How to find the best rehabilitation centers

Drug addiction is a problem that needs treating. In the United States, 23.5 million adults required treatment for drug or alcohol abuse in 2009, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. When you consider the best treatment facilities for your addiction problem, make a list of your needs, ask your doctor for recommendations, and read online rehab reviews before you make a decision.

Things to Consider

Before you look at rehab centers, you need to consider some factors that affect you personally. For example, you might want a rehab center that is close to you, or you could prefer one that is far away from family and friends to give you time to get back to health on your own. You should also think about the cost you should expect to pay. Many insurance plans will cover addiction therapy, but not all provide coverage for inpatient drug rehabilitation. You will likely be expected to pay at least a small percentage of your treatment, which could be thousands of dollars.

Doctor Recommendations

Once you know your options, you should ask your doctor for a recommendation. Discuss with your doctor your needs for alcohol treatment and talk about your preference for an inpatient rehab center or outpatient treatment facility. Your doctor will make a few recommendations that are in your area, and s/he may have pamphlets to look at for each of them. With this information, you can start to finalize the decision-making process.

Online Reviews

You can find online reviews for virtually any of the best rehabilitation centers. When you read rehab reviews, be sure to look at a few factors, including:

  • cost
  • location
  • common activities
  • treatment plans

The best treatment option for you is one that you will stick with, so be sure to be a little selfish about your preferences. If a center seems like it does not fit with your personal philosophy on alcohol treatment, consider another choice. You can find a rehab center that will get you going on the right path, no matter where you are when you start.

Finding effective alcohol and drug treatment requires research. With a little work, you will locate a facility that will treat you with respect and give you a second chance at a better life.

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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