Finding the best private depression treatment centers

Although it doesn't always cause obvious symptoms, depression can be a debilitating illness. When you are depressed, you may lose interest in all of your favorite activities, and you may be less productive at work. People with depression may also deal with health concerns and relationship problems.

One of the best ways to overcome this condition is through professional treatment. However, many people who struggle with depression are hesitant to enter treatment out of embarrassment. Fortunately, you can receive treatment for your condition discreetly at a private depression treatment center.

What is a Private Depression Treatment Center

A private depression treatment center is a facility that treats patients in a safe, private environment. If the facility provides inpatient treatment, patients typically stay in private rooms and receive plenty of one-on-one attention from the staff. Private depression treatment centers are available all across the country.

Finding Private Depression Treatment Centers

You can find private depression treatment facilities by searching online or asking your doctor to recommend some options. When choosing a depression treatment center, be sure to compare your options based on the following characteristics:

  • Cost - Private depression treatment programs tend to be more expensive than standard programs. However, the cost of private programs will still vary. Likewise, some programs may accept payment from insurance providers, while others will not.
  • Location - Private depression treatment facilities are available in all states. Some are in more serene or picturesque locations than others. However, keep in mind that the location of the facility may also affect your overall cost if significant travel is required.
  • Effectiveness - Some treatment programs are more effective than others. Be sure to research different programs' success rates before you enroll. You can usually find success rates by visiting the official websites of different treatment facilities or by calling the facilities directly for more information.
  • Treatment Style - Not all treatment centers use the same approach to therapy. For example, some of the best treatment centers employ dual-diagnosis treatment options for people with co-occuring dosorders. Examples of co-occuring dosorders include alcohol or drug addiction, as well as some behavioral problems. Likewise, some treatment centers offer more alternative therapies, such as art therapy, than others do. 

Choosing the right treatment center is largely a matter of personal preference. As you compare your options, remember to consider your own preferences and priorities with regard to 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.

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