Going to drug rehab is one of the best things that you can do to ensure the success of your recovery. With the right treatment and support, you can minimize your risk of relapsing early-on and establish a stable foundation for ongoing sobriety. One of the most important parts of choosing a rehab is finding the right location. You have the option of enrolling in a treatment center in your area or finding one out-of-state. Although some areas have more options in treatment than others, the best rehab locations are always largely determined by individual needs.
Going to rehab in-state is a good choice if you’re interested in restarting your life in the same area post-treatment. In-state rehab centers will have a better ability to align you with local resources after your program is done. Not only do rehabs give patients the skills and tools they need for keeping their recoveries on course, but they also assist them in goal-setting, life-planning, resource-finding, and long-term relapse prevention. With their help, recovering addicts are able to sidestep many common pitfalls in the early recovery process including joblessness, homelessness, and lingering legal and financial problems. However, if your current living environment and your current circumstances fill you with overwhelming guilt or shame, or if you have social ties that will make starting over unnecessarily challenging, choosing to enroll in rehab in another state is likely a good idea.
Go Where You Can Get a Clean, Fresh Start
The people who often fare best in in-state rehabs are those who have loving and supportive friends and families, stable living environments, and comfortable careers. They have a vested interest in remaining in their current locations throughout treatment, and they’re motivated and encouraged by those around them. If you have enabling family members living in your home, other household members who are actively abusing drugs or alcohol themselves, or toxic, triggering social environments that will serve as unnecessary challenges after your treatment, traveling for rehab is the best choice. You want to go where you’re able to get a clean, fresh start. In recovery, it is always best to put yourself in an environment where you’re able to improve your self-image, reclaim your sense of self-worth, and redefine who you are.
Think about how you want to live your life immediately after treatment. It may be that you never wish to return to your current home. Many patients enter sober living facilities after addiction treatment. In sober living, they work on establishing self-sufficiency and sustainable lifestyles of their own. If you intend to start a life separate from your current household, you’ll want to make sure that the rehab you choose has plenty of nearby options in halfway houses, sober living facilities, or other stable living environments that can act as a bridge between in treatment living and independent living.
Sometimes going out of state for treatment is essential for getting the right treatment types. For instance, many recovering addicts suffer from both substance use disorder (SUD) and other co-occurring mental health issues. These might be:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Major depressive disorder
- Panic disorder
- General anxiety disorder
In rehab, it’s important for patients to have both SUD and their co-occurring illnesses treated at once. For many people, this eliminates one of their greatest motivations for using. When the mental and emotional anguish of co-occurring disorders are successfully managed, it is no longer necessary to self-treat these issues in harmful ways. If you believe that you have a co-occurring disorder and if you cannot find a rehab with co-occurring disorder treatment in-state, consider in rolling in an out-of-state program that can give you the care you deserve.
Ultimately, you want to find a drug rehab that has the specific services you need and that places you in an environment where you can truly start your life anew. There is no single location or facility that’s guaranteed to work well for everyone. If you want help choosing a program that will prime you for success in recovery, we’ve got you covered. Get in touch with us now by calling 833-820-2922 to talk with one of our counselors.