If you have made the difficult decision to consider rehab, chances are you?re tired, beat up and wrung out by addiction. Problems at work, home and play have taught you two important, potentially life-saving facts: You need to get well and you can?t do it alone.
Now you face another major decision: Where to go? There is no easy answer for this dilemma given the myriad of treatment options available. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse there are over 13,000 specialized rehab facilities in America providing counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management and other types of services to individuals with substance use disorders. Choosing the right one can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, but with much higher stakes. Many people feel overwhelmed, as they consider where they should go and how far they should travel to get there.
The first step toward narrowing your options is to remember your number one priority: Your health. Addiction is a disease, and you deserve the best treatment you can get and not just the help that is most convenient. The second step is to gather solid information to help you make an informed decision.
Going to Any Length to Get Sober: Pros to Travelling
People with major medical issues typically move heaven and earth to get the best medical treatment out there. They don?t think twice about boarding a plane to save their lives. However when it comes to addiction, travelling for treatment may feel extravagant. It is not. Left untreated, addiction is fatal. As with other physical diseases getting the best help possible yields lifelong advantages. The Department of Health and Human Services states that comprehensive and sustained substance abuse treatment is proven to do the following:
- Help individuals reduce or stop using illegal substances
- Be as effective as treatments for other chronic conditions including diabetes and asthma
- Give access to a variety of approaches that can help boost long-term control
There are other compelling reasons not to rule out a treatment facility that is far away. Distance can seem like a negative factor, but it may be an asset to your recovery. Many people begin abusing drugs, because they struggle with some aspect of their surroundings such as toxic family relationships. The stresses of a daily routines and triggers in the environment in which drug abuse occurs can be challenging. Getting away from familiar playgrounds and playmates can create an opportunity for a fresh start. Other benefits of travelling for rehab include the following:
- It removes you from negative influences such as drug dealers or friends who use
- It breaks you out of ruts in your home life that you may not be aware of
- It removes familiar distractions
- Putting effort into travel may help you feel more invested in your recovery
A lifetime of freedom from substance abuse pays off emotionally, physically and even financially in the long run.
Returning Home: How to Bring Recovery with You
Individuals who travel for rehab face a new task once they get home: Developing a new, home-based recovery team. One way to find immediate help on a consistent basis is to get counseling. Two effective types of counseling include individual therapy and group therapy.
A third type of support is available through support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Experts at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration say that peer support can be a strategic way to sustain the recovery process until internal motivation is strengthened. Experts at the Mayo Clinic point out additional perks of participating in a support group such as the following:
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- Gaining a sense of empowerment
- Improving coping skills and sense of adjustment
- Reducing anxiety, distress and depression by sharing negative feelings
- Comparing notes about doctors and alternative treatment options
You can maintain and build on gains made in treatment by assembling a strong recovery team.
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