Privacy in Rehab

Living arrangements are often a major concern for someone considering a stay in an inpatient treatment facility. It’s a valid question: how much privacy does someone really have in rehab? It definitely depends on the facility and their approach to treatment. Some addiction experts believe too much alone time is not beneficial for addicts, who are already prone to isolation. Being around others is not only uplifting but also part of the healing process—learning to relate and identify with individuals in the same or similar predicament. Not everyone’s reasoning for being in treatment is the same but there is commonality to be had with realizing when one is powerless over a substance, behavior or mental illness. It’s also potentially a very lonely time in the person’s life, being separated from friends and loved ones under somewhat stressful circumstances. Having a roommate is a potential way to make friends or at least have some form of human connection during this phase of vulnerability.

Other recovery professionals may argue that the smaller and more intimate the treatment center, the more effective it is, and that hours of individual therapy and plenty of self-reflection are essential to early recovery. It’s certainly conducive to the notion of individualized treatment, which has become increasingly popular in recent years and fosters the theory that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Private living quarters also ensures that there is no potential for roommate conflict. Someone who might be accustomed to plenty of privacy and alone time may not react well to sharing personal space with a stranger. There are even some high-end treatment programs and facilities that only treat one person at a time; so, aside from communing with the staff, the individual is on their own literally the entire course of treatment.

The Luxury Difference

The majority of rehabs do not offer private rooms but generally speaking, the higher end the facility, more the likely it is to offer the option for one. At Recovery Malibu, for instance, there are private rooms available upon request but at a slightly higher price point than a shared room. The treatment team acknowledges that some clients desire private, quiet time between group therapy sessions or other activities and therefore have peace of mind knowing their room is their own. As previously mentioned, sometimes a lot of alone time is helpful and other times it’s not, but regardless, it’s a personal choice. Having that choice is one of the many perks of choosing to undergo treatment at a luxury-level rehab. Getting treatment anywhere in Malibu, which is often referred to as the “Rehab Riviera,” is pretty much a guarantee that the client will have the option of staying in a private room if he or she wishes.

The ability to retreat to private quarters at night after spending time with others who are in treatment for most of the day does have its advantages. Every luxury rehab has different amenities but at Recovery Malibu, residents in private rooms can enjoy their choice of programming on the DVR-equipped flat-screen TV in their room and speak freely on their phone at any time of today. This is of course after the initial 72 hours of treatment, when phones are prohibited. If it is an executive client, he or she may also need the privacy in order to efficiently conduct business while in treatment.

Accommodations Are a Small Part of a Bigger Experience

 Regardless of whether the room is shared or private, the experience at rehab can still be positive and life changing. Most programming, especially at luxury facilities, aims to keep clientele active throughout the day with individual and group therapy, communal meals, holistic treatments and physical activity. Nighttime options range from movie nights and beach walks, to the optional attendance at peer support meetings, such as AA or SMART Recovery, in the community. As a result, with the exception of maybe detox in the first few days, residents aren’t spending that much time in their rooms anyway. So while a private room is certainly a nice perk, it will not make or break someone’s time in rehab. It is comforting to know the option is there, however, which is why someone who knows that privacy is a priority, would be wise to consider attending inpatient treatment at a high-end facility.