Finding the best addiction rehab centers

Addiction rehab centers are available all across the United States and internationally. However, each of these centers offers different advantages and disadvantages to patients. If you are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, use the criteria below to evaluate different facilities and find the best addiction rehab centers in your area.

1. Location

When choosing a rehab facility, location is an important consideration. A facility's location determines how far you will have to travel before you begin your treatment program. If you would rather stay near your home, or if you are on a budget, facilities that are far from your hometown may not be the best choice. On the other hand, some of the best facilities are found in remote locations with beautiful scenery, such as in Malibu or near the mountains in Utah. If you are looking for the most relaxing environment possible, traveling to another location may be worth the trouble.

2. Success Rate

A facility's success rate tells you how many program graduates have been able to recover from their addictions in the past. For example, if a facility advertises a success rate of 80 percent, you can assume that 80 percent of people who completed the program recovered successfully. In general, the best facilities have higher success rates.

3. Reputation

All rehab facilities build a reputation among past clients and in the medical community. You can learn about the reputation of a specific rehab center by looking for rehab reviews published online. In general, the best reviews are those published on neutral, third-party websites. Rehab reviews published directly by the facility tend to be more biased. Try to choose a facility that has a good reputation.

4. Services

Not all rehab centers provide patients with the same services. For example, some of the best facilities offer inpatient medically supervised detox programs to help patients eliminate drugs from their body with as little discomfort as possible. Some programs may also offer supportive resources to people who have completed their treatment and left the facility. Try to find a program that offers a range of services.

5. Cost

For most people, cost is a serious concern when it comes to addiction treatment. Before you enroll in any program, be sure that you are able to afford your portion of the bill. Keep in mind that some programs do accept insurance payments.


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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