What are the best drug and alcohol treatment facilities?

When you realize that you need treatment for your drug addiction or alcohol dependence, you sometimes do not know where to start. This is a common problem. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that only about 10 percent of people who need help for addiction get it at a specialized facility. This guide shows you how to identify what you need, and find the best drug and alcohol treatment facilities for your needs.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient

There are many different types of treatment programs available for you, depending on what you personally need. The most obvious distinction is between inpatient and outpatient facilities. With outpatient treatment, you may attend sessions with a therapist or group activities while you continue to live at home. In an inpatient rehabilitation facility, you live in the facility for a short time while you get an opportunity to detoxify and also focus intensely on your recovery.

Factors to Consider

Each facility runs treatment in a different way. You will need to look at the following factors before you make your decision:

  • treatment plans
  • program duration
  • location
  • cost

Inpatient rehab programs can be quite expensive, so you should make sure that you could cover what your insurance does not. You should also investigate the average length of the program, and what services the facility offers for you once you are discharged. Finally, take a look at the center’s treatment philosophy, to get a sense of whether or not you can stick with it.

Making a Decision

The decision to go to a particular rehab center is highly personal. The best treatment facilities will provide you with personal care, counseling, detoxification and other medical services as needed. For centers that meet these criteria, you can search online and read reviews of the different facilities from others who have been there. Be sure to note any concerns presented in the reviews, and consider asking the facility how they address these problems. This will give you a better idea of what to expect, and help you finalize your decision.

The determination to get free from addiction is one of the best resolutions you will ever make. By looking at all of your options, you will find a treatment facility that will help you on your way to freedom.

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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