How to Find the Best Rehab Center

If you are addicted to prescription medication, alcohol, or drugs, you need to go to rehab. The question is, how do you find the best rehab center for you? The first thing you need to do is determine what you would personally prefer in such a facility. It will be easier for you to recover if you are in an environment that makes you comfortable in as many ways as it can. There will always be some discomfort associated with rehab, but the facility you choose in which to do it can make a big difference in the outcome of the experience for you.

Decide if outpatient or inpatient care would be better for you needs. Then, consider if traditional rehab, non-traditional rehab with alternative therapies, or a mix of both would be most beneficial for you. Do you need a place that does detox on site, or is that something you can do on your own before going to rehab? Also consider whether your insurance will cover your stay at the facility you most prefer. If it will only pay for part of it or won't cover it because it is out of network, do you have the funds necessary to pay for it yourself, or the resources to get the money easily?

Once you have determined your unique needs in a rehab facility, start looking for the nearest one to you. Look in your local phone book, check online, or ask your psychologist or psychiatrist for recommendations. Read reviews of various facilities online and learn what other people thought of the places you are considering staying. See if their website has photos of what the rooms and the rest of the facility looks like. If you can arrange it, try to go there in person and take a tour.

If you decide to take a tour in person, talk to the administrators, counselors, and other people in charge to get an idea of what your experience would be like there. Remember to never settle for less when you are looking for the best rehab center for you. Your sobriety from alcohol and/or drugs is at stake, so you want to be sure to get a facility where you know you will be able to do the work you need to get better. Invest the time into finding the most suitable rehab center for alcohol or drug treatment for you. You will be glad you did.

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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.
$30,000/mo.

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
$190/day

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
$140,000/month

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