How to find the best private drug treatment centers

Addiction is a difficult illness to overcome. With the right treatment, however, you can get your life back on track and improve your health. Unfortunately, many people who struggle with this condition are hesitant to enroll in a drug rehab because they don't want to deal with embarrassment and inconvenience that often comes with inpatient treatment programs.

Private drug treatment centers can make the treatment process much less overwhelming. With your own room and plenty of time to yourself, you can focus on your recovery. You can also count on the discretion of the staff when it comes to sharing information about your condition with others. To find a high-quality private drug rehab center in your area, follow these tips.

1. Search online.

Perhaps the easiest way to find different drug treatment centers is to search for them online. Once you have identified the various options in your area, write them all down so that you can compare them and make the best choice.

2. Compare the facilities carefully.

As you review your options, be sure to consider all of these characteristics:

  • Location - Is the facility close to your home? Will you need to travel? What is the scenery like? The answers to these questions will help you make the right decision.
  • Price and Payment - The price of a private drug rehab will typically be higher than the price of a standard facility. However, some private rehabs will still be more affordable than others. Likewise, some facilities may require cash pay upfront, while others may allow or prefer other payment methods. 
  • Services - Some private facilities offer better or more comprehensive services than others. For example, while some provide detox and support for program graduates, others do not.
  • Accommodations - All private rehabs will provide patients with private rooms, but some may be more comfortable than others.
  • Amenities - Many private rehabs offer luxurious amenities, such as swimming pools, fitness centers, good food and more. However, these offerings will vary by facility. 
  • Recovery Rates - The recovery rates of private rehab programs vary. In general, it is best to select a private rehab with a higher recovery rate.

3. Use your priorities to guide your decision.

Ideally, it's best to select a facility that excels in all areas. However, this may not be possible. To make the choice that is best for you, simply consider your priorities and choose a facility with the characteristics you value most.




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Rating: 5 stars
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$40,000/30 days (45 day minimum)

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Rating: 5 stars
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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

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Rating: 4.5 stars
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Rating: 4.5 stars
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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
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$49,000 flat rate