. Licensing comes from a government body, gives programs a legal right to practice, and has the goal of making sure minimum safety standards are met. If a program isn’t licensed, it can face penalties or be forced to close.

Accreditation, on the other hand, comes from non-governmental organizations and is a voluntary process. Organizations involved with accrediting behavioral health and substance abuse facilities are the Council on Accreditation (COA), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission. 

To become accredited, facilities make any changes necessary to comply with the standards of the agency. They participate in on-site evaluations and an audit of their records, staff credentials, programs, management, and treatment outcomes. There are standards in health, safety, financial practices, record-keeping, screening and assessment, accessibility, legal issues and the individuality of treatment plans.

Accreditation is a rigorous and lengthy process. It’s also an ongoing one, which needs to be re-completed every few years. As of 2019, only about 60% of the substance abuse treatment facilities in the U.S. were accredited. 

  • Medication: Not all patients will need or benefit from medication. Still, the facility needs to have medical personnel on staff who can prescribe it and monitor dosages and responses for patients who do. Medication may help manage detox symptoms and be used for relapse prevention in the treatment of alcohol and opioid addiction. Patients may also use it to treat mental health issues.
  • Evidence-based treatments: Some therapies have proved to be effective in treating addiction and mental health concerns, and these should form the foundation of a program’s offerings. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are helpful for a wide variety of conditions. It’s also crucial for a program to address motivational issues, provide education, and address a patient’s need for social support.
  • Family involvement: Involving the family in the treatment process can contribute to improved treatment outcomes. Family-focused therapies can help not only the patient but other family members who participate as well.
  • Additional support: A quality program treats the whole person and recognizes that ongoing needs will occur and should be addressed.

There are also other things to look for in a quality treatment center. For example, it’s common for patients to have co-existing (also called co-occurring or comorbid) mental health and substance abuse issues. It’s essential not only to diagnose and address them all but to treat them in a coordinated and integrated way. 

As the authors of an article entitled “Integrated Treatment of Substance Use and Psychiatric Disorders” put it, “Integrated treatment for comorbidity has been found to be consistently superior compared to treatment of individual disorders with separate treatment plans.” 

Despite the importance of addressing all of a patient’s unique and interacting needs in a coordinated way, the great majority of treatment facilities aren’t equipped to do it. Only about 18% of addiction treatment facilities have the staff and programming necessary to treat co-occurring conditions. The statistics are even worse for mental health providers, with only 9% having the capacity to meet their dually diagnosed patients’ needs. 

The Downsides to Luxury Treatment

If you can afford luxury treatment, are there any downsides to it? Maybe. Sometimes luxury treatment programs focus their attention and resources on unnecessary amenities at the expense of programming that actually improves patient care and treatment outcomes. 

Patients themselves can also lose direction. One of the tasks of recovery is to focus on the process and give as much attention to it as possible. People can become distracted by uncomfortable lodging at a sub-par facility, but they can also become distracted by the extras at a luxury center. It’s important to keep your primary goal in mind. 

The truth, though, is that most people can’t afford luxury treatment, which can cost 10 times as much as non-luxury rehab. If you believe you need luxury treatment to heal, and you can’t afford the cost, you may feel very discouraged and not seek treatment at all. 

You don’t need diamond-studded running shoes to run, though, and you don’t need luxury treatment to heal from addiction and mental health issues. You need a program that helps you identify your unique needs and address them in a comprehensive, effective and value-conscious way.

What to Expect From Promises Five Palms

Promises Five Palms may be just what you’re looking for. We’re fully licensed and accredited and set high standards for every area of operation. We work hard behind the scenes to make sure everything will run smoothly for you and that you’ll get the highest quality of care.

If a prescription medication helps your recovery process, our staff’s medical personnel can precisely prescribe what you need. Our doctors are experienced and well-trained, and they want to help you find healing and comfort. They’ll work with you to find the medications and dosages that address your symptoms and work with your biology.

At Promises Five Palms, we keep up with the research and offer well proven and evidence-based treatments. Depending on your personal needs, your individual and group therapy is likely to be built on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) methods. 

All therapies are trauma-informed because we know that people can’t fully attend to the work of recovery unless they feel safe and understood. We also offer treatments that you might expect only to find in a luxury program, such as expressive and adventure-based therapies.

No matter how many issues you’re dealing with, we’ll help you identify and address them in a coordinated way. We understand how one issue can affect another, and we’ll monitor and adjust your treatment to meet your changing needs.

Family programming is an integral part of the treatment here as well. We want our patients to have the support and understanding of their family members, and their family members to have an opportunity to express their questions and concerns. We know that one family member’s addiction and mental health issues affect everyone in the family system. Recovery is enhanced when everyone is working toward the same goals as a unified team. 

Lodging, Treatment Options, and Ongoing Support

At Promises Five Palms, the lodging is comfortable, home-like, and welcoming. You’ll have a private bedroom and access to a large yard full of palm trees. We’re close to the ocean and offer weekly sober outings to local beaches.

Many people love the Florida sunshine, and our residential treatment is an excellent choice for people who want all that an inpatient program has to offer. It’s not the only choice, though. We provide you the therapy you need in the way you need it. 

Because we have a range of treatment options, including residential, outpatient, and online outpatient programs, it’s easy for patients to move from one type of program to another as their needs change. It’s possible to start in residential treatment, then transition to an outpatient program, for example. 

Recovery is an ongoing process, and at Five Palms, we offer ongoing support. We want you to succeed, not just in the short term, but to find continual success and a truly new life. All alumni from Five Palms are eligible to attend weekly meetings and annual gatherings through the Rooted program. You won’t be on your own but will have a continuous source of support and encouragement.

We know you have a lot

What do you actually need when treating mental health and substance use disorders? Is luxury treatment essential? By definition, it isn’t. Part of Merriam Webster’s definition of luxury is something that’s not necessary.

In the world of addiction treatment, luxury is sometimes just another word for expensive, but expensive doesn’t mean more effective. Running shoes studded with diamonds are likely to be much more pricey than non-adorned ones, but they won’t make you run any faster.

If you’re selecting a pair of running shoes, you’ll probably have some basic attributes that you expect, like good traction and high-quality materials, but you’ll also want shoes that meet your personal needs. If you have high arches or an overpronated gait, you’ll do best with shoes that address those issues.

Similarly, you want an addiction and mental health treatment program that’s a good fit for you and addresses your uniqueness. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says this about treating substance use disorders: “Matching treatment settings, interventions, and services to an individual’s particular problems and needs is critical to his or her ultimate success.”

What You Actually Need in a Treatment Program

When looking for a treatment program, it’s important to separate the essentials from the non-essentials and to get a clear picture of what the cost includes. No matter how large or small our budgets are, none of us wants to throw money away on things that don’t help us reach our goals.

If you don’t need luxury, what do you need? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration lists five signs of quality treatment. These are accreditation, a medication option,  evidence-based practices, inclusion of family members in treatment, and ongoing support.

  • Accreditation: Licensing and accreditation are both important, but they aren’t the same thing. Licensing comes from a government body, gives programs a legal right to practice, and has the goal of making sure minimum safety standards are met. If a program isn’t licensed, it can face penalties or be forced to close.

Accreditation, on the other hand, comes from non-governmental organizations and is a voluntary process. Organizations involved with accrediting behavioral health and substance abuse facilities are the Council on Accreditation (COA), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission.

To become accredited, facilities make any changes necessary to comply with the standards of the agency. They participate in on-site evaluations and an audit of their records, staff credentials, programs, management, and treatment outcomes. There are standards in health, safety, financial practices, record-keeping, screening and assessment, accessibility, legal issues and the individuality of treatment plans.

Accreditation is a rigorous and lengthy process. It’s also an ongoing one, which needs to be re-completed every few years. As of 2019, only about 60% of the substance abuse treatment facilities in the U.S. were accredited.

  • Medication: Not all patients will need or benefit from medication. Still, the facility needs to have medical personnel on staff who can prescribe it and monitor dosages and responses for patients who do. Medication may help manage detox symptoms and be used for relapse prevention in the treatment of alcohol and opioid addiction. Patients may also use it to treat mental health issues.
  • Evidence-based treatments: Some therapies have proved to be effective in treating addiction and mental health concerns, and these should form the foundation of a program’s offerings. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are helpful for a wide variety of conditions. It’s also crucial for a program to address motivational issues, provide education, and address a patient’s need for social support.
  • Family involvement: Involving the family in the treatment process can contribute to improved treatment outcomes. Family-focused therapies can help not only the patient but other family members who participate as well.
  • Additional support: A quality program treats the whole person and recognizes that ongoing needs will occur and should be addressed.

There are also other things to look for in a quality treatment center. For example, it’s common for patients to have co-existing (also called co-occurring or comorbid) mental health and substance abuse issues. It’s essential not only to diagnose and address them all but to treat them in a coordinated and integrated way.

As the authors of an article entitled “Integrated Treatment of Substance Use and Psychiatric Disorders” put it, “Integrated treatment for comorbidity has been found to be consistently superior compared to treatment of individual disorders with separate treatment plans.”

Despite the importance of addressing all of a patient’s unique and interacting needs in a coordinated way, the great majority of treatment facilities aren’t equipped to do it. Only about 18% of addiction treatment facilities have the staff and programming necessary to treat co-occurring conditions. The statistics are even worse for mental health providers, with only 9% having the capacity to meet their dually diagnosed patients’ needs.

The Downsides to Luxury Treatment

If you can afford luxury treatment, are there any downsides to it? Maybe. Sometimes luxury treatment programs focus their attention and resources on unnecessary amenities at the expense of programming that actually improves patient care and treatment outcomes.

Patients themselves can also lose direction. One of the tasks of recovery is to focus on the process and give as much attention to it as possible. People can become distracted by uncomfortable lodging at a sub-par facility, but they can also become distracted by the extras at a luxury center. It’s important to keep your primary goal in mind.

The truth, though, is that most people can’t afford luxury treatment, which can cost 10 times as much as non-luxury rehab. If you believe you need luxury treatment to heal, and you can’t afford the cost, you may feel very discouraged and not seek treatment at all.

You don’t need diamond-studded running shoes to run, though, and you don’t need luxury treatment to heal from addiction and mental health issues. You need a program that helps you identify your unique needs and address them in a comprehensive, effective and value-conscious way.

What to Expect From Promises Five Palms

Promises Five Palms may be just what you’re looking for. We’re fully licensed and accredited and set high standards for every area of operation. We work hard behind the scenes to make sure everything will run smoothly for you and that you’ll get the highest quality of care.

If a prescription medication helps your recovery process, our staff’s medical personnel can precisely prescribe what you need. Our doctors are experienced and well-trained, and they want to help you find healing and comfort. They’ll work with you to find the medications and dosages that address your symptoms and work with your biology.

At Promises Five Palms, we keep up with the research and offer well proven and evidence-based treatments. Depending on your personal needs, your individual and group therapy is likely to be built on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) methods.

All therapies are trauma-informed because we know that people can’t fully attend to the work of recovery unless they feel safe and understood. We also offer treatments that you might expect only to find in a luxury program, such as expressive and adventure-based therapies.

No matter how many issues you’re dealing with, we’ll help you identify and address them in a coordinated way. We understand how one issue can affect another, and we’ll monitor and adjust your treatment to meet your changing needs.

Family programming is an integral part of the treatment here as well. We want our patients to have the support and understanding of their family members, and their family members to have an opportunity to express their questions and concerns. We know that one family member’s addiction and mental health issues affect everyone in the family system. Recovery is enhanced when everyone is working toward the same goals as a unified team.

Lodging, Treatment Options, and Ongoing Support

At Promises Five Palms, the lodging is comfortable, home-like, and welcoming. You’ll have a private bedroom and access to a large yard full of palm trees. We’re close to the ocean and offer weekly sober outings to local beaches.

Many people love the Florida sunshine, and our residential treatment is an excellent choice for people who want all that an inpatient program has to offer. It’s not the only choice, though. We provide you the therapy you need in the way you need it.

Because we have a range of treatment options, including residential, outpatient, and online outpatient programs, it’s easy for patients to move from one type of program to another as their needs change. It’s possible to start in residential treatment, then transition to an outpatient program, for example.

Recovery is an ongoing process, and at Five Palms, we offer ongoing support. We want you to succeed, not just in the short term, but to find continual success and a truly new life. All alumni from Five Palms are eligible to attend weekly meetings and annual gatherings through the Rooted program. You won’t be on your own but will have a continuous source of support and encouragement.

We know you have a lot of decisions to make, and we can help you sort through the options and determine the recovery path that’s right for you.  Let us help you find healing. Call us today at 1.844.675.1022

of decisions to make, and we can help you sort through the options and determine the recovery path that’s right for you.  Let us help you find healing. Call us today at 1.844.675.1022

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