When a person decides to get help for their addiction, there are several therapeutic aspects that every addict or alcoholic must consider. Rehab is a personal journey that can only be completed under the guidance of addiction treatment professionals. It is also critical to consider what type of environment will encourage the person to be able to openly and honestly face their addictions. The benefits of going to treatment out of state allow the addict to start over in an environment far removed from their drugging or drinking hangouts and lifestyles.
Additionally, it is very important to consider if the structure and expectations of the rehab center are acceptable for the person who is getting help. What is expected of each client at a treatment center is often the aspect that is most challenging for newly recovering addicts, and the rules and expectations should be attainable.
Be Treated by Addiction Professionals
The types of professionals that are available in a quality rehab program include licensed and experienced substance abuse counselors that specialize in either an evidence-based form of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Dual diagnoses treatment for mental health disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder is also helpful, such as experience in trauma therapy. A successful drug and alcohol treatment programs will also offer other forms of therapy that also promote recovery, such as holistic therapy groups. Holistic therapy is one of the most valuable forms of therapy for people in recovery.
Holistic therapy helps newly recovering addicts, and alcoholics learn skills on how to manage their addictive personalities. Holistic therapy addresses the whole person, mind, body, spirit, and emotions. The types of holistic therapy most helpful to people in recovery are yoga, art therapy, and meditation. These types of holistic therapy help clients heal wounds from childhood and adulthood or the harmful outcomes that their use of alcohol and drugs caused.
Find a Supportive Recovery Environment
The environment that a newly recovering addict or alcoholic requires must be safe and nurturing. A safe and nurturing environment is a new environment where a person can easily start over. By attending a rehab out of state, the person will not be tempted to visit old friends who use or drink nearby or have to cope with challenges of life at home. Additionally, the new environment needs to be therapeutic. A therapeutic environment is often gender-specific. When a treatment center offers a separate program for men and women there is less social pressure and therefore less anxiety.
The structure and rules of a treatment program are also an important aspect to consider. If the rehab does not allow smoking, this can be a challenge for smokers, although it’s often for your own good. Additionally, a treatment program should have activities at the treatment center and in the city that are of interest to the person needing rehabilitation. A plus about attending a treatment program away from home is that the city and state will be new and interesting. The weather will also be different as will the culture. For addicts and alcoholics, new environments help them further separate their minds from their previous drug and alcohol way of coping, and they begin new routines easier.
The greatest benefit of going to rehab in another state is the freedom that it gives the person to heal and address the issues that caused them to become addicted to drugs and alcohol. When a person remains at home for their drug treatment program, they are exposed to old routines, places, and people that influenced them or that will instigate relapse. The relapse rate is usually lower for people who go to treatment out of state versus in state.
Is Relapse a Part of Recovery?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse acknowledges that relapse is often part of the recovery process. However, to help prevent relapse, it is important the treatment program includes a relapse prevention program as well as providing an environment that negates old patterns of behavior. An out of state rehab center will oppose previous lifestyles, or patterns of behavior, on the basis that the old places, people, and things are simply not there.
The chronic nature of addiction means that for some people relapse, or a return to drug use after an attempt to stop, can be part of the process, but newer treatments are designed to help with relapse prevention. Relapse rates for drug use are similar to rates for other chronic medical illnesses…treatment of chronic diseases involves changing deeply rooted behaviors, and relapse doesn’t mean treatment has failed. When a person who is recovering from an addiction relapse, it indicates that the person needs to speak with their doctor to resume treatment, modify it, or try another treatment. (NIDA)
We believe that relapse does not have to be part of the recovery process when you have the proper tools and support in-place to get through the difficult early phases of sobriety. A relapse prevention plan helps in avoiding those early pitfalls for many addicts and alcoholics.
We Are Here to Help You
If you or your loved one need treatment for addiction, help is available. Recreate Life Counseling is located in beautiful Boynton Beach, Florida which rests on the south Florida coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. We have programs available for men and women and our success rates remain great because each client is given an individualized treatment plan while being supported by a staff of addiction professionals who have dedicated their careers to helping addicts and alcoholics recover and begin new lives.