What is the Best Drug Rehab Center?

An addiction to drugs or alcohol has the power to ruin your life. It can affect your career, your relationships and your reputation. To overcome an addiction, professional treatment is often required. However, with so many different addiction treatment facilities to choose from, many potential patients become overwhelmed by the number of options.

As you consider different facilities, you may wonder which is the best drug rehab center. Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer.

Evaluating the Success of Rehab Facilities

Before you can identify the best drug rehab center, you must first decide how you will evaluate the facilities. Some of the characteristics that can be used include:


A facilities reputation provides you with a great deal of insight. Facilities that have good reputations tend to provide better service and more effective treatment, while facilities with poor reputations may not. To learn about a facility's reputation, look for rehab reviews written by past patients and authorities within the field of addiction treatment.

Success Rates

Another important factor is a facility's success rate. This rate tells you how many of the facility's patients actually recover from their addictions after completing the facility's program. In most cases, this rate is expressed as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the more people the facility was able to help.


Some treatment centers are more affordable than others. Likewise, while some treatment centers are willing to work with insurance companies and/or accept payments made in installments, others demand the full cost of treatment upfront.


The services provided by rehab facilities often set them apart. While some facilities provide detox, addiction treatment, sober living and other services designed to help patients before and after treatment, other facilities provide only the most basic addiction treatment programs.


The accommodations and amenities provided by different rehab facilities vary considerably. Some rehab facilities provide patients with gourmet food, well-appointed private rooms, recreational facilities and more. On the other hand, some facilities offer basic accommodations or even require patients to share rooms.

Choosing a Facility

As you consider the characteristics above, keep in mind that some are interconnected. For example, the most comfortable, luxurious facilities that offer the most services and have the best rehab reviews tend to cost more than those with fewer amenities and lower success rates. Thus, it is important to consider your priorities when deciding which rehab facility is best for you.

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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