WHY TRAVEL TOWARD RECOVERY?
Recovery can be a journey – literally. Getting the most out of that journey by traveling beyond your familiar surroundings to strengthen your recovery can be one of your best options. Are there any benefits of rehabbing away from your home city or town?
You can find drug treatment centers in almost every region of the country. This gives you an opportunity to hand pick where you want to go for the best chances as well as the highest quality of care to help you with your recovery.
One distinct benefit to traveling to treat your addiction is that it takes you out of your triggering environment. Research shows that environments and individuals from the users’ past can be triggers that in turn may cause relapse(s) to those struggling with addiction.
Triggers, on the other hand, are less likely to be found (or feared) when a person begins their therapy some place other than home. In most cases, rehab treatment centers are all you have when you travel to gain recovery. Having fewer distractions to come between you and your sobriety can give you a better chance of being successful.
Another benefit in being somewhere “foreign” for your rehab is you have less chance of leaving before your recovery period is complete.
When you are closer to home, staying for the duration of your rehab can seem like an optional requirement for your recovery. After all, you are near family and friends, right? What’s the hurt if you took off for a while and got back to recovery sometime later?
A lot. Say, for example, the progress you’ve already made with your sobriety, and the fact you must now start over from where you began on your sober journey.
Traveling for your rehab eliminates this, particularly if you are in an unfamiliar locale. You are more likely to stay the course of your rehab if you enter a program in an area you don’t know.
PRIVACY IS MAINTAINED
Let’s face it, some people simply don’t want to be associated with rehabilitation, particularly if it involves their own rehab.
People realistically fear the stigma that can accompany their substance abuse, and later, their effort toward gaining sobriety. They might lose friends or their relationships could be effected and potentially fall apart. Or, in other cases, those seeking sobriety may feel embarrassed or ashamed that they don’t have a handle on their substance use.
Few, if any, want to admit such, especially with their sobriety being not more than a few days old. They also do not want to be found out as having a problem while, for example, in recovery or at a sober living house.
When you travel to recovery, you automatically create your own privacy for your recovery by not being anywhere close to where your addiction may have begun. No one knows you, and you have no history.
This for some may make their recovery easier. If you believe your recovery has a better chance to become a reality in a safe and secure environment away from home, traveling to another city or region, or even another state for your rehabilitation makes perfect sense.
TRAVELING FOR REHAB MEANS YOU HAVE OPTIONS
So what’s your pleasure? The shoreline calmness of San Diego? How about the vitality and fun, entertainment and great dining along Hollywood Boulevard?
The U.S. has a vast amount of topographies one can choose for their rehabilitation process. Use this option as you consider where you want to recover.
Do you like mountains or vast desert emptiness? How about the beach? Do west coast ocean waves seem soothing in lieu of your need to recover? In short, do you believe your recovery is more obtainable in a certain environment?
Or maybe you’d like an urban environment other than the one you now know.
Studies have shown Boston, Portland and Los Angeles as three of the top ten American cities to recover from substance abuse in.
If you’re traveling for rehabilitation, it is a good idea to first understand what environment you’d like to recover in. Afterward, find out if a rehab treatment center is available in or around that locale. If a treatment center is available, be sure to find out what programs the center offers, and then confirm how they can assist you in kicking your substance abuse habit.
THE DOWNSIDE OF TRAVELING TO REHAB
One of the first issues to keep in mind as you consider traveling to rehabilitation, is the cost. Remember that your rehab expenditure-wise won’t be unlike an extended vacation.
Not only will you pay for the services of the rehab itself, you will also need to come up with travel expenses, and possibly a budget for food.
Be sure to allow yourself extra money for spending and/or personal hygiene items that aren’t supplied by the treatment center.
Other issues to consider include:
- Those close to you won’t have easy access to you: Depending upon how far you are from family and friends, it may propose some difficulty for loved ones to visit or have an active role during the initial treatment process
- Aftercare could pose some difficulty as the treatment center assigns you to a sober house or aftercare plan outside their vicinity. This may be a good time to consider staying in the same area in which you achieved your rehab. Doing this can give further support to your sobriety as opposed to taking aftercare services in the area where you’re from.
- The people with whom you’ve recovered can be friends for life. Once your rehab ends, consider networking with them. You may possibly want to continue your recovery with them during aftercare, or as you look into sober living facilities.
Always keep in mind that contact with the people from your life can possibly spark a relapse. So take careful consideration toward where you’ll seek aftercare once your recovery period ends. Remember, it’s your sobriety that comes first. Everything else is a distant second.
If you or a loved one feels a need to overcome an addiction, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout Southern California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.