Executive Rehabs: Addiction Treatment and Detox for Executives

Last Updated: June 9, 2020

Authored by Roger Weiss, MD

Company officials often feel they shouldn’t get treatment for their addiction because their work may suffer, which could result in financial losses or even loss of the company itself and their jobs. What is more, they may hesitate to enter rehab because it could have an adverse effect on their reputation with their clients or employees. They feel they cannot get treatment at the expense of business-related responsibilities. Executive rehab centers offer customized services with their wealthy, busy clients’ considerations and needs in mind.

What Are Executive Rehab Programs?

Office business meetingExecutive rehab programs target people with high-powered jobs and big salaries, providing treatment for drugs, alcohol, or other addictions while enabling them to keep fulfilling their work engagements. These programs give a person the freedom to keep working, traveling, and meeting with clients. Exclusive centers provide spa treatments, private rooms, meditation sessions, nutritional consultations, and other special services. They may also offer anger management, hypnotherapy, art and music therapy; animal-assisted therapy, psychodrama therapy, and trauma workshops. Some centers offer long-term treatment programs in scenic areas, such as in the mountains or at the seaside. Executives and business people get treatment in modalities that address the challenges of being in rehab while fulfilling one’s duties and maintaining career connections. Executive rehab programs offer access to computers and exercise facilities and provide a very high level of privacy.

Advantages of Executive Rehab Centers

According to data of the Australian Social Determinants of Drug Use study, addiction is generally not a factor of socioeconomic status. However, the reasons a top executive can become addicted to drugs, alcohol, or a certain behavior can be, and often are, unique to his or her financial and social status. Statistics of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that fewer than 2 percent of top corporate officials with substance abuse issues seek treatment, which is far below the rate for the general population. Executive rehab programs understand a businessperson’s needs and are tailored to the requirements of these professionals, who may need to deal with addiction issues, work issues, and confidentiality issues all at the same time.
Executive rehab centers typically provide:

  • Catered, healthy meals
  • Comfortable furnishings
  • Outdoor recreational areas
  • Private conference rooms with phone and computer access
  • Privacy
  • Discretion and confidentiality
  • Travel support
  • Seclusion

Executive Rehab Services: What is Treated?

These facilities provide programs to treat addiction to alcohol, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, prescription drugs, food, gambling, sex, or porn among others. These dependencies are treated via inpatient detox or outpatient detox and rehab centers. Executive rehab centers can offer partial hospitalization, medical detox and other medical treatment modalities, peer support groups, therapy, treatment for maintenance medication, and post-treatment support. Not all centers or programs provide all these therapies and services, however. For example, a study of more than 14,000 addiction treatment facilities nationwide showed that only around 1,200 had an opioid treatment program in place. This is why it is recommended to ask about the types of treatment offered at any given facility before making a final decision.

Types of Executive Drug Rehab Centers

Inpatient Rehab Programs

Most experts recommend inpatient programs because residential treatment tends to provide the highest level of support for the patient, both over the course of treatment and during recovery. An executive rehab program can provide residential treatment while supporting the executive’s life outside the rehab center. These programs provide 24-hour care and focus on ensuring a peaceful inpatient environment that also allows the business CEO to keep working for their company without having to focus only on treatment. Inpatient centers cater to the high-end lifestyles of corporate officials, enabling them to interact with counterparts with similar conditions. An executive rehab program allows CEOs of different companies to spend time together, interact and form bonds while keeping them drug and alcohol-free. In inpatient care, nobody has to go through any part of rehabilitation without the care and support of peers and a medical team.

Outpatient Rehab Programs

A CEO rehab facility with an outpatient program allows its patients to go to meetings and conferences that are vital to their companies and careers. Such facilities are also able to provide the intensive therapy and tools an executive needs to beat alcohol and drug addiction so he can get back on track and lead a happy, successful, and productive life. Both types of executive rehab programs can benefit clients who need to put some distance between themselves and the stress of the workplace and the temptations that may exist in their normal life. Inpatient programs would be more helpful for persons with severe addictions. As these centers are always private, the likelihood of media attention is minimal. Doctors and therapists at executive inpatient rehab centers will never share anything released by the client unless specifically authorized to do so.

Executive Drug Rehab: Treatment Duration

28- or 30-day rehab programs can help a person struggling with addiction get clean without making a long-term commitment. Residential treatment centers have rehabilitation that most frequently lasts from one month to a month and a half. 60-day and 90-day treatment programs are also an option. The duration depends on the type and severity of the addiction and the history of the addiction, which includes its duration. Comorbid conditions can also factor into treatment. The programs include talk therapy and individual counseling. There is a variety of programs, on which the duration also depends: non-12-step and non-spiritual, 12-step and spiritual, faith- or religion-based, holistic therapy, and sober living homes. Sober living homes are group homes for people with substance use disorder on recovery, who have to follow certain rules and make contributions to the home apart from staying sober in it. This type of environment can bring about and sustain sobriety and help drug or alcohol abusers adjust to sobriety.

How Much Does Executive Rehab Cost?

Facilities in luxurious surroundings or far away from the patient’s home understandably cost more than traditional treatment centers. If the client is traveling a great distance to get to the center, this will also be factored into the cost. Usually, these facilities are very expensive because they are developed and created with the high-profile patient in mind. A CEO might need to travel depending on the type of business he or she has. There are executive rehab centers around the world that can help one overcome addiction, so whether he or she chooses to receive treatment abroad or stay in the US will depend on their health and the needs of the company. Costs typically run over $1,000 a day because of the amenities and treatment capacities, and because these centers cater to more affluent individuals. Insurance can cover some rehab costs, but only to the extent that treatment is considered a medical necessity. Data from the SAMHSA facilities survey show that such facilities offer fewer beds and accept fewer patients for treatment. Private executive rehab centers have about 25 beds per facility on average as compared to public, state-run programs with an average of about 41.

Release from Executive Rehab Centers

healthy black businessman smilingAccording to experts, an inpatient program that offers medical detox and therapy is the type of treatment most likely to have a positive long-term outcome. The importance of post-treatment coping and support methods, however, should not be underestimated. Comparing and contrasting the treatment capabilities and support provided by the center to those needed in the particular executive’s situation in light of their substance abuse history and other relevant factors, such as a comorbid disorder, will help match the executive to the treatment program that will be most likely to help them reach and maintain recovery over the long term. The type of treatment an executive chooses will depend on the type of his or her business, the degree of confidentiality of the therapy, and his or her reputation. After treatment is completed, the patient can take part in a 12-step program, group or individual therapy, or a peer support group to stay off drugs or alcohol or refrain from other self-destructive behavior, such as compulsive gambling or sex addiction.

Page Sources

  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/2013_N-SSATS_National_Survey_of_Substance_Abuse_Treatment_Services/2013_N-SSATS_National_Survey_of_Substance_Abuse_Treatment_Services_Tables.html

Published on: May 4th, 2018

Updated on: June 9th, 2020

About Author

Roger Weiss, MD

Dr. Roger Weiss is a practicing mental health specialist at the hospital. Dr. Weiss combines his clinical practice and medical writing career since 2009. Apart from these activities, Dr. Weiss also delivers lectures for youth, former addicts, and everyone interested in topics such as substance abuse and treatment.


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