How to find the best rehab centers

If you suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you know that the condition can be debilitating. In order to overcome this condition and move on with your life, you need to seek professional treatment. However, many patients who are interested in enrolling in a treatment program find it hard to choose a facility. Follow the steps below to find the best rehab centers in your area.

1. Decide what type of rehab facility you want to attend.

A variety of different types of rehab centers exist. Some of your options include:

  • Private rehab centers
  • Luxury rehab centers
  • Executive rehab centers
  • Holistic rehab centers

Keep in mind that some of these types of drug rehabs may overlap. For example, some facilities qualify as both a luxury center and an executive center.

2. Search for your desired facility type in your area.

After you know what type of facility you want to attend, search online to find all of the options in your area. If you cannot find enough options close to home, consider branching out to other cities or states. However, keep in mind that travel expenses may raise the overall cost of your recovery.

3. Compare all of your options.

Once you have compiled a list of all of the options in your area, you can narrow them down by comparing facilities to one another. Some of the characteristics you should compare include:

  • Location - Is the facility close to your home, or will you need to travel? What is the scenery like? Will the weather be comfortable?
  • Cost - The cost of treatment can vary considerably. Be sure to find out about the price of your program, as well as the facilities' policies with regard to insurance and payment plans.
  • Reputation - You can learn about the reputations of different treatment centers by reading rehab reviews written by authorities in the field and/or past patients. Look for a facility that has a good reputation.
  • Effectiveness - The most effective facilities will have the highest recovery rates. You can typically find recovery rates published on each facility's website. However, if a recovery rate is not readily available, you can also call to inquire.
  • Services - Make sure the facility you choose has all of the services you need. For example, if you are nervous about experiencing withdrawal symptoms during detox, choose a facility with a medically-supervised detox program.
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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