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Can I Go to Any Alcohol Rehab in Any State?

Yes, you can go to any alcohol rehab in any state.

Harper, one of my closest colleagues, started using alcohol at the end of 2020 while in a pandemic. Because of her loneliness and family issues, she started having alcohol.

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But day by day she faced several personal and professional problems including managing her anger issues, dealing with any circumstance, not making an appropriate decision, and so on. And she decided to search for a rehab and be there, which is an out-of-state alcohol rehab.

As she thought, by this she can easily be out of her family, can ignore the triggers, be able to see a new place, and so on. In this blog, we are going to show you why out-of-state rehab is beneficial, tips, challenges you may have, and so on.

How Far Should I Travel for Treatment?

some factors to consider while travel for treatment

It needs to be far from your state but not too far and it requires several hours to travel. Or can’t access it easily. 

But first of everything you need to choose the rehab which goes with all your requirements and needs. That may include-

The type of treatment you need

Select and finalize the type of treatment that you need which can be inpatient, outpatient, support care, extended care, and so on. Search for the rehab that provides your expected treatment. Also, search for their facilities.

Suppose you lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, and wanted a residential outpatient rehab. But residential inpatient rehab is located in Union City which is far away from your city. But an inpatient rehab that isn’t residential is located in Weehawken which is comparatively near to you.

So, choose the rehab which gives you a suitable option while in rehab, and if you are thinking about aftercare too then you should go for Weehawken.

Your budget

Select the rehab that matches your budget. As for some out-of-state alcohol rehab, state insurance may not be applicable. In that case, rehab needs to be on a budget. A typical inpatient rehab costs $500 – $80,000 that depends on the location, type, and facilities. 

So, set your budget today.

Your support system

Select a rehab that can be easy to visit for your loved ones. A too-far rehabilitation may arise some issues while traveling including harsh weather, roadblock, and so on. And you need your family in rehab for the family sessions, and meetups. 

So, choose rehab keeping these in mind.

Your personal preferences

‌Find out the rehab where your preferences match including treatments, sessions, aftercare programs, amenities, and so on.

Benefits of Going to an Out-of-State Alcohol Rehab

Change is needed while recovering in rehab. And a destination change may create a positive impact on you rather than a negative one. It also includes-

Distance from triggers

Out-of-state rehab may be able to keep you away from the place, people, and surroundings that are the root of your addiction and also can’t trigger you. In a new place, you must get a chance to deal with new circumstances and be sober as well as stay sober without any trigger here.

New environment

Here in rehab, you get a new place to live, new surroundings to explore as well as new individuals to know. That helps you to forget the facts that cause your addiction. As well here you get to know and talk with specialists as well as addicts. 

And get to know different types of stories and outcomes. That may help you to stay focused and motivated in the future.

Less distractions

In the out-of-state rehabs, they are located in a place that is away from daily life noises as well as surrounded by nature. 

And a calm and clean environment may help you to complete your treatments and sessions without any distractions.

New perspective

In out-of-state alcohol rehab, you get to introduce and live with different types, personalities, and the age of people from different places too. 

You get to know several stories, their experiences with addiction, and so on. That results in a change in your perspective. 

In your state you know a limited number of things but here you get several ideas from everyone.

Challenges to Going to an Out-of-State Alcohol Rehab?

Did you get anything in life without a challenge? Most probably the answer is ‘NO’.

No one can achieve anything without challenge. Same for rehabilitation. And it becomes more challenging when you are planning for an out-of-state rehab. That involves-


Out-of-state rehab must be an inpatient rehab as you can’t visit there regularly if you are in outpatient rehab. 

And for inpatient rehab, the total expense is a bit high up to $80,000 depending on the facilities they provide, treatment type, number of sessions, amenities, and so on. And as it’s out of state, the state insurance may not be applied here.


The distance of your rehab can be both good and bad. As your loved ones may not be able to visit you frequently. Even in the family therapies or sessions that might be difficult to see you. 

Also, as it’s far away from your known area so the new surroundings sometimes may become challenging for you.

Being away from family and friends

Not having your loved ones around you is challenging. And it becomes more challenging when you are away from your surroundings. Sometimes it may take time in rehab to cope with the situation and accept the fact.

Feeling isolated

Sometimes you may feel alone in a new environment. And there must be some existing groups and you may become lonely in the new environment. And takes a certain period to be normal.

Culture shock

In out-of-state rehab, the culture changes with the change of state. And it’s usual. But as an addict, it becomes quite difficult to accept and cope with such changes that aren’t familiar to you.

Additional Tips for Choosing an Alcohol Treatment Facility Out-of-State

Here are some tips and tricks for selecting your rehab. Place, cost, treatment plan are the common thing to know but some additional tips for choosing rehab are-

Do your research

Search for rehab which matches your requirements and deals with the problems you have. You can use books and websites for the research. You can use The Salvation Army USA, American Addiction Centers, SAMHSA, and so on for the research.

Ask about the facility’s accreditation

List the rehabs that match your needs. Then find out the facilities they offer including treatment plans, session numbers, individual rooms, a gym, yoga, and so on.

Ask about the facility’s success rate

Go through the review session of the individual rehab. Then ask the rehab about their success rate for different treatment plans. Find out if your suggested treatment plan by the specialist matches the most success rate.

Find out about the facility’s cost

Try to know the overall cost. And make things clear about which expenses are included and excluded from there. Also, try to know the additional fees including extra sessions, aftercare, extra amenities, and so on.

Out-of-state rehab is a good option if you want to get rid of addiction. It helps you to be away from your triggers that may cause relapse. As well as create a new view and perspective in your mind.

But there are some drawbacks too as it’s too far from your residence than the aftercare program that might be tough to join. In the above blog, we get to know thoroughly about out-of-state rehabilitation.

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