Where to find the top depression treatment centers?

Depression is a serious, debilitating condition that affects people all over the world. When you suffer from this condition, you may find that you are unable to be productive, enjoy hobbies or even perform basic self-care tasks on a daily basis. In the worst cases, depression can even lead to suicide. Thus, if you are struggling with depression, getting the right treatment is essential.

Some people can manage their depression through medication and/or outpatient therapy. However, others need to seek more intensive treatment at a facility designed to deal with severe cases of depression. If you are in need of treatment, consult the information below to find the top depression treatment centers in your area.

Measuring the Success of a Facility

Before you can identify the top depression treatment centers, you need to take some time to figure out which characteristics are most important to you. Some of the characteristics you may consider include:

  • Success rates. - A depression treatment center's success rate tells you the percentage of people who recover from depression with the help of the facility's treatment program.
  • Treatment options. - While some facilities treat depression by itself, others offer dual-diagnosis treatment options for patients who also struggle with substance abuse. Mental problems and substance abuse often appear as co-occuring disorders, which means that they affect the patient at the same time and are interconnected. Dual-diagnosis treatment addresses both of these issues simultaneously in order to get to the root of the problem. 
  • Amenities. - If you will be entering a residential treatment program, amenities are also an important consideration. Different facilities offer different qualities of accommodations, food and recreational activities.
  • Location. - Depression treatment centers are available all across the country. Some may be in better locations than others.
  • Affordability. - Different facilities impose different charges for their services. Likewise, the insurance policies accepted and payment plans offered will also differ.
  • Popularity. - Some facilities are more popular among past patients than others. To learn about a facility's popularity and reputation, read rehab reviews written by people who have completed the facility's program in the past.

To choose the facility that is best for you, begin by choosing the characteristics that matter most to you. Next, look for a facility that exceeds in the areas you have chosen. Keep in mind that, if you cannot find a facility in your area that offers the services you need, you may be able to travel to another location for treatment. However, this may raise the overall cost of your treatment.


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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