Addiction treatment programs are located all around the world, making it relatively easy for people to find appropriate care in facilities that are close to their homes. There are times, however, when it’s best for people to travel in order to access the help they’ll need to overcome their addictions. It might not be easy to leave family members and friends behind to combat an addiction, but doing so could be vital to a person’s long-term success.
Finding the Right Program
Addictions are considered chronic conditions, meaning that people who have addictions might need to spend the rest of their lives exerting tight control over their impulses and ensuring that they don’t relapse into destructive habits. People who do just that can achieve amazing success in recovery. For example, a study in the journal Addiction found that 52 percent of older adults who went through rehab reported abstinence from alcohol and drugs in the previous 30 days, and 40 percent of younger adults were able to claim that they’d done the same thing. Rehab programs provide people with the lessons they’ll need in order to achieve these amazing results; however, not all programs provide the same lessons.
Some rehab programs provide tailored care made specifically for one type of addict. These programs might provide care for:
Gay, lesbian or bisexual people
People who fall within these groups might find the tailored approach of these facilities to be immensely helpful, and they might learn things they’d never have the chance to learn in other facilities. By receiving targeted care, they might have a better chance of long-term sobriety.
Making It Work
Some people resist the idea of obtaining care away from home as they worry about the impact the absences will have on their children. It’s a reasonable concern, to be sure, but it’s important to remember that children also struggle when their parents don’t obtain help for their addictions. For example, a study by the European charity Addaction found that 6 of 10 child abuse inquiries were linked to drug or alcohol problems. Leaving children behind during treatment might be difficult, but staying home with these children might do even more damage.
Many treatment programs provide weekend programs, allowing family members to meet up with the person they love for intensive sessions with a counselor. These treatment programs might also allow clients to use computer programs such as Skype to keep in touch with their families at home. It’s not the same as living with the family in the same house and sharing day-to-day responsibilities, of course, but it can ease the discomfort caused by a lengthy separation.
People who travel for care to out-of-state rehab centers might benefit from the distance, as it allows them to completely disassociate with their old neighborhoods, their old habits and their old drug dealers. When the program is over, and they must return to their home environment, the risk of relapse can be quite great. In order to ensure that people don’t make a catastrophic mistake when they return home, some out-of-state rehab programs link their clients with local therapists, allowing them to continue their addiction work when they return home once more.
If you’d like to know more about choosing the right setting for your addiction care, please call our toll-free number. Our counselors are happy to talk with you about your options and help you to make an informed choice.