Where are the best rehabs?

Addiction treatment facilities are available all across the United States. However, the quality of treatment at these facilities can vary considerably. Nonetheless, if you are planning to begin a substance abuse treatment program, you need to know that you are choosing a rehab center with an effective program.

To give yourself the best possible chance of recovery, you need to compare all of the available rehab centers carefully. As you review your options, you may wonder which of these facilities are considered the best rehabs.

Measuring the Quality of Rehab Programs

To evaluate the effectiveness of a rehab program, you may consider multiple characteristics. Some of these characteristics include:

Success Rate

The success rate of a facility is typically expressed as a percentage. This percentage tells you what portion of past patients recovered successfully after completing the program. The higher the success rate, the more effective the facility's program will be.

Program Reputation

A facility's reputation among past patients can tell you a lot about the quality of the center's services. One of the best ways to find out about a facility's reputation is to read rehab reviews published online.


The cost of addiction recovery programs can vary considerably. Likewise, while some addiction facilities accept insurance plans, others may not.


The amenities offered by a facility, including housing, food and recreational activities, may also vary. If you are interested in luxurious amenities, look for a facility that offers higher-quality accommodations.

Services Offered

The services offered at addiction treatment facilities will vary. For example, while some rehab centers offer only basic rehab services, others may offer detox, holistic treatment options, sober living and more. Likewise, while some facilities offer family therapy and group discussion, others provide only one-on-one treatment.

Finding the Best Rehab

When trying to find the best rehab for you, you must first decide which of the characteristics above are the most important to you. Next, you can narrow down your options based on these characteristics. Keep in mind that many of the best rehabilitation centers are found near larger cities or in remote, resort-like locations. If you choose one of these facilities, you may be required to travel, which will increase the cost of treatment. However, regardless of your situation, your recovery has to be your number one priority. Thus, you should choose the facility that will give you the best chance of recovering completely, even if it requires travel.

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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