How to Choose the Best Alcohol Treatment

Do you have a problem with alcohol dependence? If so, you are one of tens of millions of people around the world or more who have the same problem. Having a drinking problem is one of the most common addiction problems in the history of mankind. It has been an issue for large numbers of people as long as written records have existed, and probably from the time humans first discovered the invention of alcohol. The advantage we have today is the existence of treatment centers to help people with alcohol dependence, whereas in the past, going cold turkey was really the only option for getting better.

Getting into a good alcohol treatment center is one of the best choices you can make if you have a drinking problem. These centers are places where medical personnel, professional counselors, and other experts in the field are available to you around the clock to make sure you get better and stay that way. The important thing is choosing the best alcohol treatment center for you. Each person has unique needs when it comes to addiction treatment. Your needs may be different from that of someone else, so you need to choose the facility that best matches your needs and gives you the highest chance of getting better.

Asking your mental health professional for recommendations for treatment centers is a good idea. You can also look online and find the websites of all the different treatment facilities near you. If you don't have internet access, you can go to the library and use the internet there, or use the phone book. It is best if you can read reviews from others who have used a treatment facility, and even better if you can take a tour of the places you're interested in and ask questions.

There are traditional and luxury treatment centers. The luxury ones offer more privacy and usually have better food than traditional places. They also typically offer holistic treatments like yoga, massage. meditation, acupuncture, art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, and more in addition to the traditional medical treatments and counseling sessions.

Only you know what the best alcohol treatment center is for you. Do your research and discover it before admitting yourself anywhere. If you are in a place that's right for you, you are more likely to stay and finish treatment, and much more likely to get better and stay better. That's the outcome you want, so take the time to find the best place.

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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