How to Find the Best Drug Treatment Centers

Recent statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse reveal that among Americans aged 12 and older, 23.5 million people face a serious addiction to drugs or alcohol. Even though these people need treatment, only 11.2% (or 2.6 million people) actually receive treatment at a drug treatment center. One of the major problems that people with an addiction face is that it is challenging to find the best drug treatment centers. Because addiction is so stigmatized, few people talk openly about their experiences at various facilities. Moreover, it is difficult to find trustworthy reviews online.


If you’re struggling to find a treatment center, let be your guide. On our website, you’ll not only find the best facilities, but also a supportive community and a library of information concerning addiction and recovery.


Questions to Ask When Searching for a Treatment Center


From an outsider’s perspective, amenities like excellent living quarters, gourmet meals and private pools may look nice. However, these things don’t tell the whole story. If you’re searching for treatment centers, here are some of the things you should look into:


  • Aftercare Services: Detox, counseling and therapy are all common features of addiction treatment programs. However, even though it is every bit as important as the initial treatment, aftercare is often overlooked. The best facilities should provide you with referrals to support groups as well as continuing therapy even after you’ve been discharged so that you can prevent a relapse.
  • The Program’s Track Record: Before choosing a particular facility, ask to see statistics about the facility’s success rates. These statistics should be provided by an outside agency so that you know you are getting an objective viewpoint on the facility’s treatment methods.
  • Accreditation: Your treatment center should be staffed by licensed professionals with specialized training in all types addiction. In addition, the treatment center should be able to provide proof that it has been accredited by the state in which it is located.


Deciding to seek treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol is the hardest part of the process. Once you’ve made that decision, we are here to make the rest of your journey easier. Become a part of the community at and you’ll find a wealth of resources at your fingertips. We can offer you rehab reviews, listings of local treatment centers, news and expert advice. Most importantly, you’ll find a warm, welcoming community committed to helping you find the best drug treatment centers available so that you can get better.

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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