acquiesce - December 2nd, 2021

Why Travelling Away from Home for Rehab May be a Good Idea

At Acquiesce, we often talk about the advantages of our urban recovery model which integrates addiction recovery into an individual’s local community, however, there are also a number of benefits to travelling away from your local area to a rehab further away from home.

In this guide, we’re going to be looking at why travelling away for rehab may be a good idea.

Greater Privacy

One of the most common reasons many people suffering with an addiction do not seek the right kind of help is because they are afraid or ashamed of what other people may think about them if they found out they had an addiction or were attending a rehab.

Whilst it is important to fight the stigma surrounding addiction, we understand that many individuals aren’t yet ready to make their addiction public, which is why travelling to a residential rehabilitation centre further away from home may be a better idea than attending a local one. By doing this, the individual can relax in the knowledge that they are far less likely to bump into someone they know and won’t have to worry about explaining their current situation, allowing them to focus better on their recovery.

A Healthy Break from Triggers

One of the biggest benefits of travelling away for rehab is that the individual gets away from many of the harmful influences that could trigger a relapse, such as the stress of work, familial responsibilities, pressure from friends and their usual routine.

Although it is important for the individual to learn to cope with these triggers once they return home, having that much needed break allows them to focus on what matters most: their detox and the recovery programme. 

It’s Harder To Walk Away

Whilst rehab shouldn’t feel like a prison, it’s important for the individual to stay and complete the whole programme in order to maximise their chances of a smooth recovery. However, in the first stages of recovery, it can be an emotional time, especially as this is when withdrawal symptoms are at their most severe and the temptation to go back to old habits is strongest. 

This means that to begin with, many individuals might wish to leave early on to go back to using again. By travelling away for rehab, it makes it much harder to call a family member or friend to come and pick them up or for them to just walk away before completing treatment, leading to a more successful recovery.

Time for Families to Heal

It’s important to remember that drug and alcohol addiction doesn’t just affect the individual but their family and friends too. By going away for rehabilitation, the family is given some much needed space to heal or come to terms with the individual’s addiction. It also allows them time to potentially cool off after any arguments and be in a much better mindset to help facilitate the individual’s recovery once they return home.

Getting Away From Old ‘Friends’ and Bad Habits

In many cases of addiction, there are a number of people within the individual’s circle who don’t always have their best interests at heart and encourage them to use drugs or alcohol again or frequently use the substance themselves around the individual making it much harder for them to resist, leading to a relapse.

By travelling away for rehab, they can remove themselves from these harmful friendship groups and focus on getting better. During the programme, they will also learn about avoiding these people in the future and why they aren’t really true friends if they don’t want you to get better.

Acquiesce Rehabilitation Centre

At Acquiesce, our aim is to deliver the most effective addiction treatment in quality, accessibility and cost. We use a combination treatment programme which incorporates both therapeutic and 12 step interventions, having found this approach to be the most effective in attaining long lasting recovery results.

We pride ourselves on offering a high level of focused, individual treatment to no more than 6 residential individuals at any one time, providing a high quality service at a low cost in an environment which encourages recovery.

Whether we’re close to home or far away, we’re here to help individuals start their recovery journey in an urban environment so they can learn how to cope in a realistic setting.

Get the Right Kind of Support

If you are struggling with an addiction and would like to schedule a free consultation with Acquiesce or find out more about our programmes, please call 01204 771940 or submit an entry form

Any questions you have will be answered by a member of our specialist recovery staff who will be happy to discuss the range of services we offer, in relation to your unique circumstances. Your enquiry and any personal information will remain confidential.

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