For high-profile professionals, reputation is priceless.
Your life is also priceless.
So when faced with the realization that you have a drug or alcohol problem and need to seek treatment, it can seem like these two facts are at war with each other. On the one hand, you need to check into rehab to get the help you need to overcome addiction and save your life. On the other hand, it’s impossible not to think about the damage that could be done to your reputation if word gets out that you’ve gone to rehab.
While many people who have recovered from addiction are eventually able to speak out about their experiences, there are often both emotional and practical reasons for seeking to keep your addiction and treatment under wraps initially. You should share your treatment with others when you’re ready to do so.
This is especially important for people with high-profile careers who might be recognized and become the subject of rumor if they checked into a typical rehab facility. Not all rehabs are able to accommodate the unique needs of executives, celebrities and high-profile professionals.
Let’s look at some of the factors you should take into account when searching for a treatment center that can provide the level of privacy your situation requires.
What to Look for in a Discreet, Private Addiction Treatment Center
Not only do you want the best treatment program available, you want the best people and the best recovery culture suited to you and your situation. Here’s what to look for to ensure you get what you need:
Privacy and Specialization
First, look for a treatment center that exists especially to serve high-profile individuals. This is important because the people and environment will be more comfortable and appropriate to your circumstances, which will aid greatly in recovery.
It’s important to attend treatment with people who you can relate to, at a place where you can trust that your treatment will be kept confidential.
You want a treatment center where:
- Your privacy is taken seriously and guarded appropriately.
- A low patient-to-staff ratio ensures both privacy and personalized attention.
- You’ll have access to services you won’t find elsewhere (such as equine therapy).
- You can build relationships with people who have similar backgrounds and life experiences.
Most standard rehab facilities don’t allow contact with the outside world while you are going through residential treatment. While it is important to stay focused on your treatment process as much as possible, the fact is that some people can’t simply drop off the face of the Earth for a few months, because others are depending on them.
This is why, at The Dunes East Hampton, we allow designated times for our residents to get on the phone or online to take care of urgent matters.
This is one example of how a treatment center that is built especially for high-profile individuals provides greater flexibility with its services than typical rehabs. When you are evaluating treatment centers, ask about their policies and how they can be flexible to meet your particular needs.
Every person’s battle with addiction is unique. Therefore, the treatment plan to overcome it should also be unique. Quality treatment programs will always customize treatment for each client’s unique needs, and this is especially true at high-end facilities.
At The Dunes, we create a fully customized plan tailored to each individual’s needs, after doing a comprehensive intake evaluation.
No Downgrade in Lifestyle
Wherever you go for treatment, it’s important that you feel comfortable there. After all, going through treatment is an uncomfortable process itself, so you don’t want the environment to contribute any additional anxiety.
Take a tour of any treatment center you’re considering, either in person or virtually, and get a sense of how it feels. Can you see yourself living there (temporarily)? Does it provide adequate comfort physically? Is it also mentally and spiritually soothing?
Going through recovery should feel like a healing process, not a punishment. That’s why our treatment center is located in East Hampton, in the midst of beauty and luxury. Here, our residents can enjoy the comfort and amenities they’re used to, while experiencing the best treatment services available on the East Coast.
Compassion and Respect
Addiction can happen to anyone, regardless of social status, age, race or any other factor. People of all walks of life are affected by substance abuse. And yet, our society still has a strong social bias towards addiction. All too often, addicts are treated as part of the problem instead of as a patient in need of care.
Make sure that any treatment facility you consider operates under the belief that every person struggling with a substance use disorder deserves to be treated with compassion and respect. Don’t settle for anything less.
Protecting Your Professional Reputation and Your Life
While it’s true that protecting your reputation is important to your career, the fact is that you can’t have a career without a healthy life. There will always be some risk that people will find out about your addiction, but that doesn’t have to be a source of shame. How you choose to look at the situation is far more important than what other people think.
Going through rehabilitation with other people who share similar careers reminds you that you’re not alone in your struggles, and that there’s a community of people who understand you and support you in your journey to take back control of your life from addiction.
At The Dunes, it’s our mission to help you achieve all three goals:
- Get sober, healthy and happy.
- Build a support network for the future.
- Protect your career and reputation.
We invite you to learn more about our Executive Program and all the wonderful luxury amenities we offer along with world-class drug and alcohol addiction treatment here in The Hamptons. Whether you are a local New York resident or are coming to us from somewhere else in the nation, you can rest assured that your privacy and safety is our top priority.