Rehab Models

Rehab Models and Treatment Modalities

By now you may have found out that there are many different models of private drug rehab programs. The differences in treatment approaches can be slight or they can be on opposite ends of a spectrum. These could include how addiction is viewed, the length of the rehab program, the accomodations of the clients and how the patients are treated. Here are a few of the main rehab models of today for you to compare and then call us at 1-877-372-5719 for more information.

The Biophysical Rehab Model

The biophysical rehab model had its early formation in the mid-1960’s, with its current approach developing in the late 1970’s. It is based on the groundbreaking scientific discovery that toxic chemicals such as drugs actually leave residues behind in the body that store in the tissue and continue to create barriers for an individual’s permanent recovery. These residuals can produce effects such as mood swings, impaired mental ability and even mild to severe physical cravings. By removing the residues these barriers are lifted so that the individual can then fully benefit from the educational courses and individual counseling that take place during the second half of the program. The biophysical drug rehab model is non-traditional and does not use any substitute drugs or medications in its treatment. It also believes addiction can be fully handled once and for all and does not have to be a life-long process of being “in recovery.” This program continues to demonstrate a higher level of success.

The Minnesota Model

Most 12-step programs are patterned after or at least loosely based on something called the Minnesota Model. This came from the formation of a well-known 12-step program in Minnesota back in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. This program is often only 28 days in length and follows the disease theory of addictin that believes relapse is a part of the recovery process and that it is a battle taken one day at a time. Clients are also asked to acknowledge or render themselves powerless against drugs and alcohol. The upside to this approach is that clients are able to try and help each other through the process, which has merit and is done in many other types of programs as well. This model does not have a very high permanent success rate, but it does work for some people. Over the years this approach has been added to and altered many times over and a common practice in this day and age is to give prescription drugs to addicts for maintenance or to only treat their symptoms.

The Malibu Model

Along a stretch of coasline in southern California, Malibu is home to more than two dozen resort-style rehab getaways that include private chefs, opulent decor and spa-like comfort. While the treatment aproach varies between different philosophies, they are still generally only about a month long and are at the top of the price range for rehabilitation facilities, some possibly as high as $70,000 + for a 30-day stay. These programs are often where celebrities will go given the privacy, cost, location and accommodations. Similar to the previous approach, many of these programs use pharmacotherapy in their treatment program, which means they may prescribe more drugs to addicts. It is our experience that many of these drugs actually cause relapse due to their own abuse potential or side effects. Despite some of the high profile clientele, the Malibu model doesn’t have a standard verifiable success rate.

The Florida Model

While the Florida Model is a modified version of the two above, it doesn’t have to subscribe to any particular treatment philosophy either. It generally means people coming from out of the area and continuing a longer-term treatment program but living in a revery home or sober house instead of staying in residential treatment. Because of this, some programs that use the Florida Model are able to provide private rehab services at a somewhat reduced rate because the number of staff needed around the clock is minimal.