How to find an outpatient rehab

Plenty of people need rehabilitation for their addiction to drugs, alcohol, nicotine and other substances. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse notes that 40 million Americans meet criteria for addiction. Clearly, not all of these people are going to inpatient rehabilitation centers every year. Millions of people rely on outpatient rehab options to help them stop their dependence and learn coping mechanisms to avoid getting addicted again.

Why Outpatient Rehab?

Inpatient rehab is neither necessary nor appropriate for every person. Many people need to find a way to manage their addictions without taking a lot of time away from work or family. These are the people that outpatient rehab was designed for. If you:

  • have not been addicted for several years
  • have a lot of support from family and friends
  • do not expect a difficult withdrawal
  • cannot afford inpatient rehab

then outpatient rehab might be the right choice for you.


The first person to ask is your doctor. Make an appointment to get a thorough checkup and discuss your concerns about addiction. Your doctor will be able to make recommendations to clinics where you can receive professional treatment from a qualified therapist. Be sure to contact your health insurance to see what services are covered, and how much you might be expected to pay out of pocket. Many clinics offer access to meetings, classes and support groups where you can talk with people going through the same experience and share insights into ways to cope with withdrawal or the pressure to use again.

Outpatient Rehab Reviews

Once you have a couple of places to check out, you can go online to get a sense for how others view outpatient rehab centers in your area. Rehabitation is a very different experience for each person, so you want to read several reviews of each location. Take a moment to research the approaches that each center takes to therapy, withdrawal, peer support and more. That way, you will have a better idea which clinic or center will be right for you.

Making a decision about inpatient or outpatient rehab is never an easy one. However, by visiting your doctor and doing some research, you will find an outpatient center that will provide you with the rehabilitation you need to stay healthy for years to come.

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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