One of the unfortunate realities of addiction is that it often begins at home. The dysfunction we experience in our family dynamics, careers, personal relationships and various other areas of our lives are common reasons to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, and can lead to subsequent substance use disorder (SUD). Data from Yale University, among various other sources, points to a direct correlation between chronic stress and addiction.
The struggle of trying to achieve and maintain recovery while maneuvering within a toxic family structure, punitively stressful job or unsupportive and potentially harmful social circle can all very easily lead to relapse—and these factors can be very hard to avoid when we seek treatment close to home. Out-of-state addiction treatment can help you or your loved one escape the negative factors that can derail recovery and lead to relapse.
With Friends Like These: Social Substance Use and Relapse
Researchers from Davidson College illustrate the profound role that social contact has on the development and perpetuation of substance use disorder. When we’re in the throes of addiction, the people that we’re using with can feel like family because they help us score drugs and make it easier to drink. When everything falls apart in our lives and we’re forced to realize that we need help, whether it’s because of DUI, serious health diagnosis, job loss or anything else, one of two things often happen: they completely abandon us or try to pull us back into a life of substance abuse and all the dysfunction that goes with it.
Whether their intent is malicious or not, and it’s very often just a matter of social routine, it’s important that we’re able to extricate ourselves from these circumstances and make a clean break. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that teenagers and adolescents are at a particularly high risk of exposure to the social pressures that lead to and sustain addiction.
A Family Thing: When the Fabric of the Safety Net Wears Thin
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services reports that people who abuse substances are likely to find themselves increasingly isolated from their families, and that different treatment issues emerge based on the age and role of the person who uses substances in the family and on whether small children or adolescents are present. As supportive as our families want to be during this important and critical period in our lives, the emotions, logistics, and potential drama that comes with the transition into recovery can be potentially chaotic and test the strength of the family unit even more: Pre-established boundaries get broken, trust gets violated, feelings get hurt and everyone involved can easily end up worse off than when they were before the treatment process.
Out-of-state addiction treatment allows prospective patients to build their confidence, independence and sense of accountability on their own without having to worry about how inevitable mistakes and setbacks will irreparably impact the family dynamic.
Most residential treatment facilities offer a family therapy period to help patients re-establish a healthy relationship with their loved ones. These programs allow families to better understand the disease of addiction and their roles and responsibilities in their loved ones’ recovery. Family therapy usually occurs at the end of a treatment program so clients and their families are fully ready to engage in the process and be ready to fully transition into healthy interaction on the first day after treatment. Out-of-state rehab provides clients with the temporary distance and opportunity for perspective needed to reform health family and social relationships.
Out-of-State Treatment Can Become Destination Treatment
Atmosphere and environment play a tremendous role in the addiction treatment and recovery process. The reality is that the physical and psychological rigors of the withdrawal process can easily trigger relapse, and these conditions can be significantly exacerbated by harsh or unforgiving climate. One of the reasons why areas like Florida and Texas have become ideal for out-of-state addiction treatment and recovery is that they offer warmer climates and more forgiving atmospheric conditions to help patients overcome the acute stages of withdrawal. They can also provide a supportive, comfortable and discreet environment in which patients can get help medical help for their detox.
Get The Help You Need Now
Distance and perspective can be a remedy in many difficult times in our lives, and there are few situations that require more emotional investment than overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. Out-of-state addiction treatment can provide the distraction-free healing paradigm that patients need while allowing them to maintain regular contact with their families when they need it. The process does not cut patients off from their loved ones, but instead gives them the opportunity to heal as individuals, and not “burdens” to the people they love. Recovery Unplugged offers comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction treatment to patients all over the country at multiple locations. Call us today to see if destination treatment is right for you or your loved one.