Published May 17, 2019
When it comes to finding the best addiction treatment, needs can vary drastically from person to person. That means it’s virtually impossible to create a one-size-fits-all list of the best rehabilitation centers in the world. Still, wherever they’re located, most successful rehab programs share a number of traits in common, including excellent facilities, effective treatment options and experienced, specialized staff. One way to make sure you’re choosing the right rehab is to decide which of these qualities is most important to you. Here are some of our top picks for the best luxury rehabs out there, based on the areas they excel in most.
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Evidence-based rehab programs stand out because of their strong emphasis on treatment options backed by top-quality studies and years of research. While other approaches to rehab can and do provide important advantages, addiction experts often regard programs in this category as a gold standard for effective care.
McLean Fernside (Princeton, Massachusetts) and McLean Borden Cottage (Camden, Maine): McLean Fernside and McLean Borden Cottage are both operated by Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, ranked by US News and World Report as the best psychiatric hospital in America. Fernside and Borden Cottage specialize in treating people who’ve already participated in a rehab program, but who face ongoing challenges such as relapses or mixed feelings about the lifestyle changes required to support their long-term sobriety.
“McLean Hospital is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School… so we’re fully a part of that system, which means that when we approach a problem like addiction or like depression, we’re approaching it with that same high level of evidence-based proven methodology that you would expect if you went to get surgery or cardiology treatment at a major academic center,” says Rocco A. Iannucci, MD, McLean Fernside’s Director.
Individualized rehab is prized for its ability to focus on the unique needs of each person recovering from drug or alcohol problems. Such a targeted approach often increases the odds that treatment will prove effective and set participants on the path to a sustainable, substance-free lifestyle.
Paracelsus Recovery (Zurich, Switzerland): Paracelsus Recovery is perhaps the ultimate example of an individualized care facility. This program accepts only a single person at a time and sets out to maximize the potential of customized treatment. While participating in the program, each client resides in a lakefront penthouse and receives access to a range of personal, luxury services. Treatment takes place in this relaxing environment rather than at a separate facility. Kusnacht Practice is a somewhat larger operation, but follows a similar model, and is also located in Switzerland.
The Lighthouse Bali (Bali, Indonesia): The Lighthouse provides individualized care in a tropical setting, with treatment principles based in a Balinese philosophy known as Tri Hata Karana. This unique philosophy places an emphasis on creating harmonious relationships in three areas: with other people, with the natural world and with the spirit or higher power. All of this comes with a high level of expertise in clinical substance abuse treatment.
Sanctuary Byron Bay (Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia): Sanctuary Byron Bay was one of the first luxury treatment centers in the world to specialize in one-on-one care. Each client receives detailed attention from a staff of multi-disciplinary therapists, who meet frequently to coordinate their activities. Sanctuary also focuses on a holistic approach to treatment that draws from evidence-based traditional and complementary medicine.
Out of all segments of the world’s population, young men have the highest odds of developing serious drug or alcohol problems. Fortunately, when provided with effective treatment, men in their late teens and 20s also have an excellent chance of achieving and maintaining sobriety.
The Edge Rehab (Chiang Mai, Thailand): Programs at The Edge are custom-designed to meet the needs of this large, diverse group. The list of available options includes onsite family therapy, combined treatment for co-occurring addiction and physical/emotional trauma, and recovery-promoting activities such as Muay Thai boxing, wilderness outings and triathlon training.
There is a common perception that only the most exclusive rehab centers can provide you or your loved one with luxury accommodations. However, in reality, some of the best drug rehab centers in the world provide a luxurious setting while also keeping prices in a more affordable range.
White River Manor (Mpumalanga, South Africa): Located near South Africa’s Kruger National Park, White River is known for its combination of affordable pricing, five-star accommodations and expertise in both addiction treatment and general wellness. Programs available in this beautiful lodge setting include group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, mindfulness training, psychodynamics and music therapy. Clients also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in an African safari.
DARA Thailand (Koh Chang, Thailand): DARA has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best addiction treatment facilities in all of Asia. Its program combines an idyllic island setting with a proven track record for effectiveness. The staff at DARA are fluent in both English and Arabic, and they gear their efforts to meet the cultural and treatment-related needs of each client.
Exposure to abuse, violence or some other form of severe trauma is unusually common among people with drug or alcohol problems. In many cases, a history of this kind of exposure can alter the course of effective substance treatment. This means that access to trauma-informed care can be critical to the short- and long-term prospects for recovery.
The Guest House Ocala (Silver Springs, Florida): The Guest House designs all of its programs to meet the needs of people with a history of significant trauma exposure. Available, customizable treatment options include group and individual psychotherapy, somatic therapy, transformational breathwork, meditation, yoga, psychodrama, music therapy, art therapy and adventure-based therapy. The Guest House was co-founded by Judy Crane, one of America’s most highly regarded addiction and trauma specialists.
Preteens and teenagers who use drugs and alcohol have a higher chance of becoming addicted than their adult counterparts. In addition, they can develop symptoms that differ from those found in adults, and often respond best to different types of treatment. What’s more, preteen and teenage girls often face treatment issues specific to their gender. For all these reasons, adolescent care is often provided in dedicated rehab centers.
Newport Academy (Newport Beach, California): Newport Academy specializes in the treatment of adolescents ranging in age from 12 to 22. Programs are available for preteens and teens affected by drug or alcohol problems, as well as by depression, eating disorders, anxiety or various forms of trauma. Separate residential facilities are maintained for males and females.
Each rehabilitation program offers unique benefits – the key is to find one that works well for you. Still not sure which center is the best fit for your needs? You can search for luxury rehabs based on location, price, specialization, amenities, treatment philosophy and more here.