Have you ever started researching about the best addiction treatment centers only to be stumped by the fact that there aren’t really a lot of viable options near you? Oftentimes, if you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, you may be hesitant to send them away from home to a residential treatment facility out of state. This reluctance can be caused by co-dependency issues or the inability of family members to lend their support in person. Sometimes to find the best addiction treatment, you need to look outside of your home town.
However, most experts agree that a rehabilitation location very close to home can be counter-productive since the factors that caused the substance addiction in the first place are still present. Additionally, close proximity to home can make dropping out of rehab too convenient.
“After a week or two, every client goes through the same process,” states Abiecunas. “The drugs and/or alcohol are getting out of their system. They’re beginning to feel a little bit better physically, but now they’re feeling emotions they haven’t been feeling for a long time. They no longer have the tools to handle those emotions. This is the point in their treatment when they enter flight mode. ‘I feel better, I’ve got to go. It’s time for me to leave.’ If they’re in a facility close to home, the ability to leave is very simple. They walk out the door and call the dope dealer who comes to pick them up and the downward spiral begins again.”
If the client is several states away from home, the possibility of leaving treatment becomes more difficult. Now, the drug addiction counselor can say “Where are you going to go?” How are you going to get there? They can utilize their motivational interviewing skills to make them understand that it is vital they complete the program.
Family Participation is Crucial to the Rehabilitation Process
The counselors at The Discovery House know the importance of family involvement in the treatment program. Residents’ families are encouraged to visit as soon as possible after the initial seven days of rehabilitation treatment. If they can’t participate in person, visits using Skype or other electronic applications are an effective method to keep in touch.
Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family. When one member of the family struggles with a drug or alcohol addiction, everyone suffers. Since the actions of the addict impact all of their loved ones and close friends, a family addiction program can be very beneficial on the road to sobriety. The Discovery House provides educational and relapse prevention sessions for families of residents and helps family members regain their peace of mind.
Offering a variety of treatment modalities that allow each client to receive the best addiction treatment they deserve, The Discovery House works with other professionals and therapists to provide a full continuum of care. To learn more about The Discovery House, call us at (818) 452-1676.
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