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Top 5 Drug Rehab States

A substance abuse problem can be detrimental to a person’s relationships, work, and daily life. With the right treatment, a person can overcome his or her problem and regain control over his or her life.

A residential or intensive outpatient program offers the best solution for overcoming drug or alcohol addiction. There are many considerations for finding the right addiction treatment center for each unique situation. The treatment program, the therapeutic approach, the cost, the reputation, and more all play a central role in how well a person will do in treatment. Location is also an important aspect to deciding which of the drug rehabilitation facilities is the right one for the circumstance.

When searching for a rehab for drug addiction for yourself or a loved one, you can look at this list of the top five drug rehab states to narrow down your location search. Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers (DTRC) has several locations throughout the country offering state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatment for addiction, mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. You can learn more by calling our Admissions team at (312) 300-6661.

How to Choose a Location

There are more than 14,500 specialized drug abuse centers throughout the country that provide counseling, behavioral therapy, case management, medication, and other treatment options to help with drug abuse or addiction. This means that you can probably find a drug addiction rehab facility almost anywhere you want. To decide upon the right location, the first question to ask is whether to stay near home or to go further away. You also want to consider whether to go to a center in an urban or rural environment. There are benefits to every location, you just have to decide on which will be the most beneficial for your situation.

Close to Home

There are pros and cons to choosing a treatment center close to home. It is often convenient and will not involve travel expenses, which can add on to the overall cost of treatment. Staying close to home also provides the option of enrolling in intensive outpatient care, either as part of a continuum of care or as the primary treatment program. Additionally, it provides the opportunity to remain in the care of a specific therapist after leaving the facility, if the therapist also has a private practice. However, there are also downsides to remaining close to home. When a person remains in the environment in which he or she had the problems, it can be harder to detach from the habits and behavior patterns leading to the addiction problem. It also makes it easier to impulsively decide to leave the program and return to their destructive conduct.

Get Far, Far Away

Because it can be really hard to get away from everything and learn to overcome their problem when they are near home, many people prefer to go to a facility far away. This gives people the opportunity to truly detach from the problematic behavior patterns, friendships, and other traps that keep them abusing drugs. By taking the time to really focus on helping themselves without the ability to easily get home and see their friends, they can truly tackle their problem. However, some people prefer to go through treatment while also having to deal with these problems, in order to learn how to handle triggers and stress when they leave the facility, which they can do better by being close to home. Although it is often recommended to go to a facility away from a person’s home, either option can provide the necessary care to overcome a problem.

Urban versus Rural Location

For some people, being in an urban environment is the best option for treatment. They might be away from home and their personal triggers, but they are still surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a city. The environment feels similar to their home life, providing them with the confidence that they can continue their recovery once they remain home.

However, many people entering treatment find getting away from an urban environment and returning to nature is a way to provide an extra layer of relaxation and serenity that facilitates recovery. Many studies have shown the health benefits of connecting with nature, whether it is in the mountains or desert, surrounded by a forest, by a lake, or next to the ocean. These health benefits can enhance the treatment program and facilitate the healing process.

There are also many rehab treatment centers in locations that blend the urban and rural environments by being in smaller cities that are surrounded by idyllic scenery, such as lakes, mountains, or the ocean.

The Best States for Rehab:

Although there are drug abuse treatment centers all over the country, there are a few states that offer the best locations for treatment centers. The reason these states make the top of the list is typically due to a combination of their weather and natural beauty and serenity. Many of these states also offer both urban and rural environments, allowing a person to find the exact kind of environment he or she wants out of a facility.


California has 11 percent of treatment facilities in the country, more than any other state. It also has a large number of addicts requiring treatment, with 10 percent of clients for treatment facilities coming from California. The year-round warm, sunny weather makes California an ideal place for alcohol and drug rehabilitation. It is also a large state, with diverse locations, such as seaside, mountain, desert and urban environments. Whether a person wants to be completely isolated and surrounded by nature or in the center of a city, he or she can find the perfect rehab center location in California.


Florida is routinely number three or four on the top ten lists of the number of facilities—and clients—by state. Like California, it offers warm weather and plenty of sunshine, along with some ocean views. Florida does not have the variety of natural landscape as California. However, there are still large cities and plenty of empty spaces throughout the state, offering a person the option of urban or rural locations. During the summer months, Florida weather is hot and humid, which can be tough for those who are not used to it.


Texas is another large state with a diverse landscape. There are mountains and desert in the west, ocean to the east, colder weather in the north, and warmer weather in the south. The climate is mostly warm, with hot and humid summer months and the occasional cold weather storm in the winter. Texas has four of the top 10 most populated cities in the country, offering plenty of urban areas for rehab. However, most of the state is wide open space, providing the potential to find an isolated country facility to really get away from everything.


Arizona is filled with beautiful desert environments, some of which have a reputation for healing energy, such as the Sedona energy vortex. The weather is dry and hot, or very cold, depending on the time of the year. Outside of the major city areas, the state is filled with beautiful, serene and empty landscape. The state has a lot to offer for those looking for an isolated location to spend time focusing inward to overcome the underlying issues triggering their drug abuse or addiction problem.

New York

New York has seven percent of the rehab facilities in the country, making it second in number to California. When many people hear of New York, they often only think about New York City. Although this major metropolitan area offers plenty of options for urban rehab facilities, upper New York State offers beautiful natural surroundings and a more isolated area to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and deal with drug and alcohol addiction.

Treatment at DTRC

Drug Treatment and Rehab Centers (DTRC) has locations in several states across the country, in urban, rural, and blended environments. DTRC utilizes a biopsychosocial treatment modality for a holistic approach that reduces the risk of relapse. To learn more about our drug abuse treatments and a list of drug rehab centers, call our Admissions team at (312) 300-6661.

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