Changing location matters when picking a drug and alcohol rehab.
When it comes to drug and alcohol rehab I’m an expert. You see in the past 35 years I’m been to 9 of them. I know people who have been to the dentist less times then I have been in rehab. The first time I went to drug and alcohol rehab, I went out of state. I was living with my parents in New York. After one of the saddest mornings in my life, found me on route 81 bound for drug and alcohol rehab. My 6-year-old sister found me passed out in the bathroom singing. She stood over me calling my name but only my lips moved. The drug and alcohol rehab I went to was 4 hours away and a different state than the one my parents lived in was chosen for the simple fact that, they needed a break.
Substance Abuse Recovery Is Difficult Close To Home
Being located at a drug and alcohol rehab that was 4 hours away took running away out of the picture and it kept my parents pretty far away. They couldn’t run to see me every time I cried, and boy did I cry. I wanted drugs, I needed to drink, but all I could see outside those doors in Pennsylvania was black bears and trees. So the drug and alcohol rehab must have worked right? I must have found a great substance abuse recovery program right? Wrong.
Aftercare Services in Addiction Treatment Should Be Far from Home.
Here’s what happened next, I went right back home to my home town and found all the drugs and alcohol were right where I left them, in the crack houses and liquor stores I knew so well. I went right back to using and saw my sister again crying and holding on to the leg of my Mom as I was dragged out the door again to another drug and alcohol rehab in another state this time, Minnesota, then Minnesota again, then Utah, then in state in NY 5 minutes from my parents house, then Pennsylvania again, then Florida… twice.
Rehab and Aftercare Out of State Worked
Confused? Probably. Here’s the point. Drug and alcohol rehab can be either out of state or in state but what worked best for me was when the aftercare and the recovery community I would be joining were all far from my home. This forced me to stay in touch with my drug and alcohol rehab and make friends in the new substance abuse recovery community. If my old friends were around and my family was there, I would not have learned how to pick myself up. That is the key to the whole question of should I go to a drug and alcohol rehab in state or out of state? Go where you will be forced to pick your self up using only the help of the drug and alcohol rehab and
substance abuse recovery community. When we are away from our family we can focus on ourselves. Then when we meet then again we can give only the best we have learned in our recovery. That’s what happened to me. Now my sister is 19 and in college and remembers only how much I love her.