What Are the Top Rehabilitation Centers?


If you're struggling with a drinking problem or drug dependency -- or if someone you love is waging that battle -- then it's critical to seek help immediately. While out of control substance abuse can have terrible effects, there are a variety of effective treatments available to help you regain control over your life.

Once you've made the courageous decision to acknowledge that you need help, the next step on the road to getting better is choosing the rehabilitation center and treatment approach that best suits your needs.

How to find the treatment that works best for you

Choosing a treatment path is a decision that should be made with the utmost care and concern. In order to maximize your odds of success, you should explore the relative merits of all the options available. Some of the most common approaches include:

  • Medical detox
  • Inpatient therapy
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Group or solo counseling
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Residential rehab

The best choice for you depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of your problem, your work and family obligations and your own personal preferences.

Finding the top rehabilitation centers

Rehabilitation centers can vary fairly dramatically in what they offer to patients -- that diversity is a good thing, because what works for you might not work at all for someone else. Some of the differences to be found among rehabilitation centers include:

  • The setting (urban, rural, resort-like facilities, medical-style facilities etc.)
  • The overall treatment philosophy 
  • The level of amenities offered
  • The cost

Online research is one of the most efficient ways to compile a list of the top rehabilitation centers in your area. You can read rehab reviews or other feedback posted online for a closer look at each facility you consider.

If you need additional help, you can always ask a physician or a counselor for a referral, or for general guidance about where to go. It's also important to review your insurance coverage before scheduling services. Many plans vary considerably with regard to the type of treatment covered, and the length of any potential rehabilitation center stay.

The next step

If you need help with a drinking problem or drug use, we urge you to seek assistance immediately. By picking up the phone today, you're getting one step closer to recovering what addiction has taken away.

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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