People, Places, Things
The process of recovery usually involves rehab or detox first, then transitioning to a local or out of state sober living home. But how does one choose whether to stay local or opt for out of state addiction treatment? Many of our clients tell us the same thing: No matter where they go in their own home town, they are reminded of their drug problem. Every single club and bar brings back waterfall of memories — and triggers. The people they see daily remind them of their addiction. These are people they partied with, most of whom are still in addiction and even some family members are suffering from it. These are the people, places and things talked about in The Big Book. Many addicts come to the same conclusion: to beat their addiction, they have to get away from the triggers. That means new people, new places and new things. Since the journey to recovery starts with rehab, the choice between a local or out of state addiction treamtentepends on the patient’s needs.
It Starts With Rehab
David was a stock broker on Wall Street. He was steadily climbing the ladder of success inside his company. He was married, had three kids and coached his son’s baseball team. Many people looked up to him. In his suburban community on Long Island, he was well known and liked. For him, treatment in a local rehab facility would be anything but confidential. To increase his chances of privacy, David decides an out-of-state facility is his best option. Bill has been an addict for years, but he’s hidden it well. Eventually, the personal and professional failures made his family sit up and pay attention. It was then they saw the signs of addiction. Bill’s family staged a powerful intervention, convincing him to accept professional help for an addiction to heroin. His whole family is more than willing to support him through the process; luckily, they all live nearby. He knows their support will make all the difference as he enters recovery and that’s why he chose to enter a local rehab facility. Mark has been to rehab before and knows he’ll need strong support after leaving the facility. He also knows that his small community and even smaller circle of friends will not help him with maintaining sobriety after rehab. He also knows that his little community is bleak, devoid of new opportunities and just generally depressing. For Mark, a change of scenery would be just what the doctor ordered.
Choosing a Rehab Facility
Each of the situations mentioned above clearly illustrate why individual needs have to be considered when looking for treatment. Since rehab is the first step in sobriety, one must evaluate their needs when choosing a rehab facility or a sober living home.
- Family Relationships Will these be a good and needed source of support, or possible distractions or triggers that negatively impact recovery?
- Environment Other than family, what other influences have an impact? Local hang-outs? Friends? Are they a positive or negative impact? Is it better to be removed from these?
- Confidentiality Will it make a difference if privacy is not 100%? Will a familiar face at the facility make rehab tougher?
- Ease of Access Is it important to follow up with the same facility for any aftercare needed? Will being close to home make it too easy to leave?
- Insurance Is insurance coverage a factor? Is there a limited list of facilities that can be chosen? For financial reasons, this may also be something to consider.
Since rehab programs last around 30-60 days, recovering addicts will want to think about their recovery after rehab. This is where sober living homes fit in the journey of recovery. Whether they choose in-state or out of state addiction treatment after leaving rehab depends upon the individual’s specific needs and preferences.
Choosing between a Local or Out Of State Sober Living Home
A sober living house provides recovering addicts the time and space they need to ease back into society. Patients typically stay 6-9 months. During this period, there are meetings, group discussions and continued work with sponsors to help addicts learn the sober living lifestyle. Distance from one’s home environment makes it easier for recovering addicts to be free from distractions. Even addicts deep in addiction realize that a change of scenery is needed when they are looking for recovery. Finding a sober living home one or two towns away is not far enough — an out of state sober living home is a much, much better option. That’s because the farther an addict is away from their hometown environment, the greater their chance of success. The distance can make it easier to focus on recovery and remain free from distractions and so for many, an out of state sober living home is simply a better and safer choice. . For others, having the local support of friends and family during the recovery process is key to success, so choosing a facility that keeps them near these relationships is more advantageous. In the end, you have to evaluate your own situation and determine whether a local or an out of state sober living home will be best for your situation. Take your time, consider the pros and cons. ALWAYS call the facility and talk to them about the environment, job opportunities, or to discuss any special needs you may have. [cta id=’269′]