What is the best detox?

Whether you are addicted to alcohol, prescription medication or an illegal drug, detoxification is the first step in overcoming your condition. During detox, you will eliminate the addictive substance from your body so that you can begin the recovery process as a sober individual. Detoxification centers are available all across the United States and even in other parts of the world. As you compare your options and look for the best detox center, consider the following issues.

1. Location makes a difference.

Some patients may prefer to choose the best detox center close to home, while others may prefer a treatment center in an exotic location. Both of these options have advantages and disadvantages. For example, although a detox center far from home offers privacy, it will be more difficult for your closest family and friends to visit.

2. Cost is an important factor. 

The cost of treatment programs at various detox centers vary. If you are on a budget, comparing costs is essential. Keep in mind that some of the best detox centers may accept insurance payments, which reduces your out-of-pocket expenses. Some detox centers also offer payment plans that allow you to pay your portion of the bill over time.

3. You can learn a lot from success rates and rehab reviews.

A detox center's success rate, which is usually expressed as a percentage, tells you what portion of patients were able to complete the program successfully. The best detox centers are typically those that have the highest success rates. Likewise, rehab reviews written by past patients provide you with insight into how the program at a given facility works.

4. Services vary by facility.

Different facilities structure their detoxification programs differently. While some facilities provide patients with medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms, others do not. Likewise, while some of the best detox centers offer excellent cuisine and high-end accommodations, others offer only basic amenities.

5. You may have to compromise.

In some cases, you may not be able to find an affordable detox program that meets all of your expectations. If this occurs, the best detox program is the one that meets the requirements that matter most to you.  For example, if you prefer a private room but the best detox center in your area offers only shared rooms, you may need to travel for treatment or agree to share your room with other patients.

Free Weekly Newsletter
Please check your email to confirm sign up. Thank you!

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