Where are the top drug rehabs?

You can find a variety of drug treatment centers all across the United States. However, not all of these facilities will provide you with the same quality of treatment. However, if you are planning to enter substance abuse treatment, you will want to know that the center you choose offers effective treatment services.

To ensure that you have the best chance of recovery, you should compare your options carefully. As you consider different treatment facilities, you may wonder which of these centers are considered the top drug rehabs.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Treatment Programs

When evaluating the effectiveness of treatment programs, you can consider several different factors, including:

Services Offered

Addiction treatment facilities offer different services. For example, some facilities may treat only those patients who suffer from alcohol dependence, while other facilities may treat people with addictions to prescription medication as well. Likewise, some facilities offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment, while others offer only one type of service.

Program Reputation

Some programs have a better reputation among past patients than others do. To find out about a given facility's reputation, simply read rehab reviews published online. If possible, look for rehab reviews published by third-party websites in order to reduce bias.

Success Rate

A program's success rate can tell you a great deal about its effectiveness. Programs with higher recovery rates tend to be more effective than programs with lower recovery rates. Many facilities publish their recovery rates on their websites.


Addiction treatment program costs vary considerably. Likewise, some programs accept insurance plans, while others do not. Furthermore, some programs may also offer payment programs for patients who cannot afford to pay their bills upfront.

Determining the Top Rehabs

The top drug rehabs will vary based on the characteristics you consider. For example, the most affordable rehab will not necessarily have the highest success rate. Likewise, the rehab that offers the most services may not have the best reputation. Thus, before you can decide which are the top drug rehab centers, you will need to determine which characteristics are most important to you. Next, you can compare facilities based on the characteristics you have chosen.

Keep in mind that many of the best drug rehab centers are located in large cities, such as Los Angeles. However, even if you cannot enroll in a program at one of these facilities, you can still find quality centers near 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