It’s June in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson or some other city in Arizona. If statistics stand the test of time this year, we could reach 118 degrees or more. Miserable doesn’t even come close. And if you or someone you love has decided that now is the right time to get into treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, environment does weigh in to the decision as well as the likelihood of success. No one said detox and the initial phases of recovery therapies were easy. But they don’t have to be unpleasant either. So, before you believe that going local is your only option when looking for addiction rehab in Scottsdale, stay open to something different. Because stepping outside the comfort zone is like the road less traveled. And for a path towards a life in recovery, getting away makes addiction recovery easier in the grand scheme of things.
21 Days to Break a Habit Is Harder Around the Familiar
If you’ve ever been on a diet, you know too well the struggles of staying on track. For example, imagine trying to stop the consumption of all carbohydrates. That means no more potato chips or pretzels. No more cookies or cake. No more sushi (sashimi is okay). No more alcohol. Yeah, now we’re getting somewhere. If any of these foods are part of your lifestyle, abstinence is even harder because it’s part of your life-routine.
Overcoming the temptation to use is a similar process because it has become an integral part of your life. Ask a recovering addict how best to achieve sobriety and you might hear “change your lifestyle”. One of the fundamentals to breaking a habit is removing the substance from where you live. But it isn’t that simple.
If you always placed a case of beer in the upper right corner of the top shelf of the refrigerator, even the sight of that empty shelf will remind you of what was once there – the beer. Or a liquor cabinet. Or a secret stash in a shoebox behind a jewelry box in the walk-in closet.
Breaking a habit is just about removing the drug or alcohol of choice from all those familiar places. It’s about putting some distance between you and the reminders of them. This is one of the reasons why addiction rehab away from home provides the time and space needed to break a habit.
People and Places Unknown Trigger Relapse Less
For some seeking to get out from under substance abuse, the social aspects of the disease are hardest to overcome. Most often, people who use drugs or alcohol don’t do it alone. They use with others at work, at the neighborhood bar or get their drugs from someone they know through a friend or an acquaintance at the gym, for example. These are instances where people and places serve as connections and reminders of where active addictive behaviors took place.
By traveling a distance to an inpatient residential addiction treatment center, patients invariably remove the relapse triggers caused by the people and the places that remind them of their substance use. Their road to recovery will have less distractions, allowing them to focus on healing.
Anonymity Isn’t Just for HIPAA, It’s for Peace of Mind
Privacy and confidentiality during addiction treatment is part of our Health Insurance Portability and Accountability “HIPAA” rules which adds security layers to protect patients in matters of healthcare. While this safeguards patient information, what may be of more concern to many people entering rehab is the need for anonymity.
Although going through addiction treatment close to home offers convenience, there’s nothing more inconvenient and awkward than running into someone you know during medical detox or group therapy. And because no one has a right to see a list of current patients before they sign up for treatment, there’s an increased risk it might happen when you go to rehab near home.
If you or someone you care about had options and a choice to stay in Arizona or go to drug treatment in Dana Point, California, the decision might not be a difficult one, especially during the summer heat. A change will do you good in Southern California. Ocean views and balmy breezes can be therapeutic.
A Brand New Start Begins in Recovery
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates
When a person gets to a point where they are ready to stop using and begin the process of recovery, getting the help needed may be more of a challenge than anticipated. Unfortunately, with many more people suffering with addiction to alcohol or drugs, there aren’t enough “beds” to treat all in need.
There are countless stories about openings in treatment facilities but;
- Insurance companies have their specific guidelines in what each client can partake in,
- The amount of money that will fall on the patient to fulfill their deductible may be cumbersome and,
- What programs will be covered compared to what program is best suited for the patient may be different.
These issues are magnified when a person isn’t open to seeking treatment outside their immediate community. Widening the search parameters for addiction rehab will provide more options and may help facilitate better treatment. If part of heading into a brand, new start is having the ability to leave the past behind, recovery may be better served by getting away from it all – at least for the short term.
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