How to find the best anxiety treatment centers

Anxiety is a pervasive and debilitating condition that can impact your quality of life. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may find that you are unable to hold a job, function in social situations or even leave your home without experiencing symptoms. Fortunately, you can overcome anxiety with the proper treatment.

Many different anxiety treatment centers are available, so it can be difficult to decide which center is best for you. As you compare your options, consider each of the following characteristics.

1. Location.

Treatment centers that are near your home are more convenient. If a treatment center is far away, your overall treatment expenses will also increase because of travel. Nonetheless, the quality of the treatment you receive is also important, so don't choose a treatment center solely based on its location.

2. Program Type.

Not all anxiety treatment centers offer the same type of programs. While some programs offer only outpatient treatment programs, others may offer only inpatient treatment programs. Still others may offer a combination of inpatient and outpatient treatment. Try to choose a treatment center that offers the type of program you prefer.

3. Affordability.

Some anxiety treatment centers may charge different amount for the same type of services. Treatment centers also differ with regard to which insurance policies they will accept. Be sure to learn about these policies before you choose a treatment center. If you won't be able to pay all of your portion of the bill upfront, be sure to inquire about available payment plans as well before you enroll in a program as well. 

4. Services.

Anxiety treatment centers may offer a number of different services, including counseling, medication, group therapy and alternative therapies. Find out which services are available at each of the facilities you are considering and use this information to make your choice.

5. Reputation.

One of the most important factors to consider as you evaluate different facilities is the facilities' reputation. You can learn about a given facility's reputation by looking for reviews written by past patients, healthcare professionals and/or other industry experts. In general, it's best to read unbiased reviews published on independent websites, as opposed to those published directly on a facility's website.

In a perfect world, you would be able to find anxiety treatment centers that meet all of the qualifications above. However, this isn't always possible. If you cannot find a treatment center that excels in all of these areas, simply choose the facility that offers the services or options that mean the most to you.

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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