Where to find the top addiction treatment centers

Addiction treatment centers are available all across the country and even around the world. However, not all of these facilities offer the same quality of treatment. If you are planning to enter a treatment program, you may be interested in learning about the top addiction recovery centers in your area.

Evaluating Treatment Programs

You can rank treatment programs based on a number of different criteria. Some of these criteria include:

Recovery Rates

A facility's recovery rate tells you a lot about the effectiveness of its programs. Facilities with higher recovery rates tend to be better than those with lower recovery rates. Thus, you can rate different rehab facilities easily using this measurement. In most cases, recovery rates are expressed as a percentage. This percentage indicates the number of patients out of 100 who recovered after completing the program.


The reputation of treatment facilities is also important. If past patients were satisfied with their experience in the facility, you can feel more confident about the facility in general. To learn about a given facility's reputation, research the facility online and look for rehab reviews written by people who have completed the facility's program. If possible, try to find reviews published on third-party, unbiased websites.


The services offered by different facilities can vary considerably. For example, while some facilities offer detox and sober living, others offer only basic treatment programs. Likewise, some facilities may allow you to customize your treatment program, while others may require all patients to participate in the same program.


Many of the best treatment centers offer luxurious amenities, such as well-appointed rooms, gourmet food and recreational facilities. Comparing these amenities is another way to rank facilities and determine which rehabs in your area are best.

Choosing a Treatment Center

Before you select a treatment center, you should first figure out which of the characteristics above are most important to you. Next, you can compare the facilities in your area and decide which of these centers is best. In some cases, you may not be able to find a facility close to home that meets your requirements. However, you may be able to find a good rehab center in a nearby city. Keep in mind that traveling far from home may raise the overall cost of treatment somewhat. Nonetheless, you must make your recovery the top priority.

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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