Florida Rehab Centers
Florida's Ritzy Rehab Centers
Florida -- Palm Beach County in particular -- is home to a thriving recovery industry that increasingly caters to wealthy substance abusers.
SeaSide [Photo: Behavioral Health of Palm Beaches]
In the world of addiction treatment in Florida, there are hundreds of places like the House of Hope in Fort Lauderdale, a 93-bed facility where patients with drug or alcohol addictions pay, on a sliding scale, up to $3,000 a month for a rehab stint. Patients at the non-profit get counseling, doctor visits, meals and a bedroom shared by four.
Then there's SeaSide. Run by for-profit Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, the 18-bed center on swanky Singer Island features designer-appointed condominiums, ocean views, massage therapists, a personal trainer, a fleet of cream-colored SUVs and even "equine therapy" — caring for horses. Recovering in that style costs $49,500 a month for a shared condominium — up to double that if you want a private stay.
"It was not an inexpensive proposition," says retired business owner Ron Dash of his stay at Hanley Center in West Palm Beach. "For me, it was worth every penny." [Photo: Scott Wiseman]
Nowhere are the trends more evident than in Palm Beach County, which is home to the biggest concentration of high-end addiction treatment centers in the eastern United States and now rivals even Malibu, Calif., as a rehab center for the affluent. All but 11 of the 93 rehab centers in the county are run by for-profit companies. The operators include national chains targeting clients from across the U.S. and the world whose financial means are as significant as their substance abuse problems.
Ron Dash, a New Yorker who owned a successful button business in Manhattan, is a typical customer. For Dash, a husband and a father, one drink was never enough. He lived for cocktails at lunch, cocktails after work and a bottle or two of wine with dinner. He began to take pain pills for his hangovers, tranquilizers for the jitters, sleeping pills for insomnia.
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