In order for treatment to be a success, it is important to realize that location plays an influential role, and the difference between out-of-state and in-state treatment centers can determine whether or not recovery is possible for an individual. Everyone has a different case and we understand that, so doing proper research before choosing a treatment program is crucial.
Sometimes choosing an addiction treatment program can be hard when taking into account all of the different variables that may affect the success rate of treatment. While choosing a program best suited to your needs, you should weigh the pros and cons of out-of-state treatment. While there are some negative drawbacks to leaving the state for treatment, there are many reasons why the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
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It is very difficult to understand what treatment you, or someone you know, needs without having an idea of what addiction actually is and how it starts. For the most part, drug addiction and dependency develop in the same way almost every time. Someone is either prescribed a drug or takes it recreationally. When the drug’s effect ends it leaves, the user feeling empty and unhappy and may result in withdrawal.
In order to make their feeling of emptiness go away, the person uses the drug again. This results in a vicious cycle and because of the constant use, a tolerance towards the abused drug begins to develop. With the growing tolerance, the user will start to take more and more of the drug in order to feel the same effects as when they first took it. This constant use and increasing of dosage can result in dependence, addiction, and, in many cases, overdose.
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Advantages of Out-of-State Treatment
Going out-of-state to treat your addiction is a huge step in treating your addiction, and we understand that you may have some skeptical thoughts about the situation, understandably so. Though it may be intimidating at first, going out-of-state for your addiction treatment is (in most cases) much more effective than staying in-state.
Out-of-state drug rehab is worth considering becauseit is proven to be more effective than in-state treatment.When comparing short-term residential drug rehab in-state and out-of-state, the latter has a 12 percent increased completion rate. In addition to significantly better residential treatment programs, out-of-state treatment medical detoxification programs have an eye-widening 20 percent increased completion rate when compared to in-state.
Because substance abuse and addiction affect your whole life in general, treating your addiction will change your life as well. For people wanting to cure their addiction and change their lives, it can be dangerous to stay in familiar environments. Peer pressure or constant triggers can be common if the person suffering from addiction stays in their home environment where the addiction originated from.
For some patients, out-of-state treatment is viewed as a chance to escape stressors and problems they may have back at home to focus on themselves. In the drug addiction treatment process, the patient’s comfort is the number one priority, and many people find themselves more comfortable making a new start for themselves in a new, sober environment.
Although substance abuse and addiction awareness are rising along with the rates of abuse and addiction due to our current opioid epidemic, there is still a stigma towards rehabilitation and treatment. Many people considering treatment fear that they will be judged by friends, associates, and sometimes even family members.
Seeking out-of-state treatment gets rid of that fear. Seeing as most treatment centers are completely confidential, it is very easy to begin an out-of-state treatment program without anyone knowing. Upon completion of the program, when the patient returns back home, they can simply say they went on a vacation or anything similar.
While it may seem like a good idea, surrounding yourself with friends and loved ones while going through recovery may sometimes prove counterproductive. It is not rare for a patient to focus on their loved ones more than themselves, and that can cause addiction treatment to be less effective. The point of treatment is for the patient to live a life free of addiction, and it is difficult to achieve the end goal with so many distractions serving as obstacles along the way.
While enrolled in out-of-state recovery, the patient has no outside distractions to worry about, such as family, friends, or relationships. For many people, leaving their distractions behind both physically and mentally is one of the major steps in their successful recovery, as they can focus exclusively on treatment.
Drug rehabilitation is voluntary unless it’s court mandated. Many people forget that if anyone wants to leave at any time, they can simply sign out and walk out. In-state, this has a much higher probability, as a friend or family member can simply pick up the now ex-patient to return to the same environment. This happens much more than people think and is one of the main reasons why relapse is so common.
Another incentive for patients to stay in their out-of-state treatment program is the money invested in the treatment. From travel costs to medication costs, any money spent is money you cannot get back. Because of this, people are less likely to waste money and quit, and would rather just finish their treatment
In selecting a treatment center, there may be only a few possibilities for someone only considering in-state programs. Having a wider variety of options available makes it easier to choose the center that is perfect for you, which is one of the most important factors in determining the success of a treatment program.
This also makes it more likely that you will find a treatment center that is more qualified and in general better than your in-state, local center. Though the cost of treatment may be high, the value of sobriety is much higher. In some cases, if the patient has insurance, the cost of treatment in the state can be potentially the same in any other place in the United States.
Advantages of In-State Treatment
While out-of-state treatment has many more pros than cons, it is sometimes unavailable to some patients. In this case, in-state treatment may still be effective in helping someone suffering from drug and/or alcohol abuse or addiction.
Though sometimes friends and loved ones can prove as distractions, it may comfort the patient to know that they are not far from their friends and family. This is important in the drug addiction treatment process because the client’s comfort comes first. If a patient is not comfortable or happy during treatment, the rate for successful recovery drops significantly.
It is important to note that this type of case is less common, and it is more likely that friends and loved ones, combined with staying in the area where your addiction started, will pose more of a distraction. For this reason, out-of-state treatment, with nothing to stray you from your journey to recovery, remains more effective than in-state treatment.
Most insurance policies do cover out-of-state treatment, but at Arete, we know that every case is different. If your insurance does not include out-of-state drug treatment in its details, engaging in treatment out-of-state can prove very costly. Keep in mind that a price increase is not guaranteed, and the treatment center may be the same price as an in-state center.
In most cases; however, your insurance policy will cover both in-state and out-of-state treatment programs. The best way to check what your insurance does and does not include is by checking the specific details of your policy.
The drug rehab process includes a variety of both psychological and physical changes and it may sometimes seem like a lot for a patient to handle. By staying in a familiar environment, someone suffering from addiction can more easily adapt to the many changes they will experience during treatment.
While the initial level of comfort would most likely be higher during in-state treatment than out-of-state treatment, it is very easy for a patient to be accommodated and feel comfortable in out-of-state treatment. In the comfort of in-state treatment, one may run the risk of becoming “too comfortable”, and not take their treatment seriously.
What Is The Best Option For Me?
The choice between in-state or out-of-state drug treatment can be a difficult one, and if made without proper preparation, that choice can possibly be the reason for the success or failure of your recovery. There are three things to consider when choosing which is the better choice for you: people, places, and things.
Though it can be a difficult decision, going out-of-state is most likely the best option for any person who needs professional help. If unsure which is better, you should consider out-of-state treatment to be the more effective of the two. As evidenced above, there are many more upsides of leaving the state for treatment than staying in close proximity to where you suffer/have suffered from addiction.
Our friendly, experienced staff at our recovery centers are ready to provide 24/7 support during medical detoxification, residential treatment, and every step in between. By putting the patient first, we ensure that the journey to recovery is done the right way, the Arete Way.
If you require more information or have any questions regarding in-state and out-of-state treatment, Arete Recovery is more than happy to provide assistance. Call us at (855) 781-9939 or contact us online and let us help you or anyone you may know in their journey to recovery.
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