How to find the best treatment for alcoholism

Alcoholism is an incredibly common condition. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that one in four American adults engaged in binge drinking in the past month. If you want help for your drinking problem, you are hardly alone. This guide will help you find the best treatment for alcoholism for you.

Programs Available

Since alcoholism is such a common condition, there are many different programs available for you to use for treatment. Each has its own benefits, so you need to evaluate which one is right for you. You can choose from outpatient therapy, inpatient rehab and some private rehab facilities. You do not have to go to inpatient rehab in order to get clean. Many people are able to break free of alcohol dependence with help from a few sessions with a therapist.

Important Factors

Before you select a treatment center, you have a few factors you should consider first, including:

  • Cost
  • Location
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Treatment Philosophy

Your insurance may cover part or all of your treatment, but it might also limit the options you have. You could select a center that is close to your home for convenience, or opt for an inpatient rehab center farther away to give you some private time to reflect. Check out each center’s treatment philosophy, since they can vary widely. Some centers take a religious perspective to helping you with your drinking problem, while others focus strictly on the medical problems related to alcoholism.

Online Searches and Recommendations

Your doctor may recommend a particular treatment center that should meet most of your needs. You can also search online for rehab centers near you. Be sure to read detailed descriptions of each facility before you make a final decision. Look through the reviews to see what kind of experience you can expect when you go there. The best treatment for alcoholism will take your needs into consideration and give you a supportive atmosphere as you address your withdrawal symptoms and create a plan forward without alcohol dependence.

Each day that you can make it without drinking is a win. All you have to do is find the right kind of treatment for you, consider facilities that work for your needs and make sure that they will provide you with excellent care.

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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