How to Find the Top Rehabs

If you need inpatient addiction treatment for drug or alcohol dependence and have the option of choosing your own residential treatment center, it's important to weigh your options so you make the best choice for your situation and for yourself. Finding the top rehabs will give you the opportunity to make an informed choice among some of the best facilities.

Flexible Programs

Look for rehabs that offer flexibility in programs. A 30-day program for alcohol dependence, for example, might provide a needed boost to get out from under addiction, but if you know you may be in danger of relapse after a shorter program, you may be better off with a 60-day or 90-day program. Longer programs may be more appropriate for certain types of addiction, as well.

Professional Staff

Read about the people working at the treatment center, and ensure they have expertise specifically with addition, not just general health care. Ideally they should have knowledge and experience about the particular addiction you're seeking to overcome. The facility staff should include a highly qualified medical practitioner and at least one psychologist.

Read Testimonials

Study the success level of facilities you're considering. Read rehab reviews and testimonials from other people and learn the techniques that are used in addiction treatment. If a disturbing percentage of people report having relapsed shortly after being released from a program, the facility would not be a good choice.

Make Personal Visits

Before you commit to a rehab center, ideally you should narrow the field down to several centers and pay a visit to each one so you can get a sense of the atmosphere of the facility and how it feels to be a part of that. If in-person visits is not possible, try to arrange a telephone call or Skype interview so you can have a personal conversation with at least one representative. Since you'll be committing to addiction treatment for at least a month in the facility, it's important to ensure it will be a good fit.

Close to Home, or Far?

Searching for top rehabs also involves geographical considerations. Do you want a treatment center close to home for convenience and comfort, or do you want the privacy of a facility that's farther away? If you have the option to make that choice, opt for whatever works best for you, but be sure your choice is based on quality as well as distance.

Whatever treatment center you choose, seeking help is the first step toward taking back your 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