Professional Organizations

Addiction Studies Program for Journalists

A program co-sponsored by North Carolina’s Wake Forest University School of Medicine that conducts special workshops and lectures for journalists interested in learning more about alcohol and addiction.

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)

An international membership organization that provides information and resources for psychiatrists specializing in addiction.

American Bar Association – Standing Committee on Substance Abuse

A committee of America’s preeminent legal organization that addresses legal and policy issues involving alcohol and drug addiction.

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

A professional society representing close to 3,000 physicians dedicated to increasing access and improving quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions.

Association for Medical Education and Research (AMERSA)

An organization that focuses on the education and training of doctors, nurses, and medical professionals on substance abuse care.

International Council on Alcohol and Addiction

A nonprofit organization bringing together national bodies and a wide range of addiction professionals to exchange knowledge, ideas, advice, guidance, expertise, and research about recent addiction advances.

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)

A professional organization designed for addiction care specialists that provides resources and information for people who work in the addiction field.

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)

An organization that provides news and policy updates and promotes research-based treatment on behalf of nonprofit and private treatment providers.

National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals (NALGAP)

A membership organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions in LGBT communities.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

A nonprofit organization that supports the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs.

National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council (NBAC)

A nonprofit organization that represents a cross-section of the larger black community, including professionals and businesspeople, and promotes the prevention of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

Physician and Lawyers for National Drug Policy

A national group of physicians and lawyers promoting rational drugs policy and providing research and advocacy resources.

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Visions offers top-of-the-line treatment for 13 to 18 year old addicts, with alumni that includes Elizabeth Brockovich—daughter of Erin Brockovich—who found treatment in Vision's outpatient, day school, sober living and their Launch program.

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

This SoCal program fosters a regimented but respectful recovery environment, where teens learn how to live sober through plenty of 12-step meetings and life-skills classes—not to mention "equine-assisted psychotherapy" and mixed martial arts.

Rating: 5 stars
Newport Beach, Calif.

At Sober College, young people learn life skills and can take accredited college courses while going through treatment for addiction.

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

This Austin, Texas rehab provides substance abuse and mental health services as an outpatient programs. It is universally beloved by its clients and alumni for the therapy provided to the individual and the support freely given by a caring staff.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Austin, TX

If you are looking for a loving and nurturing outpatient program which still emphasizes accountability, this may be the place for you. Almost unanimously, clients credit this Lakewood, Colorado program with improving their lives in significant ways.

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

The Sanctuary Byron Bay combines a completely individualized holistic approach with unrivaled luxury. If you want excellent treatment combined with true privacy and every possible amenity, including your own 24-hour carer, this is the place for you.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Byron Bay, Australia

DARA is as lush and exotic as you might expect. Their program includes airport pick-up, a full medical exam at a nearby private hospital and luxury amenities—all at surprisingly affordable prices.

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

Highly rated by their teen clients and their families, Paradigm Malibu offers programs for a really wide range of adolescent disorders including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and eating disorders.

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