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Traveling for Rehab: Do’s and Don’ts

Choosing to rehab for a drug or alcohol addiction is the first (and notably most difficult) step towards living a substance-free life. The second challenge that must be addressed is the question of where to go. Should you stay local, allowing yourself to remain close to family and friends? Or should you travel to seek treatment in an environment that removes the potential for triggers and other factors that may have played a part in your addiction? These are challenging questions.  Below are a few considerations and things you should keep in mind when traveling for rehab. 

Why You Should Travel for Rehab

There are various reasons people choose traveling for rehab as opposed to remaining close to home. For most, the reasons center around quality of care and stronger assurance that they cannot simply “walk away” from treatment. Likely one of the most significant reasons is the opportunity to “get clean” in an area away from the environment in which they used. Selecting a rehab located out of state removes access to common triggers or members of social circles who may have contributed to addictive behavior. It also allows for treatment to occur without any outside influence that could make completing an entire treatment program challenging. 

Factors to Consider When Traveling for Rehab

While traveling for rehab can indeed be beneficial, there are a few considerations (both pro and con) that should be addressed before deciding on an out of state treatment program. 


Leaving Treatment Early is Much More Difficult

Most people attending treatment experience the overwhelming desire to leave treatment before their program is complete. This generally happens within the first few weeks of their stay. One of the most significant advantages of selecting a treatment facility away from home is the amount of time and effort it takes to leave treatment. It is not as easy to book a flight or rent a car to drive home as it is to call a friend and ask them to pick you up around the corner. It is also important to note that if a person leaves treatment before completing their program, there is a chance insurance will not provide assistance to pay for a second treatment stay. 

Distance from Bad Influences and Triggers

When someone has reached the point where they’re seeking addiction therapy, their ability to handle environmental triggers in a safe and healthy manner may be compromised. Under these circumstances, getting calls, texts, or visits from the wrong people can send someone further down a vicious cycle of addiction. However, seeking rehab at a treatment center away from home can help to break that cycle. Getting someone who is struggling with addiction away from their problems and triggers allows them to work on Their addictive behaviors in an orderly way.

The Best Treatment Center May Not Be the Closest One to Home

For treatment to be successful, it is critical to match the person seeking treatment with a treatment center that offers the ideal treatment program for that person. As there is no one size fits all treatment center that is best for everybody, it is understandable that the best treatment center for yourself or your loved one may not be in your hometown. It is essential to factor in critical treatment elements such as detox procedures, insurance, the average length of stay, amenities, and any other treatment-related concerns that you may have before choosing a location. 

Insurance Considerations

One final consideration is that some insurance policies have restrictions stating that they will not provide benefits for substance abuse treatment centers out of your home state. Unfortunately, if this is the case unless you plan on paying cash for your treatment, the insurance company will not be of assistance to you. It is a good idea to have your insurance policy benefits verified by an admissions specialist before selecting a treatment center. This will ensure no unpleasant surprises once you arrive at treatment.  

Travel to Bayshore Retreat for Addiction Treatment

Our treatment team at Bayshore Retreat in Destin, Florida,  is skilled in providing individualized treatment for all addiction types. If you are curious about how our programs can help you live a substance-free life, call and speak to an admissions professional today.   

At Bayshore Retreat we have extensive knowledge in treating substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. We understand that Mental Health Disorders can be the root cause of substance abuse. We use the latest scientific research and holistic approach for drug and alcohol addiction treatment.

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