Choosing where to attend rehab is almost as critical of a decision as admitting that you need help and are ready to change. We’ve said it once, and we’ll repeat it:
The best addiction rehab program is the one that’s the best fit for you.
Research shows that the most effective treatment programs address a person’s specific substance abuse along with their mental, emotional, or social disorders. These needs look different for everyone. However, there are a few things to consider when looking at your perfect program.
Local programs allow your family and close friends to visit and be part of your recovery process. Family therapy is more comfortable to facilitate, and outpatient programs become possible options to consider.
Staying close to home also saves money; you avoid travel expenses and can even live at home and continue to work.
The third benefit of local programs comes in your aftercare planning. Your treatment specialists will know the area and its resources well. You might even be able to begin forming sober friendships and developing your new dry support system before you’ve finished your program.
Traveling for rehab also brings many perks. First, you might be able to find a facility or program that has more experience with your unique addiction or situation. Additionally, your insurance company might not cover treatment at local rehabs but will pay the expenses for one further away.
Going away for rehab can also help establish your new mindset as you begin your path towards recovery. You’re physically embarking on a trip, just as you’re about to go through an emotional and mental journey as well.
Traveling also helps to ensure that no one will know you’re in addiction treatment unless you tell them. Being far away helps to protect your privacy and reputation.
You’ll also be less likely to leave to visit familiar places or old friends or dealers. They’ll be hours if not thousands of miles away. It’s a much harder decision to go away for treatment. Therefore, you’re more likely to see it through to the end.