Finding the Best Rated Drug Rehab Centers

Finding the right rehab center for your needs can be tricky. In 2012, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse determined that not all rehab centers are the same when it comes to treating addiction. To ensure that you go to one of the best rated drug rehab centers, you should obtain recommendations, do your research and read online rehab reviews of each property.


Before you can consider the type of rehab center you want to attend, you first need to get a recommendation from your doctor. Make an appointment to discuss your addiction problems and what type of therapies your doctor thinks would give you the greatest benefit. Your doctor may suggest a few treatment facilities in your area. Be sure to contact your insurance company to ask about coverage. The company’s call center may also recommend rehab centers and other services that are at least partially covered by your insurance policy.


Now that you have a few options to look at, you should also take a moment to consider your own needs. Rehab centers come in all shapes and sizes, with different approaches for helping people cope with their alcohol dependence and drug problems. Go online to and research the centers recommended to you, as well as others in your area. Get information about:

  • cost
  • types of therapy
  • detoxification services
  • other activities (e.g. horseback riding, yoga)

This will help you paint a bigger picture of what each rehab center has to offer you.


With a short list of facilities that you could reasonably attend, you need to read the rehab reviews to make your decision. Go through the reviews carefully. If many people had a great experience there, you may as well, Similarly, if you see reviewers pointing out the same problems over and over again, you can expect those problems to likely occur during your stay. Bear in mind that people who had a negative experience at a particular location are not always the most objective critics. As such, you should not automatically discount a rehab facility because of one or two negative reviews.

You can locate a rehab center that will meet your needs and help you beat back your substance abuse problems. With recommendations from your doctor, and online research and reviews, you will find the rehab center that will allow you to get a new lease on life.

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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