Executive Drug & Alcohol Rehab
How Private Luxury Treatment Helps Professionals

If you are an executive suffering from addiction, you are not alone in resorting to alcohol and drugs to help you cope with physical and emotional exhaustion. C-suite executives, presidents, and other high-achieving professionals regularly benefit from executive rehab programmes all around the world.
Attending back-to-back meetings at all hours. Discussing highly confidential and important projects with teams all across the globe. Having to make decisions that could affect the livelihood of hundreds, if not thousands of people. The life of a high-achieving executive can be rewarding in many ways, but it can also lead to serious physical, mental and social issues, such as alcohol and drug abuse.
Burnout is particularly common among high-level executives, given all the work that went into their success. Yet there is a way forward. Executive rehab programmes are specially designed to help high-level clients overcome their problems without unduly interfering with their work.
In this article, we’ll cover the following:

What is executive rehab?

Unlike mainstream rehab centres where residents must adhere to its strict rules and tight schedule, executive rehab allows high-ranking business people to attend to their day-to-day business operations as they receive comprehensive treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction issues.

Counsellors understand the special responsibilities inherent in running a company, and put together a convenient treatment schedule that allows for the continuation of business activities in between sessions. Staff are trained to support the work responsibilities as well as the emotional needs of their clients.
Executive rehab facilities are typically located in beautiful and serene surroundings, offering a sense of luxury while their clients continue their business and undergo evidence-based psychological treatment for addiction or other co-occurring mental health issues.

What are the features of luxury executive rehab facilities?

Typically located in peaceful and tranquil surroundings, executive rehabilitation programmes offer the very best facilities to ensure you are comfortable during your treatment. Featuring comfortable fitness centres, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, specialist spas, working spaces and other amenities, most executive rehab centres provide an environment comparable to that of a five-star hotel.
With a very limited number of clients at any one time – usually 8-12, but in some cases, only one or two – the atmosphere at an executive rehab facility is calm, informal, and serene. Each room is private and comes with an en-suite bathroom plus a personal lounge and study area. A full range of modern business and communications services can be made available for you, if you would like to stay in touch with contacts at work or home.

In addition to extensive amenities and luxury rehab facilities, executive rehab often includes:

  • Fitness exercise with a personal trainer
  • Gourmet and nutritious food
  • Onsite detox and medical supervision
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Access to holistic therapy, such as yoga
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Why residential treatment for executives

For privacy, discretion, and physical distance from stressors, it is important to receive treatment in a safe and well-monitored environment where you can fully focus on your recovery, while still maintaining your work.
Most executives opt to do their treatment programme at an inpatient centre. This type of controlled environment will ensure that they are not exposed to any situations that could worsen their addiction. With 24-hour medical and emotional support, executive clients receive professional counselling and rehabilitation care to help you manage withdrawal, maintain abstinence, and avoid relapse.
Thanks to the unique features of executive drug rehab, residential treatment is able to offer additional advantages that would otherwise be available only at outpatient facilities. These include greater personal space and freedom to move, access to phone and internet, and extra time each day to attend to work responsibilities.

Executive rehab programmes

Before you begin your treatment programme, you will be medically assessed, and your primary care team will decide on the best course of treatment for your addiction.

If you are suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction, it is likely that you will have to go through a withdrawal process. The aim of the detox is to carefully cleanse your body of any toxic substances so that you can move onto the next stage of your treatment. All detoxifications should be overseen by medical specialists to ensure you are as comfortable as possible, and can manage any withdrawal symptoms that may occur.

Many people who have an addiction also suffer from dual diagnosis – a condition where a mental health disorder and a substance abuse problem are present at the same time. To ensure the treatment process is effective and comprehensive, both disorders should be treated concurrently, and ideally in the same location.

The main stage of treatment involves therapy led by a highly trained counsellor. Therapy is often conversation-based, and can be done on an individual or group basis – or some combination of these. An executive rehab centre may also offer a family therapy session to help resolve conflict and improve relationships.

There are many types of psychological therapy, all of which can be helpful in the recovery process. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) are among the most commonly used. The main aim of therapy is to help you understand and overcome your problems, giving you the mental tools and emotional strength to move forward with your life.

In recent times, numerous contemporary alternative therapies have been developed to help executives improve their well-being as they work to overcome their addictions. Art therapy and equine therapy, along with yoga and mindfulness-based therapies, make the rehab process much easier and more relaxing, helping clients maintain their dedication to the recovery effort.

The 12 steps, popularised by Alcoholics Anonymous, represent another path toward addiction recovery. This method may be incorporated within a standard treatment programme, although it is also used independently via AA or NA support groups. An alternative to the 12 steps is Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART). SMART is a global community of mutual-support groups, where members help each other with their problems.

Completing rehab is only a part of your journey to recovery. Aftercare programmes are meant to ensure you continue toward your goal of being free of alcohol or drugs, even after your primary care is complete. Executive aftercare programmes will be specifically tailored to your busy schedule, and can play an important role in helping you avoid a relapse.

What can be treated in an executive rehab?

Rehabilitation treatment programmes can be adapted to help clients recover from all types of addiction. Traditionally, residential rehabilitation centres have mainly focussed on addressing substance abuse disorders. However, with the advance of modern medicine and psychological understanding, treatment facilities have grown capable of assisting with all different types of addiction.

What happens in an executive rehab

AM

During the course of your treatment, every day will be structured to provide high-quality addiction treatment while still allowing you to tend to your business. Each morning will begin with a healthy and nutritious breakfast, perhaps followed by a fitness session with a dedicated personal trainer.

Once you have finished your morning routine, you will have your regular morning treatment sessions with your personal counsellor. Some combination of cognitive and behavioural therapy sessions will likely form the heart of your treatment programme. These sessions will build your mental and emotional toolkit, giving you the resources and focus necessary to resist future cravings.

PM

Afternoons may bring additional group counselling sessions – along with an alternative therapy session to participate in, as part of a holistic treatment package. Evenings will help you stay rested and relaxed, while also providing an opportunity for you to review the relapse prevention methods you have learned.

In your free time, you may choose to attend to your outside work obligations, or perhaps have a massage or a spa treatment, or simply sit back and relax with a good book. These relaxing activities can help bring your body and spirit back into balance. Some centres will also offer extracurricular activities such as sightseeing, sports, art, and cultural activities during the weekend.

How long are executive rehab programmes?

The time you spend as an inpatient in an executive rehab programme will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of your addiction, your ability to partially step away from your day-to-day responsibilities, your response to the treatment, your overall physical and mental health, and whether you have any other physical or mental conditions that need to be addressed.
Common treatment durations include:
  • 28-day treatment programmes (one month)
  • 60-day treatment programmes (two months)
  • 90-day treatment programmes (three months)
While a 90-day inpatient treatment programme may seem intrusive for a businessperson at the executive level, it is worth reflecting on the importance of comprehensive treatment and a full, lasting recovery. On balance, both you and your business stand to benefit greatly from a positive addiction recovery outcome, even if it involves a longer initial commitment to treatment.

How can I find the best executive rehab centre?

It is vital to choose a recovery programme that follows through on its commitment to match high-quality care with support for your personal and work-related obligations. Some rehab centres advertise their own ‘executive programmes’, but end up conjoining these programmes with regular treatment approaches. A professional executive programme will offer confidentiality, high-end services, business amenities, and low staff-to-client ratios to ensure that their executive clients receive the most personalised care.
Tips for choosing the best executive programme:
  • Does the programme offer all the services you are looking for?
  • Is it a customised programme that is tailored to your needs?
  • Do you have access to specialist doctors, psychiatrists, and other professional medical staff who can help with your problems?
  • Can the programme treat other co-occurring mental health issues?
  • Are the facilities similar to that of a five-star hotel/resort?
  • Does the programme offer effective aftercare treatment?
  • What are their confidentiality and privacy policies?

If you are an executive and are considering seeking treatment for your addiction, take the time to read our full-length guide on How to find the best rehab.

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What’s the cost of executive rehab?

The cost of executive rehab varies around the globe. Due to the nature of the programme and the quality of facilities involved, rehab programmes that cater to executives and high-profile individuals are likely to be more expensive than your regular treatment programmes. Prices usually start around $35,000 a month, with some high-end rehab programmes going up to $100,000+ a month.
To give you a clear overview of the available options and their pricing, we have listed the following executive rehab programme providers:

EXECUTIVE REHAB UK & EUROPE​​

The Cottage (England):
$50,000 per month
Addcounsel (England):
$300,000 per month
The Kusnacht Practice (Switzerland):
$380,000 per month

Executive rehab USA

Reflections:
$55,000 per month
Serenity Malibu:
$72,000 per month
The Dunes East Hampton:
$75,000 per month

Executive rehab Australia

The Banyans:
$80,000+ per month
The Sanctuary:
$135,000 per month
The Bay Retreats:
$120,000+ per month

Travelling for rehab

Thailand is fast becoming popular with executives and celebrities who are seeking rehab treatment programmes, thanks to its advantages in terms of price, quality, setting, and anonymity. The average cost of executive rehab in Thailand is about $20,000 per month – far lower than the US, UK, and Australia, while still offering the same level of confidentiality and quality care.
At some of Thailand’s executive rehabillitation centres, a single client can reserve the entire facility for highly tailored treatment. Accommodation, particularly in such settings, keeps to a very high standard. In most cases, executive rehab clients will stay in a self-contained luxury villa with its own pool. A full team of counsellors, nurses, and support staff remains on hand to provide services, while a chef prepares meals to suit individual tastes.
Executive rehabs in Thailand offer very comfortable accommodation, with fitness centres, spas, and other high-quality facilities to help you make the most of each day. Executive rehab centres understand that your time is very valuable, and they provide all the necessary business facilities to help you direct operations while still focussing on your treatment goals.

Are you considering an executive rehab programme for your addiction?
Give us a call today and we’ll talk you through the most appropriate treatment options for your situation.

Author
Cameron Brown
Psychologist
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