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Some individuals do choose to travel for rehab while others find that a program close by is a better fit. Essentially, it depends on your needs for recovery and whether or not a local or remote program is more likely to provide you with the help you require. Call 888-810-3710 Who Answers? now to find the best rehab options for your needs and to begin your journey of recovery.

Benefits of Choosing a Local Treatment Program

Most people choose to attend a rehab center close to home; it allows them to stay in touch with their daily lives and even to work and go home every night while attending treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, outpatient programs are often best for individuals who have extensive social supports and who can still work while in treatment, and this is often a more likely option for those who stick close to home.

Other benefits of choosing a local treatment program include:

  • Visitation: Your family, friends, and other loved ones will be more likely to be able to visit you in your treatment center if you choose to stay in a local, residential facility. They may also be able to attend family therapy sessions with you, if this could be beneficial. If you choose outpatient care, your loved ones will also be able to see you every day and may offer to accompany you to treatment.
  • Cost: Staying in your general area is usually much cheaper than traveling for treatment. If you are concerned about money, it can help cut down on the cost of your rehab treatment to stay local, rather than to incur travel costs and other fees.
  • Aftercare: Many rehab centers offer aftercare options to their patients once the program has ended. These can include booster sessions, 12-step meetings, or just a less intensive treatment program. If you stay close to home, it is likely that your healthcare providers will be able to find a convenient aftercare option for you in your neighborhood.

Benefits of Choosing a Remote Treatment Program

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Remote treatment takes you away from the daily stressors you face at home.

Sometimes, though, staying local isn’t always the best option. Getting away from home can be extremely freeing, especially if many of the reasons why you started abusing drugs in the first place are associated with your home or work life. Choosing remote treatment can give you the ability to distance yourself for a while from the things that are causing you stress and really focus on your recovery.

Other benefits of choosing a remote treatment program include:

  • Self-reflection: If you are too close to home, it can sometimes make it hard to reflect during recovery, as your mind will likely be occupied with its normal troubles of work and home life. Many rehab centers are also in beautiful, natural locations that can help one get in touch with themselves more deeply and create more ability for reflection and healing.
  • More options: If you choose to merely stay close to home, you are often limited in the treatment options you can consider. But choosing to travel for addiction treatment opens up your potential options much more, allowing you to find the exact right fit for your recovery, no matter where it is.
  • Safety: If you are concerned about your safety, even mildly, getting away to a new environment could be essential. You will not want someone who wants to hurt you or is not going to help your treatment to know where you are during such a volatile time in your recovery, and traveling to another location can make you much safer during this time.

Which Option Is Best for Me?

It is very important to consider your needs for recovery before choosing to attend remote or local treatment. According to the NIDA, no one treatment option is right for every individual, and some of the benefits listed above may seem more advantageous to you than others. This is why you must choose a rehab program that offers the best options for your specific situation.

We can help you decide on a rehab center as well as answer any questions you may have about addiction recovery. Call 888-810-3710 Who Answers? today, and make a change for the better in your life.

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Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Calls to any general helpline will be answered or returned by one of the treatment providers listed, each of which is a paid advertiser: Rehab Media Group, Recovery Helpline, Alli Addiction Services.

By calling the helpline you agree to the terms of use. We do not receive any commission or fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a caller chooses. There is no obligation to enter treatment.

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