Dr. Drew Pinsky
Celebrities are well known for going to rehab and getting treatment from Dr. Drew Pinsky (pictured), but not many people can afford that luxury. Photo Credit: the1secondfilm/Flickr.com/CC-BY-SA

Nearly every other week, there seems to be another troubled celebrity going to rehab for addiction. A course of in-patient drug or alcohol rehabilitation treatment is far from cheap. Wealthy celebrities may be among the few who can afford the high cost of rehab.

Better accommodations than the Hilton

Gossip magazines, tabloids, news outlets and television shows are usually rife with the misdeeds of celebrities in the grip of drug and alcohol addiction who end up going to a rehabilitation clinic of some sort, with varying levels of success. A recent post on Daily Finance observes that wealthy celebrities are among the few who can afford to get into such a program. The facilities most often mentioned in the press and thus with the greatest exposure are similar to luxurious vacation spots. According to TheFix, the website quoted by the Daily Finance piece, Passages Malibu runs about $80,000 for a month of treatment. The immaculate estate overlooks the Pacific, and residents can get sober in style with masseurs, gourmet chefs and spiritual advisers on hand at all times.

High-end rehab has high-end cost

TheFix has an index of “Rehab Reviews” that lists prices for rehab facilities in reviews and overviews of each facility. Pasadena Recovery Center, the clinic featured in the VH1 shows about celebrities in rehab, is thrifty in comparison to Passages and other high-end rehab centers. A stint in the same facility as Tom Sizemore and Heidi Fleiss costs between $8,000 and $11,000 per month, depending on the package. The Betty Ford Center, named for the former First Lady, comes in at $27,000 for a month. The Pride Institute, a rehab center in Minnesota that caters to the LGBT crowd, costs just less than $20,000 for a month of treatment. The NASH House, a rehab facility attached to the Aurora Las Encinas Hospital, also connected to Dr. Drew Pinsky, who formerly worked there, costs between $840 and $1,400 per night, according to a 2008 article in the Los Angeles Times. For the typical 28-day stint, that will run $23,520 to $39,200.

About those high costs

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is a multi-billion dollar industry. However, there are residential rehab facilities for the low and zero income. Treatment of drug addiction works better than non-treatment, though a stint in rehab is not likely to cure drug addiction on its own. The Centers for Disease Control states that courses of treatment, whether inpatient rehab or outpatient therapy — which accounts for more than 50 percent of all drug treatment — aren’t effective if they last fewer than 90 days. Attaining a state of sobriety takes a long time. The CDC also estimates every dollar invested in treatment saves between $4 and $7 in costs to society.


Daily Finance: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/06/03/the-real-tab-for-rehab-inside-the-addiction-treatment-biz/

The Fix: http://www.thefix.com/rehab-reviews

Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lasencinas-august,0,4242886.story?page=1

Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/idu/facts/Treatment.htm


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