What is rehab? I ask this question because I'm not sure I understand the new-aged concept of rehab. My impression was that rehab was a place where drug abusers went to forcibly become clean of their addictions. The visual I have in my head is one of a hospital-gown donning junkie sweating it out on a cot in a locked room. From what I understand of rehab some instances of are not necessarily voluntary, sometimes court ordered, but for the most part rehab is not something I would categorize as pleasant.
Nowadays it appears that rehab has become a very popular and trendy thing to do amongst Hollywood starlets. In some cases it appears to be a get out of jail free card - for example, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton have been offered rehab and "community service" as a means of avoiding jail time. For similar offenses, the average citizen would not have the opportunity to partake in a lavish, relaxing 4-star vacation that is now known as rehab. Most certainly community service would not be an option either. I refer to rehab as lavish and relaxing here because the media portrays it a such. Stars such as Mary-Kate Olsen, Demi Moore, and Leann Rimes appear to attend such facilities in times of "stress." Quite a stark comparison to my earlier impressions of what rehab is/was.
Anyone want to clarify the subject for me?