What are the best alcohol rehab centers?

An addiction to alcohol is difficult to overcome on your own. Fortunately, effective programs are available to help you recover from this condition successfully and move on with your life. Below is some information to help you prepare for your program and find the best alcohol rehab centers in your area.

What is an Alcohol Rehab Center?

An alcohol rehab center is a facility that specializes in the treatment of addiction to alcohol. Some of these facilities may also treat other related conditions, such as drug abuse or mental illness. When you enroll in a program at an alcohol rehab center, your program may or may not require you to remain in the facility during therapy. Programs that require you to be admitted to the facility are known as "inpatient" programs.

Choosing a Facility

There are many different things to consider when choosing an alcohol rehab facility. Some of the most important considerations include:

  • Detoxification. - Before you can begin formal addiction treatment, you must stop using alcohol and allow it to leave your system completely. This is known as "detoxification," and it can cause uncomfortable symptoms. Some programs have medically-supervised detox programs to help you through this process, while others do not.
  • Length of the program. - Programs vary in length from as little as 30 days to several months. The best program length for you depends on the severity of your addiction, as well as other factors.
  • Cost of the program. - Alcohol rehab programs vary in cost. Likewise, some programs may be covered by your insurance plan, while others may not. Make sure you understand these policies before you agree to enroll in any facility's program.
  • Program effectiveness. - A program's effectiveness is typically measured by a recovery rate, which is a percentage of patients who have recovered after completing the program. The higher this rate, the more effective the program is believed to be.
  • Location. - Some programs are located in areas with beautiful scenery and nice weather, while others are not. However, the location of your program will also determine how far you must travel and whether your friends and family will be able to visit easily, so choose carefully.
  • Reputation. - An alcohol rehab's reputation tells you how other patients and medical professionals feel about the facility. You can learn about different facilities' reputations by researching them online.


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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)

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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

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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