Nicotine addicts aka smokers can get a lot of help these days. There are numerous free webpages available with lots of information, tips and tricks on how to quit smoking. Books, videos and pamphlets are available for free, to everybody who is serious about quitting. Almost every country offers free government pages and help as well, you would think we covered all the bases.
Addiction is a good money maker and lots of ex-smokers try to jump on the bandwagon, trying to earn a few bucks with their new found wisdom on “how to”. I just watched a TV commercial the other day, were a guy looks the viewer in the eye and says “I have been an addict myself…yada yada yada call our addiction center” and I had to shake my head.
“Have been” is past tense if I am not mistaken. There is his first lie, right there in the commercial. Addicts are addicts, regardless of how long they haven’t used the addictive substance. Everybody who is honest about it knows, that only one drink, one cigarette or one pill can throw you right back into the addiction, even after years and years. There is no cure, no magic wand that makes it all just go away. And their is absolutely no shame in it.
Business is good when dealing with addicts these days, so I wasn’t really surprised to read that there were nicotine rehab centers. I got curious and had to look into it further.
The success rates are high, so they say. Some claim they have an unprecedented success rate of 60 % after one year. That is really high! 60 % of smokers stayed smoke free for at least one year after they visited the Rehab center? What’s their secret? Do they sew their mouth shut?
I looked up the prices and almost fainted:
So here is the list to all the smokers with too much money to spend:
MAYO CLINIC NICOTINE DEPENDENCE CENTER
|Location: 200 First St. S.W. Rochester, MN
Summary: 8-day stop smoking program
|Cost: $5,500 for 8 day residential retreat, self-pay (in advance) or private insurance|
ERENITY VISTA ADDICTION RECOVERY RETREAT
|Location: Boquete, Panama
Summary: Small retreat center, 6 week minimum stay nicotine cessation program incorporating the 12-steps and holistic therapies
|Cost: Standard all inclusive rates for private accommodations with a 6 week minimum stay for $12,600|
SMOKING CESSATION WELLNESS SPA RETREAT
|Location: Scheduled Monthly
Phone: 877-211-9366 or 541-330-9695
Summary: 7 days/6 nights, for men and women, with preparation to quit on the 3rd day
|Cost: $1,250 for 7 day / 6 night retreat, reduced companion rates available|
ST. HELENA CENTER FOR HEALTH
|Location: 10 Woodland Road, St. Helena, CA 94574
Phone: 800-358-9195 or 707-963-6475
Summary: 10 day smoke-free life program using nutrition, exercise and stress management
|Cost: $4,135 for 7 day residential retreat, self-pay or private insurance|
I read the list in disbelieve, but we are not rich, so maybe I don’t have the right perception on things like that. I thought about our empty guestroom upstairs for a split second “maybe I should…?” 🙂
As always, I am either spot-on or way off with my opinion. But I think everybody, who is willing to spend that amount of money, is determined and would have succeeded quitting alone at home as well.
But what do I know~!