The recovery process should be neither grueling nor painstaking – recovery is hard enough as it is, and you don’t need to consider making things harder for them to be more “effective”. Too many people still see addiction as a mortal sin or as a blight on their character, a thought often fueled by depressive thinking, or the opinions and thoughts of others. To those who think their addiction is a form of moral failure, recovery feels like a punishment, one they have to relish by taking on as much pain as possible in order to atone.
Regardless of what your spiritual or religious beliefs are, addiction is not a moral failure, and the idea of punishment is as far removed from addiction treatment as possible. Addiction is treated, like any illness or disease should be, through the use of therapy and possibly medication. Like any treatment, there can be discomfort and pain, both physical and emotional, as well as complications. And like any treatment, there’s a ratio for success and the potential of relapse. But under no circumstances is any professional, reputable treatment facility in the business of making you atone.
As such, comfort and compassion are top priorities. Recovery is hard enough, so hardship and suffering don’t have to emphasized. The more comfortable a person is during the healing process, the more open they are to listen and learn, and grow. Treatment isn’t about making someone drag themselves through the dirt for a spiritual awakening and true redemption, but it’s about helping them find the right state of mind to address the effects of their addiction, analyze how they came to be addicted in the first place, and assess what they’ll have to do and change to lead a better life outside of treatment.
Sobriety Isn’t Grungy or Painful
Aside from treatment itself, there’s the erroneous belief that sobriety is boring, a necessary chastity practiced by people who otherwise simply can’t control themselves, and that imbibing infrequently is a privilege for those who don’t have to shackle themselves to something like being sober.
That’s one way of seeing it. But perspective is everything when talking about sobriety. Many choose to see it as a punishment, and they either relapse, or stay sober out of spite, so as to have a reason to be angry at others, excusing any outbursts as part of the process. Dry drunks are still emotionally volatile because of the negative perception towards sobriety, and they’ll remain that way until they change their mind or go back to drinking.
Sobriety isn’t a punishment, or a life sentence. It’s a choice many have to make after addiction treatment, but not one they should make unwillingly. Sobriety means a better life, it means better memories, it means having the ability to perceive the pleasures and joys of life in their fullest and most glorious form. Sure, it also means life is unfiltered, and there’s a lot to feel bad about out there. But if therapy should teach you anything, it’s to understand how your choices and perception help you shape and mold your own life.
To that end, luxury rehab is more than just a more expensive variant of the programs usually offered by most treatment facilities. By combining the latest in therapeutic practices with a more complete understanding of addiction treatment accumulated over years and decades of experience, most luxury rehab centers and luxury sober living communities offer experienced staff, top-quality amenities, and a focus on helping residents make the most progress possible within the length of the program.
Sober living homes in particular benefit from offering a certain level of luxury, because they don’t have set programs, and tenants can stay as long as they need to. A wider and more qualitative range of amenities and treatment options means tenants can benefit from a treatment plan that is more accurately suited to their particular circumstances.
This can help them feel more understood, and it can speed up the treatment process. For example, not every treatment facility or sober living community can offer a variety of different forms of talk therapy, aromatherapy, meditation classes, physical therapy, yoga, and the ability to spend time out on a beautiful beachfront, or out on a nearby hiking trail. Most treatment facilities are limited by certain factors including cost, and with fewer limitations come greater opportunities for a more effective treatment.
Much More Than Just Comfort
So far, the benefits of recovery in a luxury setting are comfort and treatment that prioritizes a patient’s individual needs. But there’s more behind a luxury setting than the fact that it’s nicer. Nice is good, and it’s conducive to treatment. But so is quality and experience. We’ve also emphasized that. You do get what you pay for, and a luxury setting is indicative of more than just comfort.
There is no exact cure for addiction, and treatments that work for some don’t work for others. Just as it’s important to recognize each patient’s individuality and need for unique treatment, it is equally important to value the work and effort that goes into finding out exactly what it is a patient responds to, and how to best help them. Luxury settings also often mean a greater variety of options.
Making Lasting Progress
Treatment is one thing, but recovery is a lifelong commitment. That means your journey starts at rehab or in a sober living home, but it never ends. And that’s not a bad thing. Life itself is a day-to-day journey, and while it has its downs, it also has its ups, and making the most of those is the key to a happier life. It’s no different in recovery. Dwelling on mistakes only increase your chances of making new ones, but if you learn from them, you can continue to improve on your recovery and recommit after a relapse in such a way that you know what to avoid for the future.
No matter how your treatment begins, that attitude is crucial. But it isn’t eternal. Support is necessary as well. It’s important to have people around you to convince you to stay strong when you feel like you can’t.