As anyone who’s been through treatment knows, rehab is not a vacation, but it can be a kind of getaway. It’s intended to help separate an alcoholic or addict from the substance, people, and behaviors that are endangering their lives. With that in mind, when it’s time to find a treatment center, the best one for you may be the one that isn’t in your own backyard.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Many treatment programs focus on helping addicts and alcoholics learn what their triggers are. Minimizing or eliminating a trigger, such as a particular bar or a drinking buddy, gives the addiction one less toehold. Of course, no one can live in a completely trigger-free environment. But going to a new or unfamiliar place, such as a treatment center outside your local area, can accomplish this.
Going to a treatment center outside your current local area can give you a mental break from the familiar sights, sounds, smells, and people of your day to day life. Some people really benefit from this. While you’re in treatment, you can learn how to deal with the root issues of your triggers, so that when you go home you’ll be better equipped to handle them.
Also, many alcoholics and addicts benefit from a total change of scene. It’s easy to think, “I’ll just leave treatment” when your program is in the same town you live in. When leaving means boarding a plane or making travel plans, you may be less likely to walk away when the going gets tough.
Let’s Get Away From It All
Job, family, friends. Life can be so stressful, and it’s easy to get pulled back into the constant demands of everyday responsibilities. Women, in particular, are susceptible to putting their recovery on hold because they’re in a caregiving role for family members or their partner. For people who desperately need to get sober but can’t disengage from daily life, treatment outside your current local area is best. Leave everything behind—just for the duration of treatment—and put yourself first.
Although 30 to 90 days may sound like a long time, it’s a drop in the bucket for long term recovery. A short investment now, of one month, can yield decades of recovery. Being open to make big changes in your life, such as leaving your familiar area for treatment, is an indicator that you’re serious about your recovery and you want to stay sober. In AA, people say that being “willing to go to any lengths” for your sobriety is key. If you want something you’ve never had before, you may have to do something you’ve never done before—like go to treatment out of state.
Seek New Places and New Playmates
Addicts are people of habit. (No pun intended.) We like things that are familiar, even if those things are unhealthy or unsafe for us. Many addicts and alcoholics relapse because they struggle to leave what’s familiar and find a new life for themselves in recovery. Now, obviously getting sober doesn’t mean throwing your whole life out the window and starting over. But many people do benefit from finding new places to spend time and new people to spend that time with. If you’re an addict seeking recovery, look for new friends, healthier relationships, an active support group, and a place where your dealer doesn’t do business. A treatment center outside your current local area covers all the bases.
What Does My Insurance Plan Cover?
Depending on your insurance plan, you may have access to many treatment centers outside your current local area. You may be able to stay in-state, or you may be able to go to another place entirely—even the opposite coast from where you live! There are good reasons to look outside your local area, too: people are 12% more likely to complete treatment when their rehab is out of state, and 20% more likely to complete detox. Also, you may have access to a higher quality treatment center if you look out of state.
Don’t limit yourself to the treatment center down the road. Talk to a counselor or give us a call to discuss what you’re looking for in a treatment center. You may find that what you’re looking for is not only available but also covered by your insurance—and only a short plane ride away.
Without distractions, you can complete treatment and get yourself on the road to lasting recovery. Treatment outside your local area may give you the fresh start you need and deserve. By putting some distance between yourself and your familiar environment, you may be able to leave your addiction behind as well.