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Can I Go to Any Alcohol Rehab in Any State? Explore Your Opportunities

Possessing a deep reservoir of expertise, I ensure you can go to any alcohol rehab in any state.

Harper, one of the bright students of a renowned university, started using alcohol at the end of 2020 while in a pandemic. Because of her loneliness and family issues, she started drinking alcohol at that time.

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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 come to me. After knowing the family and other issues, I suggested she search for out-of-state alcohol rehab and be there.

From my perspective, she can easily be out of her family, ignore the triggers, able to see a new place, and so on. And the tricks worked so well. She ended her rehab on the last of 2021 and managed to be sober as well as control her triggers.

In this blog, we show how you can go out-of-state rehab, its benefits, tips, challenges you may have, and so on.

How Far Should I Travel for Treatment? Know In Depth

Based on my experience, I know 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 all you need to choose the rehab that 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. That can be inpatient, outpatient, support care, extended care, and so on. Search for the rehab that provides your expected treatment. Also, search for 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 that gives you a suitable option while in rehab, and if you are thinking about aftercare, too, then you should go for Weehawken from my perspective.

Your Budget

I suggest selecting 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, depending on the location, type, and facilities mentioned by many renowned websites. 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 cause some issues while traveling, including harsh weather, roadblocks, and so on. 

Also, you may 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 others.

Devid, a recovering alcoholic from my work place. He didn’t belong from here, he came from another state. 

He shared that where he lived, he tried to be sober there but somehow relapsed because of the triggers around him, especially the neighbor boy with whom he used to drink.

But here in out of state alcohol rehab, he was able to ignore the triggers as well. He wanted a peaceful place to walk that he got here. That was one of the reasons he traveled so far.

Benefits to 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. 

Even celebrities such as Matthew Perry, David Hasselhoff, Lindsay Lohan, and Andy Dick received out-of-state alcohol rehab. 

Such as David Hasselhoff received rehab from Passages Malibu, and Matthew Perry received rehab from AToN Center, which is almost 2 hours away from Matthew’s residence in Malibu.

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Going out-of-state alcohol rehab

When my patient Harper faced her battle with alcoholism, she embarked on a journey to find the right rehab program. She shared with me about what benefits she explored with personal experience. Those include-

Distance from Triggers: Avoid Negativity

Out-of-state alcohol 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 from Harper’s point of view. 

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

According to many researches, 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 far i know, and Harper mentioned. 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

Out- of-state alcohol rehabs are located in a place that is away from daily life noises as well as surrounded by nature. 

A calm and clean environment may help you complete your treatments and sessions without distractions. That happens in my patient Harper’s case. She managed to avoid triggers as she was away from her home.

New Perspective

In out-of-state alcohol rehab, you get to be introduced to and live with different types, personalities, and 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. 

Dr. William (Not his real name) a rehab director shared his thoughts mentioning, “In your state you know a limited number of things, but here, you get several ideas in a single fact 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 from my perspective. And it becomes more challenging when you are planning for an out of state alcohol rehab. 

I spoke to John, who traveled from New York to California for rehab. He shared his challenges of being far from home and how it ultimately led to his recovery. That involves-

Cost: Financial Status

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.

With firsthand experience, I can mention many avoid out-of -state rehab just because of the financial issues.

Distance: Away from Home

The distance of your rehab can be both good and bad. You may not visit your loved ones frequently. Even in the family therapies or sessions, that might be difficult for them to attend.

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, shared by many patients. 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 that Harper mentioned.

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, according to my findings.

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, which might be tough to join. 

In the above blog, you get to know thoroughly about out-of-state rehabilitation.

Tony McKenzie

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