When you are deciding where to go for rehab…
The decision to enter addiction treatment takes courage. And when that decision is made, one would think choosing a program and a place to go would be the easy part. But, selecting an addiction treatment program is like any other important life decision. It requires research, consideration and resolve. Whether you are making the decision for yourself or a loved one, you do have some autonomy as to where your treatment will take place and what it will look like. And the choice is an important one.
Living in Detroit, but going to rehab in Grand Rapids…
There are so many options: hospitality vs. hospital; cityscape or the great outdoors; rigorous programming vs. country club luxury, equine therapy, acupuncture, art therapy or yoga…. Oftentimes, it seems to make the most sense to go to addiction treatment near where you live. The familiarity and close proximity to home are an added incentive to make the leap.
But, sometimes, the right fit for rehab is not in your own backyard. And the correct choice can enhance the experience as well as improve your long-term recovery success. At Sanford House, we have many clients who come to Grand Rapids from the Detroit area. Detroit is approximately two and a half hours by car, and only an hour by plane from Grand Rapids.
Detroit – So Near and Yet So Far…
Grand Rapids and Detroit are nearby, but far enough away to create a manageable distance from those people places and things that might trigger a negative emotional response. It is easy to assume that traveling for treatment is just too “difficult,” but that is not the case. In fact, there are strong incentives to leave your home town if the treatment center out of town fits your criteria.
Time to reflect, decompress and prepare
Leaving the familiar might be frightening at first, but being in a new space gives a person time to concentrate fully on the program and their recovery. Putting physical distance in addition to psychological distance between your treatment and your responsibilities may be beneficial.
Outside meetings, excursions and trips to the doctor are typical during treatment, especially as treatment progresses. There is less chance of encountering an acquaintance, work colleague or extended family if your treatment is out of town. For some, the thoughts of seeing a familiar face is uncomfortable – they are not ready to share their disease with others. There is safety in knowing the anonymity of a new place.
The out-of-state commitment
Packing for a trip, even if it is a short distance, gives the sense of decisive action. There is an inherent commitment to “giving it your best shot,” and the mindset to start anew.
People, places and things…
The very things that seem familiar and comfortable can also derail recovery when they trigger previous responses. Changing old habits and shaking up the environment can help to rewire the natural reactions to outside stimulus.
Less distractions mean less temptations
We have found that a lack of distractions strengthens your early recovery. When family and work is nearby you can feel pulled towards perceived responsibilities. Distance helps to diminish the temptation to “take care of things”.
What Meets Your Needs?
The above are all important considerations when deciding where to go for addiction treatment. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to find a treatment facility that best meets your needs. If you find it difficult to express yourself verbally, a facility with Art Therapy or Equine Therapy might inspire you. If you are a marathon runner or a hiker, find a rehab with a rigorous wellness program.
Recovery begins in a particular place and there are many options for addiction treatment. We encourage you to find a location that suits your expectations and your lifestyle.