Once you know you or a loved one needs the help only a private drug rehab center can provide in defeating addiction, a new problem can quickly arise: how to find a private drug rehab center.

While there are numerous options for those struggling with addiction to help them face their dependency and find recovery, not every option is right for every patient. It’s important for a patient’s long-term recovery chances that they find the right choice the first time, to better prevent relapse and get the best care and treatment they can possibly receive.

So there are several aspects patients and their loved ones must consider in the search to find a private drug rehab center that will best fit their criteria.

First off is determining that criteria. Unless you know what you want from a rehab center and what you want in the form of treatment, you can’t determine what center will best serve those needs. Discuss your needs with your family and loved ones and decide what is most important in the search for a rehab center. Then begin winnowing down options based on those options: do you have alcohol dependency? Then you don’t need a center that primarily focuses on the abuse of hard drugs? Do you want a fully secular approach? Then you may not want a religious oriented center… but if you do, you’ll want to find one that truly embraces that mantle rather than simply drapes it across the building like decoration.

Once you know what you want, the search for options truly begins. Research will be necessary and most likely will be done online in today’s digital world. Even if your local phonebook, should you still have one, has rehab centers listed, unless you live in a large, urban area there isn’t likely to be a wide selection of centers in your area.

Cast a wide net and search for rehab centers in a large region around your area. Unless you have a large fortune lying around, it’s not necessary to consider centers four or five states away; there are likely to be equally good centers in your own region, if not as famous as some. 

Once you have a certain number of potential candidates, take a deep dive into their methods, their credentials, their facilities and other aspects of the center. If possible, maybe tour the campus of each potential clinic, interview former patients and the like. Compare each to your needs and see which feels right.

Of course, doing all of that while struggling with addiction isn’t easy. Getting help from loved ones is key. And doing all the work yourselves isn’t necessary. Many of these clinics will have testimonials and references to try and simplify the process, maybe a virtual tour or more.

Most of all, determine what is most important in not only getting treatment, but finding lasting recovery. A clinic such as Good Landing Recovery, which offers a faith-based treatment program, can promise that more of its patients are less likely to relapse than those in similar secular programs.

Addiction must be attacked with the proper tools to help the addict truly shake its grip and find lasting recovery. To do that, finding the right private drug rehab center is key. Take the time to pursue the right steps and do what you must to find the best answer to that question for the addict in your life.