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Celebrities and Drug Treatment

Judging by the contents of supermarket tabloids, one might imagine that there are thousands of celebrities in drug treatment at any given time, and that the 12-step drug treatment meetings of Hollywood are full of movie stars.

In reality, the percentage of celebrities who develop and addiction requiring drug treatment is not significantly different from the percentage of the general population checking into a drug rehab center. The only difference is that certain segments of the press care when and where celebrities check in.

In fact, the “celebrity going into drug treatment” is a staple of the tabloid press. Large sums of money are exchanged for photos of some pale, shaky celebrity being walked into a rehab facility. And while some rehabs, such as Promises in Malibu, Le Prive in London and the Betty Ford Clinic in Palm Springs seem to specialize in celebrity rehab, most are designed to help ordinary people with their extraordinary problems.

At The Orchid Recovery Center and other like-minded facilities these celebrities don’t receive special treatment – just care and attention that every other recovering addict in the program can expect.

Just like any other rehab patient at The Orchid, these recovering celebrities have a large challenge in front of them. They have to learn how to build a life without the drugs and alcohol that they have come to depend on for comfort and security. The caring staff at The Orchid teaches all their charges that the addiction recovery process is one that will require them to look deep within themselves for the causes of their emotional pain and find ways other than substance abuse to deal with it.

What Makes Drug Treatment for Celebrities Different?

Although they are treated the same as everyone else in the addiction treatment program, celebrities don’t always have the luxury of simply attending rehab and being “just another client.” Everywhere they go they are watched with special intensity and viewed differently because of their celebrity status. For some celebrities this might be counterproductive, and prevent them from being able to openly share their feelings with the honesty needed to fully recover.

In cases like this, a drug treatment center with experience with celebrities is very valuable. This kind of treatment center will have the structure and experience to safeguard the celebrities’ privacy from outsiders and even other patients who are motivated by curiosity rather than genuine concern. Additionally, the staff of a drug rehab center which receives regular celebrity patients is less likely to become “star struck” and treat the celebrity in manner different than the other clients.

Just like any other recovering addict, the celebrity faces the true challenge to their sobriety when they leave the drug treatment center. When the celebrities return to their family, friends, work and pressures, they need to have a strong and effective relapse prevention plan in place. This plan should include not only regular contact with mental health and addiction professionals, but also a strong support system of people dedicated to remaining clean and sober.

This is the true value of rehab facilities such as The Orchid. The Orchid Treatment Center for Women not only addresses the symptoms of addiction, but also provides life-skills and behavioral changes needed to maintain sobriety – even in the fast-paced world of Hollywood.

At The Orchid Recovery Center, you don’t have to be famous to receive the finest care available. It’s only important that you’re a woman who wishes to break the cycle of addiction once and for all. Using treatment methods designed especially for women, The Orchid provides a way for women to heal – to learn the skills integral to living a sober life – and providing a support structure that breaks down the walls of isolation built up by years of addiction.

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