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Addiction Recovery: To Stay or Get Away

The choice to travel to a destination or stay in town for addiction treatment can be a challenging decision. Whether you or your loved one struggle with alcohol, drugs, or some other addiction, there can be advantages and disadvantages to both.  Often times, both have their place in the journey to sobriety and can be a helpful part of the recovery process.  Let’s take a look together:

Traveling

Pros

  • Usually a retreat-like atmosphere where clients can remember the joys of life in a relaxing and enjoyable place
  • Get away from influences that might be triggering addictive behaviors
  • A sense of starting fresh in a new place
  • Often-times all inclusive: meals, outings, individual and group therapy, family therapy, etc
  • Smaller facilities provide a more individualized and holistic treatment program

Cons

  • The cost can be higher
  • Away from family and friends
  • More care needs to be taken when transitioning home to ensure support and positive lifestyle habits are present

Staying Close By

Pros

  • The opportunity to work on sobriety in your usual life setting
  • No need to travel
  • Some times less expensive
  • May be able to see family and friends more easily

Cons

  • Less treatment options available since search is local
  • Limited care providers and treatment centers
  • Remain close to potential negative influences such as friends who are addicts or other reminders of the memories of addiction
  • Most local treatment centers have a higher volume of patients and less individualized care

It’s important to choose a treatment center based on your specific situation.  A substance abuse counselor can walk you through the options and help you navigate the challenges of addiction.  Ask a lot of questions and find out what is the best fit for your situation.

Addiction Intervention

An intervention is a an organized approach, typically coordinated by family and friends with the support of an interventionist, to get their loved one who is abusing alcohol and/or drugs [...]

2017-12-20T12:21:04+00:00 December 20th, 2017|