How to choose a luxury rehab center

Only 11 percent of the 23.5 million drug and alcohol addicts get help in a specialty facility, reports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. You or your loved one can be one of those people when you choose a luxury rehab center. Here, you'll find a first class environment that surrounds you with all the support you need for a successful recovery journey.


Therapy plays a big role in your recovery success, so carefully research therapies offered at the luxury rehabs you like. You'll definitely want individual therapy with a professional who's licensed, trained in handling your specific addiction, available when you need him or her and committed to your privacy. The most successful recovery experiences also include a variety of therapies such as:

  • Cognitive
  • Emotional
  • Behavioral
  • Dual diagnosis or co-occurring treatment
  • Equine, adventure or pet therapies
  • Group
  • Family

You may also want research the availability of anger management, nutrition classes, stress control, spiritual counseling and other therapeutic resources if they are important to you and your recovery.


While you can't put a price on addiction recovery, you do want to focus on your health and wellness instead of stressing about how to pay for rehab. Talk to the potential rehabs on your list about their cost and ask for a detailed description of charges. Then see what rehab services your insurance will cover. Some insurance companies pay a per-day stipend, cover treatment like detox and medications but not massages or pay for traditional but not alternative therapy. 


Your recovery can happen anywhere, but you're more likely to stay focused when you're surrounded by a peaceful environment in a location that's removed from daily life and addiction triggers. That's why you should carefully consider a rehab's location.


When choosing a rehab center, compare the amenities. Then select the luxury setting that provides you with the tranquil environment you need for success. Possible amenities include fine dining, a fitness center, exercise classes, 24/7 access to a full-service detox and medical facility, spa treatments, upscale activities like golf and concierge service.

Choosing the right rehab plays a big role in your recovery success. When comparing potential facilities, use this checklist. You may also call us for help in finding the luxury rehab center that's a good match for your needs.

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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