Where are the top drug rehab centers?

If you suffer from an addiction to alcohol or drugs, the only way to get your life back on track is to overcome the addiction and learn how to cope with your cravings. To give yourself the best chance of recovery, you need to enroll in a treatment program at a qualified addiction treatment facility. However, with so many facilities available, it can be difficult to find the right place. To start your search, it helps to consider some of the most successful rehab facilities. 

What makes a facility successful?

There are several different ways to measure the success of a rehab facility. Some of the factors to consider include:

Success Rate

A treatment facility's success rate tells you what percentage of people treated at the facility overcome their addictions successfully. It is typically expressed as a percentage. For example, a treatment success rate of 85 percent means that 85 out of 100 people treated at the facility have completed the program successfully.

Amenities

The amenities at various rehab centers can vary significantly. While some facilities may require patients to share small rooms and bathrooms, others may offer private suites and gourmet meals.

Location

Some of the less luxurious treatment facilities are located in smaller, older buildings in heavily populated areas. On the other hand, some of the better facilities feature state-of-the-art architecture, beautifully-landscaped lots and plenty of outdoor space for recreational activities. Likewise, some facilities are simply located in nicer towns or cities than others.

Treatment Options

Not all facilities offer the same treatment options. While some facilities offer basic programs that are the same for every patient, others allow patients to design treatment programs based on their individual needs and preferences. Likewise, some facilities offer supportive services to help patient ease into and out of therapy, such as detox programs and/or sober housing.

Where are the best facilities?

You can find good facilities in every state. However, the best facilities are typically found near larger cities, such as Los Angeles, CA or Tampa, FL. You can also find some of the top facilities in areas known for their beauty and luxury, such as Malibu. To find the best facilities, simply spend some time researching online. As you compare facilities, be sure to consider the characteristics that are most important to you. You can learn about different facilities by reviewing their websites and/or reading review written by previous patients.

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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