4 Advantages to Attending Out-of-State Treatment Facilities

4 Advantages to Attending Out-of-State Treatment Facilities

There are many options when it comes to choosing a drug treatment program, and it may be difficult to choose the best fit for your needs. Inpatient programs offer more intense treatment, while outpatient care provides flexibility for maintaining responsibilities at work and in the family. Your unique situation and needs will influence whether in or out-of-state treatment is best for you, but consider the following four advantages when choosing out-of-state rehab:

Complete Change of Environment

In many cases of drug or alcohol addiction, a complete change of environment is necessary for treatment success; in other words, addicts must leave their residence to receive necessary care. Staying in the same area where the addiction formed can make relapse triggers easily accessible, so treatment centers that are near friends and loved ones can stall or derail the treatment process. Although out-of-state centers are far from family members and loves ones, some people just need to know that their loved ones, dealers and people with whom they did drugs are far away.

Local treatment centers that are near a patient’s home can make it difficult to avoid stress. Well meaning family members who stop by to see the patient, call her or even drive by her window can set her up for failure. The people who have the best intentions can end up increasing stress and the desire to use drugs. However, out-of-state treatment offers the benefit of planned visits at intervals that best meet the needs of recovery. By making visits a bit more challenging, both the patient and her family members can have the personal space necessary for healing to take place.

Increased Privacy and Confidentiality

For many people, attending treatment in the same community where you live or work creates problems with privacy and confidentiality. Patients need not worry that their caregivers will break confidentiality agreements, but the nature of treatment in or near your hometown can violate your privacy in the following ways:

  • It may be difficult to go into or out of treatment without being recognized
  • Encounter acquaintances or neighbors that are employees of your facility
  • Your children may be in activities with the children of employees at your treatment facility

Each of these scenarios may cause you to reconsider treatment, which can delay you from getting the help you need. If privacy and confidentiality are problems for you, then get treatment out-of-state.

Leaving Is Not an Option

When choosing a local rehab facility, the option of leaving treatment early may be more temptation than you can handle. You will reach a point in recovery when you feel better and more in control of your emotions. For some people, this strength creates a false sense of readiness to return to a normal life—for those who are in treatment against their wishes, the ability to leave is made much easier when friends and family are close by.

However, with out-of-state treatment the option for leaving early is limited. Even if you decide you want to leave, it takes most families several days to arrange for you to come home or for someone to come and get you. During this time you may reconsider, change your mind and decide that staying is really what you need to do. Being in a situation where bailing out of treatment before you are finished just isn’t an option in some places, which may greatly motivate you to complete the process.

Focused Treatment Program

Out-of-state treatment helps recovering addicts focus on the process. Being close to home can make you feel the need to rush through treatment to get back to your life. Knowing that you are far away from family and work obligations helps you devote all of your energy to recovery.

No matter the type of treatment you consider, Narconon International recommends using the following ten questions to find your best fit (http://www.narconon.org/drug-rehab/questions.html):

  • What kind of result do you expect from rehab?
  • Is the program short-term or long-term?
  • Does the program’s treatment substitute another drug for the one you were addicted to?
  • Does the treatment rely on the use of other drugs that may be addictive or harmful?
  • Does the program have a method of alleviating physical cravings for drugs or alcohol?
  • Does the program include a nutritional component?
  • Does the program teach sufficient life skills to support sober life?
  • Does the rehab program you are considering think that addiction is a chronic disease that may involve multiple relapses on the way to sobriety?
  • Does the rehab seem to offer an instant cure or some other promise that doesn’t make sense?
  • Are the steps of the program ones that you feel good about your loved one experiencing?

Seek help to find the best treatment center for your needs, but consider treatment that is far from home.

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