The Benefits of Relocating for Addiction Treatment
Relocating for addiction treatment is a difficult decision for anyone. Uprooting your life to a brand new area is exciting and nerve racking at the same time. Some people may look forward to restarting their life in a fresh environment, while others may find the task daunting.
The answer really depends on your situation. There isn’t a one-size fit all approach to treatment. We believe each client should first know the benefits of relocating for addiction treatment.
One of the oldest sayings in the recovery community is changing “people, places and things” that you identified with during your period of drug use. These three things are also called triggers. Triggers are anything that makes you romanticize your drug use. Coping and dealing with triggers will be a main component of our addiction treatment program. Triggers that aren’t addressed often lead to relapse. In almost all cases the best approach is to identify your triggers and avoid them as often as possible. Relocation for rehab is one of the best ways to start over and build your foundation of recovery.
Changing Your Environment
Addiction affects every aspect of your life including your living situation. If your home is dysfunctional or enables your behavior it makes more sense to relocate.
Addiction is also a family disease and your home life may be a contributing factor to your drug use. Those recovering addicts that return home after treatment are far more likely to relapse, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Publication. Your living situation can determine whether you relapse or not.
We encourage patients to live in a halfway house after treatment in order to slowly decrease their levels of care to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed. Many recovering addicts also experience a feeling of nostalgia or longing to visit their favorite spots when returning home after rehab. These individuals put themselves in a dangerous situation especially right out of rehab. It isn’t surprising that it is easy to fall back into old behaviors when putting yourself in the same situation. Relocating for addiction treatment eliminates the possibility of triggering old behaviors from familiar hang out spots.
Identifying Positive Influences
Another key factor in relocation is changing your social group. Over the course of our addiction we developed and sought out friendships that would excuse our drug use. How many of our healthy friends were too worried about us to allow us to use in front of them?
Addicts often build relationships with people they can use with, rather then determining if that person is a positive influence or not. Hiding our drug use became number one priority, although it usually it obvious to everyone. When returning home after rehab many of these people may not understand, respect, or acknowledge your recovery. An abundance of recovering addicts also report past friends trying to offer them drugs or exerting extreme amounts of peer pressure.
The process of finding new friends in your city can be stressful and seem hopeless. Through rehab and relocation, addicts are more likely to build supportive friendships that last. Our rehab can even help you find meetings to build a solid foundation in your new location.
The biggest benefit in relocating for rehab is the prospect of a “new beginning”.
Recovering addicts can begin the process of accepting change and surround themselves with the recovery community. South Florida is the top area in the country for recovering alcoholics and addicts.
- Thriving recovery community
- Tropical weather conditions
- An abundance of sober activities
- South Florida is the ideal place to get sober
Hundred of thousands people relocate to South Florida every year with the prospects of creating a new life for themselves by leaving their past life of drug use behind, until they have created a solid recovery plan.