By Becca Owens
After you make the decision to seek treatment, the next step is to choose the treatment center where your healing will begin. Many people choose a local treatment center for the sake of convenience. Because there are so many options for treatment centers, it feels natural for many people to choose one within a certain radius of their home. However, limiting your choices to strictly local programs may not be the best option for your recovery journey.
While there are certainly benefits to choosing a local treatment center, there are also many downsides. One of the biggest disadvantages is the likelihood of distractions during treatment. When an individual with alcoholism attempts recovery in the same environment that he would typically use drugs or alcohol, temptation may increase. In a local treatment center, there is also a greater chance that you will have frequent visitors. Proximity may feel comfortable initially, but frequent visitors can also distract you from your progress, which is why it may not be the best situation for your long-term recovery.
There are many benefits to going beyond the boundaries of your hometown — or your home state — for treatment. First of all, when you travel for treatment, it will most likely be to head to a residential treatment center, one with specialized programming to fit your individual needs and has a higher success rate than local outpatient facilities.1
Additionally, putting distance between yourself and your former life — places and relationships you may associate with your addiction — affords you the chance to be separated from your usual routine. The distance also allows you the space to heal at your own pace and in your own way. Recovery looks different for all people, and sometimes family and friends may place various expectations on your personal recovery journey. By giving yourself a geographic buffer from those expectations, it gives you the freedom to discover the most authentic version of your drug-free self.
Distance also gives you the chance to focus solely on your health and wellbeing without the burden of daily or familial responsibilities. Focusing intently on your recovery while in treatment gives you the best chance to return to your daily life as a healthier parent, sibling, friend and coworker.
When you widen your search for the best treatment center for your needs, you gain the possibility of a new city, new climate and additional amenities. Many rehabs are strategically placed in desirable climate regions — from the warm sun and sandy beaches to the serenity of mountains and forests — so that people are invigorated by their surroundings rather than longing for home. With the opportunity to engage new cultures, history and people, you can begin to see what life can be like without substance abuse.2
Also, many rehabs have unique and beneficial forms of therapy that may not be available in your hometown. If you have certain interests or needs pertinent to your recovery, finding treatment centers with services that best fit those needs should be a top priority, no matter the distance.
Taking the step from active Lorazepam addiction to recovery is a courageous choice to make. You are not only choosing to value yourself as an individual, but also providing relief to loved ones who have also been affected by your addiction. You have already recognized the detriment of your addiction — to yourself and your loved ones — and you are on a path to rediscovering wellness and joy.
We can help you get connected with treatment programs all over the country. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed by too many options. We can answer all your questions and talk you through the entire process. Let us help you find the right Lorazepam treatment center for your particular diagnosis and financial situation. Although traveling may add additional costs to your treatment, the investment is worth it if it increases your chance of success. And we can help you sort through your insurance benefits and other assistance that may be available to you. Let us help you make sure you understand all your options, whether local or out-of-state.
If you or a loved one suffers from addiction, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about drug or alcohol addiction.
1 “Types of Treatment Programs.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, December 2012.
2 “Benefits of Traveling Out of State for Addiction Treatment.” The Canyon, Accessed October 29, 2017.