Location is an important part of choosing which drug rehab you attend. There are benefits and disadvantages to being close to home or traveling further for treatment. For addicts who have not gone through treatment before and may only need some strong guidance, education on addiction and support from those who have been through the process of recovery attending an outpatient program may be a good choice. The recovering individual will be able to keep some semblance of their daily life while getting the help they need to stop using. While outpatient care does work for some recovering addicts, it is often not enough for a person who has been through treatment before or who has a long standing problem with drugs or alcohol.
For these individuals attending a long-term, inpatient program is crucial in achieving sobriety. A person who has had unsuccessful attempts at treatment or who has been using for a long time will need more intensive care and time away from the daily temptations they face at home. Attending a program further from home is recommended so that the individual has distance and time on their side when they are going through such a difficult process.
It is understandable that families want to remain close to their loved one as they struggle through the challenge of getting clean but sometimes the best thing for them is space and time for them to focus on their needs. This does not mean that family should not be part of one’s recovery. A good rehab will include the client’s family in the recovery process. They will include both the individual getting treatment and their family in many of the functions and education provided. This helps to ensure that when the recovered individual returns home all the necessary changes are made within the family dynamic and household for both parties to feel comfortable and successful in long-term sobriety.