How to Find the Best Inpatient Rehab Centers

Where you should go for inpatient addiction rehab depends on your needs. While you may want to get the best treatment possible, you may also only need a relative light touch or you may need a heavier helping hand.


Many factors go into determining the best type of rehab center for you. For instance, if you have an addiction to alcohol, you may be able to settle for a 30-day program. Someone who is addicted to a more powerful substance, or whose addiction to alcohol is crippling, however, may benefit from a longer program. Whatever length of program you choose, it's important to do the research into your options to decide what the best inpatient rehab centers are.

Read reviews

There are reviews for almost everything, and rehab treatment centers are no different. When choosing a rehab center, you should look for reviews and testimonials by former (or current) patients to determine the quality of the center, its staff, and its methods. If you find too many critical reviews, you may want to avoid throwing caution to the wind.

Professional Staff

A good treatment center is not worth much without a good staff behind it. The best inpatient rehab centers will have a trained medical practitioner and a psychologist who can help you with your problems. Staff who are trained to assist with alcohol and drug detox are also valuable.

In Area or Out of Area

If you have a job and/or a family, you may find it difficult to commit to an inpatient rehab center, even if it is the best one in the area. It can be even more difficult if you are having a hard time finding anything near you. You may have to go outside the area to find the best rehab centers. Look for amenities like gourmet food, upscale recreational activities and luxurious furnishings.

Investigate in person

Reading about an inpatient rehab center may be helpful, but actually checking it out is strongly advised. Being able to speak with the staff and investigate the quality of the facility is key, as you do not want to receive inpatient care in a facility that is not to your liking. It can also help you familiarize yourself with your environment so you do not experience culture shock when you admit yourself.

While inpatient care may seem like a daunting task, it is ultimately important to get help before it is too late.

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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