The “Chosen Dozen” – Twelve (12) of the Very Best Inpatient Drug Rehab Centers in the United States (U.S.) – 2021

Dr. Brittany Ferri PhD

This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Brittany Ferri PhD
Written by Drew Davis

With so many drug rehab programs in the United States, it can be challenging to determine the best ones. We felt a comprehensive list would help people unfamiliar with the mental health and addiction treatment industry. We did our homework and came up with 12 renowned residential treatment centers. Though there are other good facilities out there, we stand by these recommendations. Many of these are nonprofit organizations, which is a significant criterion in our opinion. When an organization is nonprofit, its motivation is not money. Instead, they are more focused on their patients experiencing successful outcomes and receiving quality treatment. 

We feel that certain hallmarks make a facility better than the rest. For this reason, we’ve outlined specific criteria that we used to compile this list:

  • Accreditation Status (whether or not the organization is accredited by governing bodies who hold them to specific regulations and standards)
  • In-Network Insurance (this indicates the affordability of the facility)
  • Evidence-Based (the quality and reliability of the care provided at the facility)
  • Quality of Clinical Staff (the reputation and educational background of staff who provide the care)
  • State-of-the-Art (this refers to whether or not the facility uses modern and innovative scientific advances when caring for patients)
  • Individualized Plans (how personalized and client-centered treatments are according to the needs of each specific patient’s medical and mental health needs)
  • Success Rate (this is identified by following up with patients to determine how many have sustained recovery after they left the facility)
  • Ability to Address Co-Occurring Disorders (whether or not patients are getting treatment for all of their conditions as opposed to only the one they came to treatment for)
  • Nonprofit (this indicates whether or not the organization is for the benefit of the public and not intended to gain a profit for its owners like traditional businesses)
  • Longevity (how long the facility has been in operation)
  • 12-step Based (this indicates that the facility uses the principles of the 12-step program to assist with recovery)
  • Good Reviews (this refers to the positive feedback that the organization has received from patients who have received care there)

Choosing a rehabilitation facility should be a thought-out process since the affected person’s life, and well-being is on the line. Each facility’s contact information is there for your convenience, including location, phone number, and website. 

These organizations were chosen based on research, industry reputation, and the other criteria listed above. Each of these rehab facilities has a well-rounded, respected program. Their success ratings are also well above the industry average. Here is an alphabetical list of the facilities we chose:

Facility – LocationPhone
Alo House – Malibu, CA866-337-6233
Ashley – Havre De Grace, MD800-799-4673
Caron – Wernersville, PA800-854-0023
Cottonwood – Tucson, AZ888-433-1069
Cumberland Heights – Nashville, TN866-373-2946
Harmony – Estes Park, CO970-340-2228
Hazelden – Center City, MN844-481-8828
Meadows – Wickenburg, AZ877-800-5810
Pavilion – Mill Spring, NC800-392-4808
Rosecrance – Rockford, IL844-711-5106
Sierra Tucson – Tucson AZ520-825-2967
Sundown Ranch – Yakima, WA800-326-7444

Addiction and alcoholism are mental health conditions that require comprehensive and long-term care. The only way to overcome addiction is to uncover the root problem and treat it appropriately.

The vast majority of individuals living with substance and alcohol use disorders also have other conditions. When a person has a substance use disorder in addition to a psychiatric disorder, it is called a co-occurring disease. Therefore, we recommend programs with a robust co-occurring treatment program. The 12-step framework originated from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and has been the industry’s philosophical standard for over fifty years. Most programs subscribe to AA’s 12-step model, but this does not always work for everyone. For example, if someone is an atheist or agnostic, a 12-step format may not be of interest to them due to its spiritual component. One facility listed above does offer a secular, therapy-based model that serves as an alternative to the traditional 12-step program. Regardless of what option someone ends up with, it is essential to work with a facility that works closely with the patient to develop a plan for their unique needs.

Disclaimer: We do not receive any compensation from the places on this list.