Florida is often the destination of choice for families looking for a vacation, spring breakers in need of a place to let loose, and retirees in search of a milder climate – but is it a good choice for patients in recovery from alcohol addiction, especially if they don’t call Florida home?
The choice in which rehab program will be most beneficial should be made on a patient-by-patient basis. Some will find a great number of benefits in out-of-state rehab while others will find that the cons outweigh the pros. What is the right choice for you?
For some people, disconnecting from jobs and family is not a viable option. So-called “functional alcoholics” often are still active in their careers or closely connected to family members who will be a crucial part of their recovery. Going out of state may cause irreversible consequences at work and/or cut the communication lines between family members that must be maintained during treatment.
The Space to Heal
For some patients, commitments are not an issue. Addiction has long since cost them their jobs and/or their families. In fact, going out of state for rehab can be exactly what they need to cut the connections that are harmful to them. For some, this can mean leaving jobs that connect them with drugs or alcohol and putting some distance between themselves and the people who sold them drugs or drank and got high with them – both very positive choices.
Additionally, the action of travel plus the different climate and feel of a new environment can help with the emotional shift in perspective: it’s a new day, a new place, and a new life without drugs and alcohol. No longer surrounded by familiar relationships and potential stressors of home and work, patients are free to focus on themselves, their health, and their progress in recovery.
Is an Out-of-State Rehab Program Right for You?
It can be scary to contemplate undertaking the work of drug addiction recovery far away from home – or it could be liberating. Either way, if you are considering an out-of-state drug rehab program, make sure to connect with them personally before enrolling. Call and ask questions or visit the program if you can. Make sure that it has everything you personally need to recover from alcohol dependence.
If you would like to learn more about our alcohol rehabilitation program here at The Recovery Village, call now. Whether you are a Florida resident or living out of state, we can help you start your journey into recovery today.