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Traveling out of a local area to get treatment for addiction helps you or your loved one separate from old neighborhoods, drug dealers, destructive habits, and familiar places that trigger drinking or drug use. Traveling for addiction treatment is highly recommended if being able to fully focus on recovery near your home is difficult or impossible.[1] For many, making the decision to travel out of state in order to get clean from drugs or alcohol is the first step in the recovery process.

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Why Travel for Addiction Treatment?

Leaving your home and family members for drug treatment might seem like an extreme step. But for many, staying in the community that fuels the addiction dramatically increases the risk of relapse. Being away from negative influences and toxic relationships that contribute to the addiction is the only way to increase the likelihood of long-term recovery success.

Other reasons to travel for addiction treatment include:

  • Remove you or your loved one from triggers for drinking or using drugs
  • An opportunity to avoid distractions- like family responsibilities- and fully focus on recovery
  • There is better quality care available outside your local area
  • Connect to recovery in a new city that has a thriving support system
  • Traveling offers treatment in an ideal climate that promotes healing

If the right treatment for your unique situation means leaving an unhealthy situation, then traveling is the right answer for you.[2] It may seem like a big step, but doing what is necessary to find healing and hope is worth the sacrifice.

Creating Distance from Enablers

Many sufferers of addiction rely on friends or family to enable their continued substance abuse. Parents, siblings and even close friends may think they are trying to protect you by helping you continue to use. In these cases, each person that enables unhealthy behaviors in an addiction loved one needs to deal with his or her own problems. Removing yourself from these well-meaning loved ones gives them an opportunity to get the help they need. While you are doing the hard work of rehab, your enablers can be coming to terms with their role in your addiction and learning new ways of thinking and behaving. Our trained staff understands the importance of rebuilding family relationships and our individualized treatment plan incorporates healthy and supportive communication with loved ones during the recovery process.

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Finding Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Many sufferers of addiction rely on friends or family to enable their continued substance abuse. If you or your loved one is displaying this type of behavior towards family, we can help. Our trained staff understands the importance of rebuilding family relationships and our individualized treatment plan incorporates healthy and supportive communication with loved ones during the recovery process.

Recognizing that you have a problem and reaching out for help is the first step on the road to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. If that first step requires you leave familiar surroundings to fully focus on treatment, we are here for you. Call Michael’s House now for a free, confidential assessment and our trained admissions staff can help make the travel arrangements for you or your loved one to enter treatment today.


Sources

[1] National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction,” July 2016. Accessed May 1, 2017. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction

[2] SAMHSA. “Treatment for Substance Use Disorders,” August 9, 2016. Accessed May 1, 2017. https://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/substance-use-disorders

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