When it comes to treatment nowadays people have a wide variety of choices. As of 2014 there were over 14,000 treatment centers in the United States so finding an inpatient treatment center that best suits your needs is as easy as asking yourself a few simple questions: What sort of care do I need? How long do I want to stay for? And last but not least should I stay near my home or go out of state?
The last question is one of the more important questions to ask yourself and people have differing opinions as to what is best. Some feel that leaving the environment that you abused alcohol or drugs in is more beneficial in attaining sobriety, while others believe that staying close to home and having the support of your friends and family is better. If you are at a point where you think you may need treatment and are not sure which course of action to follow, below are some pros and cons for both staying in your hometown and going away for treatment. Hopefully, this will help make your decision a little easier.
Staying In Your Hometown
While many people who have the option to go out of state for treatment do so, there are still a great many benefits to staying close to home for drug treatment.
- Insurance may cover more of your treatment stay
This is not always the case and often times the same benefits afforded to you in state are also afforded out of state, but there are some cases where your insurance provider will only cover instate treatment. If you find that your insurance will only cover treatment that is local then it might be best to explore these options before shelling out thousands of dollars for out of state treatment.
- You have the support of your family
Family can be an important part of recovery so having them close by and involved in the treatment process can be very beneficial. Plus early sobriety can be an extremely confusing and trying time so having your family close by can really make a difference.
- You can continue your life unimpeded
This really depends on what level of care you are going to be getting in treatment. If you are only going for outpatient then staying close to home would make the most sense. Going to an outpatient facility allows for you to live at home still and also means that you can continue to work and perform your day-to-day responsibilities. For some, this is a great way to get sober, while for others doing this would be overwhelming.
- You may be triggered by being so close to home
One of the best things about going away to treatment is that you are completely removed from your environment. If you choose to stay near home for treatment, once you get out you will be back in the environment that you used in. For some the draw back to their old lifestyle is too great and so they relapse.
- Being close to family
Depending on your family and how you interact with them, being so close to your family could be a good thing or a bad thing. It is sometimes important to get away from family members when attempting to get sober so that the person attempting sobriety can learn to stand on their own two feet without any interference.
- Not as much of an incentive for meeting new people
Part of getting sober is creating a new host of friends that are in sobriety. If you stay close to home and still have access to your friends then there won’t be as much of an incentive to go out and meet new people. This can lead to being less involved in your recovery and not experiencing everything that sobriety has to offer.
Going Away For Treatment
As someone who went away for treatment, I can speak on a personal level about the benefits of choosing this option.
- It gets you out of your environment
Geographic changes do not often work when it comes to combatting alcoholism or addiction since we bring ourselves with us wherever we go, but when it comes to treatment, changing the environment can often be helpful. Going out of state means that you are in a completely new setting and with that new setting comes the ability to create new associations with the world around you. Plus you won’t have to be triggered by seeing things that remind you of using, or seeing people that you used to use with.
- Allows you to create new friendships
This is especially true if you stay in the new state after treatment is done. Making new friends that are also sober is a great way to reinforce your sobriety and many times can you the extra boost needed to continue.
- Gives you the ability to grow up
It is no secret that many alcoholics and addicts are emotionally stunted when it comes to development. If you are younger and attempting to get sober, getting away from home can give you the ability to finally grow up. You will no longer have your parents just around the corner, or the down the hall to make decisions for you and this can be a very important part of getting and staying sober.
- It is sometimes expensive
Beyond the initial cost of treatment, which is sometimes not covered by insurance if it is out of state, if you decide to stay in the new state you will incur other costs such as plane tickets and finding a place to live.
- You may get homesick
For many people who enter into treatment in another state, this is their first time being away from their family. While this does allow for new and healthy boundaries to be set, it can also cause a person to be homesick, especially if they are close to their family.
- You will have to recreate a new life
Depending on how you look at it this could be a pro as well, but for some having to learn a new area, find work, and create new relationships is too much and so staying home for treatment would probably be better.
Hopefully looking through the list of pro and cons above helped you with your decision for treatment. Making the choice to go treatment can be frightening but remember that many people have done it before you and now they are living happy and sober lives.
Rose Lockinger is a passionate member of the recovery community. A rebel who found her cause, she uses blogging and social media to raise the awareness about the disease of addiction. She has visited all over North and South America. Single mom to two beautiful children she has learned parenting is without a doubt the most rewarding job in the world. Currently the Outreach Director at Stodzy Internet Marketing.