How to Find the Best Rehab Centers

With so many people doing their best to recover from addictions to alcohol or drugs, rehabs are popping up everywhere. However, some of these facilities are better at what they do than others are.

If you are on the road to recovery, you need to find the best rehab center possible to maximize your chances of achieving sobriety. Use the guidelines below to evaluate your options and find the best rehab center for you.

1. The facility's services.

Some facilities specialize in treating certain types of addiction. In addition, some facilities offer more comprehensive treatment programs than others do. Make sure that the rehab center you select is not only equipped to handle your specific addiction, but also offers all of the services you will need. For example, if you are worried about withdrawal symptoms during detoxification, choose a facility that provides medically-supervised painless detox services.

2. The cost and payment options.

All facilities impose different charges for their addiction treatment services. Likewise, while some facilities are happy to accept payments from your insurance provider, others are not. Be sure that the facility you choose will be affordable for you. Keep in mind that some facilities may require you to pay your portion of the bill at the time of admission. Ask about this policy before you enroll.

3. The facility's reputation.

After they have been established for a while, all rehab centers build a reputation among past patients, medical professionals and the community. Learning about different facilities' reputations will help you to make the right choice when you select a treatment program. To find out about a facility, ask around or read rehab reviews published online. In general, you should look for rehab reviews that were published by third parties, rather than by the facility itself.

4. The facility's effectiveness.

One of the most important characteristics to consider when looking for the best rehab centers is the effectiveness of each facility's program. The more effective the program, the easier it will be for you to overcome your addiction to drugs or alcohol. To learn about a facility's effectiveness, search for success rates on the facility's website. If the information is not readily available, you can also call the facility directly to inquire. Most of these rates will be expressed as a percentage. For example, a success rate of 70 percent tells you that 70 out of 100 patients recover.


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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