What Rehab Is Really Like For These Celebs

Celebs seek treatment in rehab for a number of reasons. For one, they may be highly susceptible to addiction. After all, they're often surrounded by "yes" people, they're rich, they're under a lot of pressure to be perfect, and whatever they want — whether or not what they want is healthy or legal — is at the ready whenever they desire it. It's easy for anyone to fall into a spiral of self-destructive behavior under those circumstances, especially if that person has a history of mental illness, personality disorders, or unresolved trauma of some kind.

Consider Lindsay Lohan, a child of divorce with multiple rehab stints after achieving superstar status in 2004's Mean Girls , or Ben Affleck, an Oscar winner with a genetic predisposition to alcoholism (his father also suffered from the disease) who's sought treatment multiple times.

Getting help for addiction or psychological trouble is often unfairly stigmatized when it should be celebrated. There is no shame in seeking help to get healthy! These rehabilitation centers vary from cushy (horse therapy and saunas) to clinical (dorm rooms and chores) and have all housed A-listers who've sought treatment for everything from addiction to eating disorders to depression.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's 24/7 National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.

Selena Gomez may have focused on pilates at Privé-Swiss

In February 2018, Page Six reported that Selena Gomez had checked into the luxurious Privé-Swiss facility in Connecticut. Gomez is said to have participated in the center's wellness program, which focuses on dialectical behavior therapy (a practice Gomez has been open about utilizing before), art and expressive therapy, meditation, and fitness (with specialized studios and a lot of pilates, swimming, and yoga). It offers massages, a sauna, and psychological therapy, according to the center's website.

However, it wasn't her only experience in treatment.

In October 2016, In Touch reported that Gomez was residing in the Brookhaven Retreat in Tennessee and that the former Disney starlet lamented that she felt "trapped" in the women's only center. However, Gomez later told Vogue of the experience, "You have no idea how incredible it felt to just be with six girls ... real people who couldn't give two s**ts about who I was, who were fighting for their lives. It was one of the hardest things I've done, but it was the best thing I've done."

Gomez checked into another unspecified rehab facility in October 2018 after suffering an alleged mental breakdown.

Mel Gibson had a lot of privacy at Passages

Passages in Malibu, Calif. only permits 12 patients at a time in its facilities, thus providing a great deal more privacy for celebs than other rehab centers may be able to muster (via Business Insider). Passages is located in a 15,500-square foot mansion near the beach and has hosted celebrities including Mel Gibson, Andy Dick, David Hasselhoff, and Stephen Baldwin.

The luxurious Passages center offers two juice bars, a library, a media room, and a gym for patients, who all each get their own private bedroom and marble bathroom. Patients get a lot of individualized attention with a staff to patient ratio of four-to-one.

Unlike many other centers, Passages claims to not treat addiction as a disease, but to focus on other factors that its founders believe lead to addiction, including chemical imbalances and trauma, treating what the staff believe are addiction's true underlying causes.

Ben Affleck had access to a 'meditation dome' at The Canyon

Ben Affleck went to rehab in summer 2018 at The Canyon at Peace Park in Malibu, Calif., and the amenities were reportedly topnotch.

The center boasts hiking trails, swimming pools, and access to the beach. Its programs vary because they're customized to each patient, but The Canyon offers several types of therapies for individuals and groups, including equine therapy, adventure therapy, 12-step programs, family therapy, and relapse prevention.

The Canyon also offers yoga programs, recovery coaching, a sweat lodge, and a focus on nutrition, especially for patients seeking treatment for alcohol addiction. Before the fun, relaxing stuff, however, The Canyon's site notes that detox, monitored by doctors on staff, is typically the first step for most patients, and, once withdrawal is over, the rest of the work begins.

Two other unique features? The Canyon at Peace Park is famous for its "Meditation Dome" and its property has been blessed by none other than the Dalai Lama.

In October 2018, Affleck said of his stay at The Canyon, "Addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle. Because of that, one is never really in or out of treatment. It is a full-time commitment. I am fighting for myself and my family. ... It helps to know I am not alone. As I've had to remind myself, if you have a problem, getting help is a sign of courage, not weakness or failure."

Eric Clapton founded Crossroads Centre in Antigua

Legendary singer and guitarist Eric Clapton founded the Crossroads Centre in Antigua in 1998, and the luxurious, isolated facility has hosted the likes of Britney Spears, Billy Joel, Colin Farrell, and the late Cory Monteith and Whitney Houston, among others.

The Crossroads Centre sells itself as "addiction treatment without distraction," which is likely helped by its otherwise remote Caribbean location, and Clapton credits the center for saving his life. Crossroads offers different programs depending on the patient and their individual needs; it offers fitness training, acupuncture, spiritual guidance, nutritionists, massage therapy, yoga, group and solo therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, and access to the island's gorgeous beaches.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rules at Crossroads are strict: Punctuality is a must, and foul language, electronics, and revealing clothing are banned, even at the beach. What's more, patients can only re-enroll one time each.

Britney Spears' Promise stay had a 'bootcamp' vibe

Yet another rehab center in Malibu, Calif., Promises has hosted a slew of A-listers, including Charlie Sheen, Ben Affleck, Lindsay Lohan, Christian Slater, Matthew Perry, Britney Spears, Tiger Woods, and Robert Downey, Jr. ABC News reports that, unlike a lot of other celebrity-targeted rehabilitation centers, Promises has "dorm-like rooms," shared bathrooms, and 6:45 a.m. wakeup calls, giving it a "bootcamp" vibe. Use of cellphones and the Internet is highly restricted, and patients have meals together and are prohibited from leaving the facilities without supervision.

Like other rehab centers, Promises offers detox programs, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, exercise, therapy, and meditation. It's not all business, though: Promises also has heated pools, sun decks, and hot tubs. David Sack, psychiatrist and Promises CEO, explained to ABC News that the luxury is necessary to attract wealthy patients.

"If you have people with needs who are highly successful, they're going to want to go to a place that's like what they know," Sack said. "When you tell people, 'We're going to put you in this institutional type of treatment,' you basically give them reasons not to come."

Robert Downey Jr. got help at the Betty Ford Center

The Betty Ford Center was one of the first rehabilitation centers that attracted a slew of celebrities. The New York Times reported in 1987 that Betty Ford's high-profile clientele included Chevy Chase, William Hurt, Elizabeth Taylor, and Liza Minnelli; since then other alumni include Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Stevie Nicks, Mary Tyler Moore, Robert Downey Jr., Lindsay Lohan, Anna Nicole Smith, David Hasselhoff, Bobby Brown, and Gary Busey ... to name a few.

Surprisingly, reps for the center told The New York Times that celebrities actually make up less than one percent of its patients. Detoxing is the first step, and it's taken very seriously: All of a patient's medications, including things like Tylenol, vitamins, and mouthwash, are confiscated upon admittance.

Patients work together as part of a "therapeutic family," doing chores like making beds, doing laundry, and setting and clearing tables, in order to function as a community and help them adjust to life inside and outside of the clinic's walls, with days beginning at 6:30 a.m. Patients work with doctors, therapists, nutritionists, psychologists, and spiritual therapists. They also do writing assignments about addiction and self-help.

Lindsay Lohan got to roam free at Wonderland

Wonderland is a private rehabilitation center in West Hollywood that's hosted Lindsay Lohan and Mike Tyson. The New Yorker reports that, unlike many other rehab centers, Wonderland permits the use of computers and cellphones, and the center allows musicians to leave for tour and actors to leave for work during treatment. Patients are also permitted to bring their pet dogs to the center and can leave for shopping trips at will. Wonderland only has 14 beds (comprised of six single rooms and four doubles), but the amenities are swanky, with equine therapy, two pools and patios, and lobster at lunch.

Days at Wonderland begin between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and feature the typical fare of other rehab centers, including therapy, writing exercises, and workouts.

Wonderland came under scrutiny when Lohan was a patient and was spotted on the set of her 2007 film I Know Who Killed Me and getting her Mercedes serviced during her stay. A fellow patient told The New Yorker, "To have a little entourage with you in rehab ... was crazy. The driver sat outside. The publicist hung out with the driver or the personal assistant. People were in and out and coming and going. It was chaos."

Mariah Carey had access to music therapy at Silver Hill

Luann De Lesseps, Mariah Carey, and Nick Nolte are among the alumni of the Silver Hill Hospital rehabilitation center in New Canaan, Conn., according to Page Six. Silver Hill offers customized treatment based on patient needs, including detoxification and addiction, mental illness, and personality disorder treatments, and specializes in psychiatric care, which Carey reportedly sought in 2001 after allegedly suffering a breakdown. Silver Hill has in-patient programs, as well as transitional and outpatient care for patients.

In addition to traditional treatments, Silver Hill also offers art therapy, writing, drumming, gardening, yoga, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, meditation, and pilates. Patients' days include group therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, nutritional consultations as needed, and recreation. There are regular family meetings for patients' loved ones as well.

In terms of amenities, People reports that the 77 beds at Silver Hill are all private rooms, each complete with its own bathroom. The 65 acres of Silver Hill's property boast hiking trails, a two-lane bowling alley, a putting green, an indoor pool, a sauna, a gym, and special rooms for woodworking, music, and sculpting.

Harvey Weinstein treated his sex addiction at The Meadows

Harvey Weinstein was a high-profile patient at The Meadows in Wickenburg, Ariz., a facility that had previously treated stars like Tiger Woods and Kate Moss.

The Daily Mail reports that The Meadows offers a Gentle Path treatment for men with sex addiction, which includes equine therapy, yoga, meditation, and art therapy, though the center treats drug addiction and psychiatric patients as well. Patients may have group or one-on-one therapy. One form of therapy offered is eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), which is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and phobias. Famous patients have also included Donatella Versace, Rush Limbaugh, Elle Macpherson, and Selena Gomez. 

Arizona Central reported that The Meadows bans cellphones, televisions, laptops, iPods, video games, novels, magazines, and musical instruments; patients reportedly are permitted to make an initial phone call upon admittance, then are granted time to use a communal phone after three days in a program.

Demi Moore had access to a helicopter at Cirque Lodge

One star that sought help at Cirque Lodge's luxurious Utah rehabilitation facility was Demi Moore in February 2012 (via E! News), following her hospitalization. According to People, Moore was treated for addiction and an eating disorder.

Fortune notes that Cirque Lodge offers traditional therapy, both in group and individual settings, as well as hiking trails, rope courses, equine therapy, gardening, and art therapy. There are two to four people per room at the Lodge, with just two private rooms. Bathrooms are marble and have Jacuzzis. As if that all weren't enough, there's even a helicopter on site!

E! News reports that plenty of other celebs have sought treatment at the center. In 2008, Kirsten Dunst checked in for depression and Eva Mendes sought treatment for undisclosed "personal issues," while Mary-Kate Olsen got help for an eating disorder in 2004 and Chris Klein for alcohol in 2010. In 2007, Lindsay Lohan checked into Cirque Lodge for her third rehab stint for substance abuse.