Traveling for Treatment

Traveling for treatment and removing oneself from toxic environments can greatly increase the success of addiction treatment.

Admitting the need for help is the first step on the road to recovery from drug addiction. The next critical step is determining where you will get help. Choosing a treatment center is important because you want to find one that meets your needs and provides the approach to treatment that will work for you.

While choosing a rehab program at a facility near you may seem like the most logical choice, it has its drawbacks. For example, when you live in the same area or same state as the treatment center, you leave yourself the option to leave treatment when the rehab gets rough. Unfortunately, many people leave rehab prematurely and never receive the full benefit of the program, often reverting back to drug use soon after returning home. The best choice for treatment is a rehab center away from home, thus eliminating the possibility of abandoning treatment early.

Other reasons to travel for treatment include:

Distance from your home environment. Overcoming an addiction is a battle. You must not only contend with the physical elements of addiction, but you must also deal with the underlying factors that led to the addiction in the first place. In some cases, your home environment may be one such trigger. The people with whom you live may use drugs and leave drug paraphernalia around, or the people with whom you live may not support your desire to get professional help for your addiction. If you live in an unsupportive environment, it is best to travel away from that environment.

Distance from your everyday stressors. For some people, their current life situation is a contributor to their choice to use drugs. Traveling to another state for rehab can provide that extra buffer that you need. Going a distance takes away the everyday stresses, negative influences, and other possible triggers to addiction. This may be especially true for younger users and/or those people who are especially prone to the influence of others. Physically removing yourself gives you the opportunity to focus on recovery without distraction.

Increased privacy. In some situations, an individual needs an extra layer of privacy to ensure that their situation remains anonymous. If you have a high-profile career, come from a well-known family in your area, or if your job is well-known, you need to seek treatment away from that environment so that others will not recognize you or your name. Traveling to another state provides an extra measure of anonymity and decreases the probability of being noticed. Knowing that you don’t have to worry about privacy will allow you to concentrate more fully on your own recovery.

Better accommodations. Gone are the days of treatment centers that feel like being in a hospital and a prison. Today, you have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of accommodations, ranging from luxurious to sparse and everything in between. No matter your budget, you can find a location in another state that has the accommodations you want.

You could even choose your location that is opposite of your current climate. Perhaps you live in the heat of the South and would enjoy a stay in Washington. Or maybe you would enjoy a warmer climate like Florida that will enable you to enjoy the outdoors as a part of your rehab regimen. If a more luxurious stay is more appealing and would feel less clinical and hospital-like, then traveling to such a facility might be a good choice.

Treating a specific need. Perhaps you are struggling with an addiction, but you also have other medical or mental health issues that would complicate your recovery. This is not an unusual occurrence. In fact, according to an article in January 1996 issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, co-occurring addictive issues and mental health issues is highly prevalent. An article released in the August 2001 edition of the journal Psychiatric Services indicates that almost half of people who have an addiction also have a current mental disorder.

Some treatment centers are simply not equipped to deal with co-occurring addiction issues, such as addiction and depression or addiction and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some treatment centers specialize in specific conditions like bipolar disorder or depression but not others. By traveling to a treatment center that caters to needs specific to your situation, you give yourself the best opportunity to recover from your addiction and possibly begin to deal with the co-occurring issue as well.

According to a December 2012 article released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more an than 14,500 drug treatment facilities across the U.S. can provide expert care and guidance in addiction recovery. This is good news for you, because it means that you have many options from which to choose.

Getting Help For Your Addiction

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction, we can help. You can call our toll-free helpline any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our admissions counselors who can help you determine which treatment center you travel to would be best for your unique situation. We can even talk with you about whether or not your insurance benefits will pay for a treatment center out-of-state. Don’t allow an addiction to rob you of the vibrant life you want. Call us today and start on the road to recovery.