Best Drug Rehab Centers in the U.S.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, there are more than 14,500 drug and alcohol rehab treatment centers in the United States. So choosing the best addiction treatment center can be an extremely difficult decision. Although there is a certain sense of urgency involved, this should be a careful and well thought-out process. The affected person's life is on the line.

There are so many lists of rehabs online that claim to be legitimate. It can be difficult to know what is the truth. We have worked in the recovery industry for over 15 years we discovered the best rehab centers for treating addiction and alcoholism. Most treatment programs do a good job. Others are simply interested in the financial aspect than helping people

The 1o facilities list below all have outstanding staffs and track record. They all know how to successfully treat the disease of alcoholism and addiction.

10 Best Drug Rehab Centers in America

Our list is based on 20 years of experience in the drug alcohol rehab treatment industry. Each has their own set of outstanding qualities and attributes including the level of their staff and state of the art quality of their individualized treatment programs. These 10 treatment centers were chosen based on in-depth research, industry reputation, and speaking with some graduates. Each has an outstanding, well-rounded program. Each is unique and offers their own unique qualities and standards of excellence. Some have been in the industry for a long time, others bring a modern, fresh approach. There are other good rehab centers in the country besides these 10. We stand behind these as our "short-list". Choices we also made based on geographic location, so they were spread throughout the country as much as possible.

Geographic Location - Reviews

The best treatment centers are shown on the map. Click on any red marker or use the drop down menu in the upper left hand corner. The detail screens will have the website address listed as well as reviews and phone number. For website, reviews and other information, click the drop down menu in the upper left corner of the map, and click on the facility's listing.


Inspire Treatment Center

Rated -"Best All-Around Rehab"

top choice award Located in Malibu CA, Inspire Malibu is a modern, non 12-step drug & alcohol rehab treatment center. visit website


Cottonwood De Tucson

Rated - " Best Drug Rehab Program in Arizona"

Located in Tucson AZ, Cottonwood is a top drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for adolescents & adults. visit website


Harmony Foundation

Rated - "Best Treatment Center in Colorado"

Locate in Estes Park, CO, Harmony is a leading residential, drug & alcohol addiction treatment facility. visit website


Valley Hope

Rated - "Best Drug Rehab Center in Missouri"

Located in Boonville MO, Valley Hope offers a well-rounded, 12-step based drug rehab treatment program.visit website



Rated - "Best Rehabilitation in the Midwest"

top choice awardLocated in Center City MN, Hazelden has been saving lives from substance abuse for more than 60 years. visit website


Cumberland Heights

Rated - "Best Rehab Program in Tennessee"

Located Nashville TN, Cumberland Heights is a leading drug treatment program for adolescents & adults. visit website


Brighton Hospital

Rated - "Best Treatment Center in Michigan"

Located in Brighton MI, Brighton Hospital is a nationally-recognized alcohol and drug treatment facility. visit website


Willingway Hospital

Rated - "Best Rehabilitation Center in the South"

Located in Statesboro GA, Willingway is a nationally-recognized alcohol and drug addiction treatment hospital. visit website


Father Martin Ashley

Rated - "Best Rehab Center in the Maryland"

top choice awardLocated in Havre de Grace MD, Father Martin Ashley has been a leader in substance abuse treatment for 30 years. visit website


Silver Hill Hospital

Rated - "Best Psyche Rehab"

Silver Hill is a non-profit hospital treating psychiatric and drug & alcohol disorders since 1931. visit website


Choosing The Right Program

With over 14,000 treatment facilities out there, it is very difficult to know how to pick the right program. Calling and asking them is not the right path. They will always tell you they have the best program.

It boils down to gaining enough accurate information to make a good decision. The information can be gained here and by doing other research. Knowing the right questions to ask a program you contact is very important. Once you have the right information, making a good, well-informed choice is much easier.

Here are some guidelines to follow. In general, look for a program that is a "good fit". A good fit would be a program that seems to match up to the needs and preferences of the person going there. For example, say the person has been diagnosed with or seems to suffer from depression. In that case, you would look for a program that seems to have a strong "dual diagnosis" program. Dual diagnosis means someone who suffers from both a substance abuse and co-occurring psychological condition. Let's take another example, age and gender can be very important. Some programs have a "gender specific" component. So, if the person has had previous problems with the opposite sex, rehab is NOT the right place to address them, at least not at this level. They might be better off in a gender specific program. As far as age goes, some programs cater to younger clientele, so if the person going to rehab is an older adult they would probably be better off elsewhere. You get the idea.

The Standards of Excellence

  1. Evidence-Based Program
  2. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the most successful drug treatment programs use evidence-based practices. Scientific data has consistently shown facilities that use these methods have a better rate of success. Good, evidence-based treatment programs use some or all of the following types of methods and therapies;

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    Motivational Interviewing
    Twelve-Step Facilitation Therapy
    Contingency Management
    Community Reinforcement Approach
    Behavioral Family Therapies

  3. Medication Assisted Treatment
  4. Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) is the use of the proper medication, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a whole-patient approach to treating of substance use disorders. Research and various evidence has shown a combination of medication and behavioral therapies is the most successful approach.

  5. Treat Co-Occurring Disorders
  6. Co-occurring disorder is when someone has a substance abuse and psychological condition such as depression. Most facilities will claim they treat both. It is very important that they treat both correctly and are ok with using the proper medication (see above MAT). With integrated treatment, you address mental and substance use conditions at the same time.

  7. Regular 1 to 1 Therapy
  8. Treatment is all about therapy, group therapy and individual therapy. Good treatment centers provide plenty of both. The better rehabs provide more 1 to 1 therapy because that is when a healing relationship is formed, and deep psychological issues are addressed.

  9. Quality Licensed Staff
  10. The quality of the staff a critical factor. It comes down to a matter of economics. A clinical person with a Ph.D. costs a lot more that someone with a simple license to do treatment. A program with a highly credentialed staff understands and appreciates the importance of credentials and training.

  11. Individualized Treatment Plans
  12. Again, most places will claim they provide unique treatment plans based on the needs of the person. The more options and programs they have available, the more they can flexible with them. The question is how may different type of programs and therapies do they offer. The more programs, the better.

  13. Holistic Approach
  14. Holistic merely means treating the whole person, not just their substance abuse problem. Substance abuse does not happen in a "vacuum". Nowadays, modern medicine has come around to treating all aspects of a person's life. Eating healthy, exercise, social interaction are all part of living a clean, sober healthy lifestyle.

  15. Medical Disease Model
  16. The contemporary medical model says addiction to changes in the brain. The medical model takes into consideration addiction is the result of other biological, psychological or sociological entities.

  17. National Accreditation
  18. It is important a facility is accredited. There are 2 major accrediting associations. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare (JCAHO) and Commission on The Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

  19. Strong Aftercare
  20. A strong aftercare program includes regular follow-up to check on the patient's status in the 12 months after discharge. Aftercare should also provide a network of support of some kind so the client can reach out to other recovering people.


Ask Good Questions

Asking tough questions will tell you a lot about the quality of their program, and their intake staff. Your liable to learn a lot by putting them "on the spot".

  • what is your success rate?
  • are you nationally accredited?
  • what is your treatment philosophy?
  • do you treat co-occurring psyche issues?
  • what kind of follow up and aftercare is there?

Try to get as much information about each facility as you can, so that when you weigh the pros and cons you will have all information available to make a good decision. It is also a good idea to take some time and check out any reviews. This will help you to get a better understanding of the possible strengths and weaknesses of the program.

Personalized Treatment Plans

If the program doesn’t offer a personalized treatment plan, don’t even waste your time. Addictions are just symptoms of deeper more complicated problems. A "cookie cutter" approach doesn't cut it . The only way to overcome an addiction is to uncover what is really at the core of the problem, and work to address these issues. A one-size fits all approach will not take these individualized concerns into account.

Quality of the Staff

One thing that is often overlooked is the quality of the doctors and staff at the facility. A program is about as good as their staff. Ask about the staff's level of education and experience. A therapist should at least have a Master’s level degree in Behavioral Science and Social Work and the doctor should always be board certified in addiction medicine. Also, the ratio of patients to therapists should be low so that each therapist has the time and energy to provide quality counseling.

Co-occurring Mood Disorders

Most addicts and alcoholics have some other psychiatric condition too. When a person has both a substance abuse and psychiatric disorder, it is called a "co-occurring" condition. Good programs have the mechanism in place to accurately diagnosis these issues and the quality of staff to address them properly.

Other Contributing Factors

12 Step vs. Non 12 Step

The 12 Steps originated by Alcoholics Anonymous, have always been the "core" philosophical standard of the industry. Most programs subscribe to the AA 12 step philosophy. AA is a great program for staying clean and sober, after completing a program. The problem is it does not work for everyone. In fact, according to recent studies it does not work for the majority of people who try it. For some people however, this type of format is not appropriate. If someone is a confirmed atheist or agnostic, then a 12 step format might be a real deterrent. So, more and more facilities are offering a non 12 step alternative which use a strictly secular, therapy-based approach.

Faith Based

The vast majority of these faith-based facilities are Christian. For someone who is a devote Christian, for example, this might be a very good choice. If they have other serious problems, such as psychiatric disorders or an eating disorder, along with their substance alcohol abuse, it might not be such a good choice.


Wilderness programs generally cater to adolescents (under 18). They teach self confidence and self reliance and promote a connection with nature.

Gender Specific

For those concerned about fraternization and possible distractions of the opposite sex, gender specific programs are designed to cater to males or females only. In addition, if a person has a history of sexual problems, then a gender specific program would be recommended.


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