Many people search for treatment centers close to home, but we always advise our patients to travel. Why? Our reasoning pertains to research and information we’ve gathered about the recovery process. Here’s what we’ve learned:
- Traveling for treatment gives patients a chance to start over in a completely new environment. While one’s home environment is comfortable, home is also the place where an addiction or mental health condition went unchecked or untreated. A new place can usher in the development of new perspectives, hope and change.
- Friends and family are there to love and support us when we’re in need, but an individual who has been suffering from co-occurring disorders needs to find his or her own identity in a recovery lifestyle. Even the most well-intentioned loved ones practice enabling behaviors because they want to help the addicted person, who needs time and space to develop responsibility for his or her own behavior. Being away from family and friends can provide space for this critical growth period. In addition, not all family members and friends are well-meaning: For patients who have loved ones who also use substances or don’t support recovery, they may balk at the hard work of treatment when surrounded by negative influences. Our desire is to help patients find recovery-minded friends and to reincorporate the family at the appropriate time so that everyone can experience healing and support. Traveling for treatment makes it harder for family and friend issues to complicate early recovery, and the patient is encouraged to create a new, healthy identity in an environment of accountability.
- It’s harder to leave treatment when you travel. Treatment is a highly important process, and it requires transition, time, participation and room for growth. Especially in the beginning, patients will want to revert back to their old lifestyles. If patients are in or near their hometown, they can simply leave treatment and go home. But when they are many miles from home, the physical and emotional distance can inspire them to stay and continue the work of recovery. This is vital. Being far from home can encourage a commitment to finish the process that patients need in order to get better.
Black Bear Lodge is an ideal place for patients to travel for treatment and find the new space, perspectives and empowerment to rediscover wellness.
We are located in a serene natural landscape that provides a unique chance for peace and new life to take hold. Taking time away to recover from the disease of addiction and from untreated mental health issues can make all the difference, and we encourage you to take the opportunity to find yourself at Black Bear Lodge. Come see us and discover what we mean when we talk about renewal and transformation—our desire is to see you find lifelong healing from substance abuse and mental health conditions.
Contact us today to find out more about the admissions process.
We can arrange all your travel and ensure that you get to Black Bear Lodge in a timely, worry-free manner. Our admissions coordinators are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to discuss options with you and book your transportation.
Remaining in Treatment
One of the most important decisions our patients make on a day-to-day basis is the decision to remain in treatment. Staying in treatment is one of the most influential factors in achieving long term positive outcomes such as long term recovery, symptom remission, and improved of quality of life.
In a recent analysis of data collected from FRN residential facilities in 2014, it was determined that patients who attended treatment outside of their home state were significantly less likely to leave treatment early. In fact, patients who attended treatment out of state were 60% less likely to leave treatment against clinical advice. Attending treatment out of state is one way that patients can improve their chances of remaining in treatment and getting the most out of the residential treatment experience.
For questions or comments, please email Foundations Recovery Network Director of Clinical Services at [email protected].