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Rating: 5 stars
Malibu and Los Angeles
$40,000/30 days (45 day minimum)

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Rating: 5 stars
Newport Beach, Calif.

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Rating: 4.5 stars
Woodland Hills, CA
$15,000 - $25,000 per month;

This San Diego luxury rehab provides customized treatment by highly qualified staff and, according to one alum, “Sets the gold standard for all other treatment centers.”

Rating: 5 stars
San Diego, CA
$60,000 for 30 days, additional $10,000 for a private room

This 12-step based non-profit Tennessee facility for men offers meetings, groups and camaraderie.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Burns, TN
30-day program: $6500; LTR Program / Extended Care: $5500 (monthly); step-down program (outpatient): $1500

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Rating: 4.5 stars
Austin, TX

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Rating: 4.5 stars
Lakewood, CO
$30-$50 per group; $50-$75 per one-on-one session.

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Rating: 4.5 stars
Byron Bay, Australia

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Rating: 4 stars
Koh Chang, Thailand
$6,995 for 4 weeks.

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Rating: 4.5 stars
Malibu, CA
$49,000 flat rate