Finding the best drug rehabs

If you are struggling with drug addiction, a drug rehab center can help you keep your life in control again. It's often not quite that easy, however; you must balance several options to determine what you need and how you can get it. Finding the best rehab centers offers the opportunity to get the highest quality of treatment possible.

Flexible Treatment Plans

The best drug rehabs are often ones that offer flexible plans. The best option often depends on your needs. If you have a troubling but mostly manageable drug problem, a 30-day outpatient program may suit your needs. If you have a more serious alcohol dependence or drug addiction, though, you might benefit from a longer program or inpatient care to better tackle your problems. Be on the lookout for rehab centers that offer luxury amenities for those who can afford some extras. For those who can't, and whose insurance companies will only cover a percentage of the costs of a rehab center, look for cash pay options with the ability to pay over time.

Experienced Staff

Researching the staff of a rehab treatment center can give you a good idea of the quality of the rehab center. Read about whether the staff has experience and training with addiction, as well as general health care experience. A quality medical practitioner and a psychologist are essential staff members at the best drug rehabs.

Read Testimonials

A good track record is important and should be researched thoroughly. Read reviews and testimonials and look into the treatments used. If there is a history of relapse at a center, that should be a major strike against that facilty. Drug addiction is too big an issue to take  for granted.

Examine it Yourself

Visiting a potential rehab center before you commit to it is highly recommended. You can examine the atmosphere and meet the staff to get a better idea of the center's quality. You can also call them over the telephone or hold an online chat session if an in-person visit is not doable. Either way, you do not want to blindly commit yourself without having a good idea of the setting.

Judging Distance

Distance is important to consider when choosing a rehab center. If you have work or family obligations, it may not be a simple matter to leave them behind, especially for a rehab center that is very far away. If possible, try to find a quality rehab center near where you live. At the same time, however, ,make sure it is indeed a quality facility, as you don't want to avoid recovery just because it's too far away.

No matter your addiction, the first step toward recovery is treatment.

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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.
$30,000/mo.

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
$190/day

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
$140,000/month

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