Should I Travel for Addiction Treatment?

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When choosing a treatment center, you want as few barriers as possible. That is why many people assume that a nearby drug treatment facility is the best choice. You don’t have to arrange for transportation. Family members can keep in touch. It can also be more affordable. However, a local treatment facility isn’t always the best option.

At The River Source, we recommend assessing your unique situation and then making a decision. The right fit could be in your state, or it could be on the other side of the country. Let’s discuss the pros and cons to in-state and out-of-state addiction treatment centers and why traveling may be the right move.

What Does Your Insurance Cover?

Usually, the first step is to speak with your insurance provider and find out which treatment facilities they cover. Insurance policies are all different, so it’s important to get the specifics on your plan. It’s possible that your insurance covers a portion of treatment, all of treatment or up to a certain limit. After the phone call, you should have a firm idea of which drug rehabs are in-network and how much care is covered.

Pros and Cons to Traveling for Treatment

In some cases, it’s effective to travel to a new city or state to get the professional attention you need. Also, by opening yourself up to out-of-state treatment, you have hundreds to thousands of accredited rehabs to choose from. Finding quality care won’t be a challenge.

The advantages to traveling for rehab are:

  • Distance yourself from your triggers

  • Less temptation to walk away from treatment

  • Higher chance of completing the program

  • New environment/climate to recharge the mind

  • More private and confidential

The disadvantages to traveling are:

  • Must arrange for transportation

  • More difficult to set up an aftercare plan

  • Support system is further away  

Pros and Cons to Seeking Local Treatment

If you live near a large city, you may have a lot of treatment options open to you. Staying local can make sense, especially if you’ve found the right fit and can commit yourself to a full recovery.

The benefits to choosing a local rehab are:

  • Usually more affordable

  • Remain close to loved ones

  • Friends and family can be involved in the recovery process

  • Familiarity with the local resources and community

The drawbacks to receiving treatment locally are:

  • More temptation to leave the facility

  • Distraction from friends and family

  • Less distance from your triggers

  • May be settling for a lower level of care

Finding the Right Fit

When it comes to selecting an in-state or out-of-state treatment center, there is no right or wrong answer. Getting some type of help is most important. That said, the best treatment center will set you up for a successful recovery. Keep an open mind as you review your choices for treatment.

The River Source is pleased to be a top choice for both in-state and out-of-state patients. We have affordable rates and accept most major insurance plans. To accommodate out-of-town patients, we have a travel reimbursement. To learn more about our services, please call us today!