How to Choose the Best Alcohol Treatment Centers

Alcohol abuse is not just difficult to overcome, it is very common. One in 12 adults in the United States suffers from alcohol abuse or addiction. Some people experience more mild addictions, while others have a serious dependency problem. Before addiction takes control of your life, make sure to seek out the best alcohol treatment centers and get back on track with your life.

Programs That Work for You

Make sure to find a program that works for you. While some people may only need a 30-day program, a longer or more intensive treatment program may be recommended for people whose drinking problem is more serious. People who are at risk for relapse may benefit from getting inpatient treatment, which also offers the advantages of more intensive care and the camaraderie of your peers.

Check Out the Staff

A rehab staff can make or break a treatment program, so researching staff is essential. Not only do you want to ensure that your potential caretakers are highly trained, experienced and specifically trained to work with your addiction, you want to make sure the staff includes a highly qualified medical professional and a psychologist.

Listen to Testimonials

The success-to-failure ratio of a rehab center is important to consider. Reading testimonials and reviews by former patients is important; if there is a high rate of relapse (especially soon after release), you would likely want to avoid a certain facility. Weigh all the pros and cons former clients point out in their rehab reviews to get the best picture.

Check It Out

Narrowing down your options will make it a lot less complicated to choose a facility. One good way to do that is to visit some facilities in person (or contact the staff via telephone or Skype). This not only gives you the opportunity to see first-hand how the facility is operated and how it feels, it also lets you meet some of the facility leadership and the staff that may be taking care of you in the future. You don't want to commit to a treatment program if it does not suit your needs.

Distance Versus Convenience

When choosing your ideal rehab center, it's important to know whether it's close enough to be convenient for you. If your rehab center of choice is too far away from you, it may prove to be a major inconvenience for you and your family members. Yet you don't want to sacrifice your recovery for convenience. Be sure to weigh the quality of the center with your willingness to travel.

The first step to recovery is to get proper treatment. This sets you up with the tools you will need to manage your new life without drinking.

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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