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Mulling over the severity of drug addiction and deciding to go to rehab is one of the toughest decisions an addict will ever make. When you enter an inpatient facility, you’re committing to a stay in an unknown environment, around people you’ve never met before, and it’s in some ways no different than going in a hospital. It’s not a place that people want to go to. However, if you have a drug addiction severe enough to warrant inpatient treatment, entering rehab is always the right decision to make.

Once you’ve decided that inpatient rehab is the right thing for you, the next question to go over in your head is exactly where you’re going to get treatment. Some people don’t have the choice to go to a local facility, and sometimes the local rehabs aren’t something you’re comfortable with. Out of state facilities with outstanding reputations will sometimes draw people to them, and that’s a positive thing. If you’re considering traveling to rehab rather than going to a local facility, here are a few things to consider.

WHY TRAVEL FOR REHAB?

If there are a few facilities in your area, it might be that you feel traveling for rehab isn’t a good idea, and that’s fine. Many people will choose to remain in a local area for rehab, either because they don’t want to be far from their families or because their insurance requires it. For others with the choice to travel for rehab, there are a lot of reasons they make this decision:

  • Better quality rehabs in out of state or out of area networks
  • The opportunity to see a new state or area
  • A fresh start somewhere away from where you used
  • Greater assurance that you won’t just walk away from treatment
  • Chance to meet people from another state or area.

It’s for these reasons, and many more, that some addicts pack up and seek treatment in other areas or even other states. There have been a few occasions where people may even choose to get well in other countries, something that’s not common but not completely unheard of. Perhaps you’ve heard of a rehab in another area that has a much better reputation than your local centers, and you’ve found a way to fund that stay. Should you travel?

ACCEPTING THE CONS

Traveling for rehab isn’t always advantageous and will depend in large part on your situation. If you have a very close-knit family, the idea of being a state away from them may not be your cup of tea. You may want to make your family a part of your recovery, and if they’re many miles away, they might not be able to travel to you and take part in your recovery. For some people, there are a lot more reasons to stay than to seek treatment somewhere else.

Another big reason why someone may not feel the need to travel for rehab is when they live in an area that already has highly reputable and respectable drug rehabs nearby. After all, if you live in an area that’s packed with top-rated drug rehabs, why go anywhere else? You may live in a location that other people travel to for help. If that’s the case, it makes sense to stay where you are. If you decide to stay at home and seek treatment, it’s okay. Not everyone travels for rehab.

LOCAL HELP

The cost of going to a local rehab will almost always be cheaper than seeking out of area help. Not only is your insurance more likely to pay for an in-state rehab, but you’re also much more likely to get state financial help if you don’t have insurance. Money is always a big issue in just about every decision like this that we have to make. Nixing travel expenses can lower the overall costs of rehab and give you a much sunnier financial outlook when you’re out of rehab.

When you’re in a local facility, it’s much more likely that your family will also be able to participate in different phases of your treatment, making that a comforting thought as you enter the rehab. However, there are also the local temptations you might have to contact people that you used with, and the familiar sights and sounds of your area may be something that you have to address when you’re in a local facility. People are sometimes tempted to leave their facilities as well, and that’s a lot easier to do when home is just around the corner.

NO WRONG CHOICE

The great news is that whether you travel for rehab or not, you’re going to be entering a treatment facility that can help you recover from drug addiction and/or alcoholism. Entering treatment is a life-changing experience, one that will give you the strength you need to rebuild your life after a tragic experience with drug addiction. The world is a much different place for you after you go to treatment. It’s more wide open and more welcoming.

Traveling for rehab has its own set of challenges, but it’s one that is also worth it. Whether you go to a local rehab or travel out of state or even out of the country, for rehab, the important thing is that you’re going somewhere, anywhere, to get well from your affliction. You’ll find as you move through the phases of your chosen treatment center that your life gets better one day at a time, a little at a time. The longer you’re away from drugs, the more you see the insanity of drug addiction and the havoc it spreads through families and communities.

Reading about prospective rehabs can be an exciting experience before you dive into treatment. You’ll learn about each treatment center and decide whether or not its program for recovery is something that appeals to you. You’ll cross off most of the centers and choose only one that you believe will help you make the journey through recovery. One thing is for sure. Whether you go away for help or stay at home for help, you need to make the solid decision that you’re going to get help somewhere. If you travel and have the means to do that, and you want to get well, you will. And if you stay at home and get into a great treatment center, you can get well there, too. The only place you can’t get well is if you delay the decision for help.

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    EMPLOYMENT AND ADDICTION

    It’s not always the case, but many addicts are actually able to maintain employment and never stop caring about this facet of life. In fact, many addicts avoid treatment because they are afraid of how treatment might affect their current employment or even future employment. In the past, it may have been the case that addiction treatment would be a blight on one’s record, but in today’s world, the law protects addicts who seek treatment from being discriminated against in the workplace. You have a right to get help.

    Many employers recognize not just the law but also how treatment might benefit their employees when they return to the workplace after rehab. Addiction can take a drastic toll on work performance, and most employers want you to get help just as much as you want to get help for yourself. If you’re edgy about entering treatment because of employment, it can help to have a plan in mind when speaking to employers about taking time away to get help for an addiction.

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    A SERIOUS DISCUSSION WITH AN EMPLOYER

    It’s normal to be nervous about talking to an employer about an addiction. It’s even normal to be embarrassed about it, though there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Just like you perform a job for your employer, you’re going to have the job of sitting down with them to discuss your job and a possible stay in rehab. Honesty is always the best policy in life, and this situation is no exception. Be candid about your desire to enter treatment, and be honest about the amount of time you feel you’ll need to be away from work.

    Assure your employer that you will finish any work projects you have before taking time away. Let them know that part of the reason you’re seeking treatment is that you want to do better at your job and to rid yourself of something that might be hindering your performance in the workplace. Remember that you have no responsibility to tell your coworkers about what’s going on. You can tell them that you’re taking a leave from work. That’s all they need to know.

    LEGAL PROTECTIONS

    Something called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) keeps you from being discriminated against because of your taking a leave of absence to enter a rehab facility. You have the right to seek treatment, and your employer should be supportive of that. It doesn’t mean that every employer is going to be happy about it, but it does protect you from losing your job.

    The Family and Medical Leave Act is another protection that you have. If you qualify for it, you can take a leave of absence that’s up to 12 weeks long during any 12 month period, during which you can’t lose your job. Entering a treatment facility is a medical decision. It’s one that affects your health. Addiction is covered under the FMLA law.

    FINANCIAL ASSIST THROUGH EMPLOYER

    There are some instances where an employer wants to make sure that their employees get help for any existing addiction problems. After all, the effects of addiction drastically affect employee performance, and it’s in an employer’s best interest to offer services for their workers who suffer from addiction. If your employer offers this, you’ll need to prove medical necessity, but if you have an addiction, as defined by a DSM-5 diagnosis, this will be no problem at all.

    Many things might go into proving medical necessity, such as:

    • You have shown that you cannot get well with less intensive treatment
    • You’re strong enough mentally to benefit from rehab
    • You are capable of behavioral change
    • You show the motivation to get well

    These are just a few of the criteria, but in general, employers are very willing to let their employees get help in an inpatient facility. The fact is that you have an addiction, and you’ve shown your employer that you want to recover from this addiction and return to work and do an even better job. Addiction costs employers so much money and productivity that a good many employers now have services to refer employees for help. You’re taking the step of doing this yourself, and it shows that you genuinely want to get well. It’s a bold step that you should be proud of, and if your employer cares about you, they will be supportive, even if not celebratory, of your decision.

    GETTING THE HELP NEEDED

    It can be scary to think of talking to an employer about taking time away for drug addiction. Every employee who’s ever had to do this will tell you that it’s not a pleasant thing to think about, but it’s undoubtedly a necessary thing. If you continue to abuse drugs and/or alcohol, you will eventually see that your job performance suffers, and you may end up losing your job anyway in the future. If you go to treatment now and begin the process of getting better, you’re going to have much higher job security in the future.

    If you’re unable to secure your job and go to treatment at the same time, then it’s time for the tough decision. Do you go to treatment anyway and risk losing your job? That’s a matter that you’ll have to discuss with your employer and your family, and remember that you still have protections under the law. You can seek a lawyer if you feel you were unfairly terminated for seeking help in a rehab center. Remember that your life is on the line here. Many drug addictions, if untreated, will one day cost you your job or even your life. Knowing you need help is the first step to getting well, but just knowing you need help isn’t going to save your life.

    When you’re ready to go to treatment, it’s best to have everything set up and in place if possible so you can give your employer the exact dates of your absence. Be very transparent during the discussion with your employer, and make sure that they know how much you want, and need, help. In the case you’re unable to keep your job during an overly long treatment stay, be encouraged by the fact that many addicts who lost a job to go to treatment ended up finding an even better job later down the road. If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, the chances are very high that you’ll lose your job anyway without treatment. The sooner you’re in treatment, the better, even if it temporarily costs you a job. You can always get another job. You can’t ever get another life.

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    Suite #350
    Los Angeles, CA 90025

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    After we get some information from you, we’ll set up a time to discuss it with you in further detail.

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