Does traveling to a new area help to get clean from drugs?
Moving to a new city is not going to force you get clean. Yes, you will get away from the friends who use drugs and the dealers. And, you may get off to a fresh start for a while. But, without a plan and a program, things will soon fall apart.
Why does traveling not work?
When you move to a new city, you bring the source of your problems with you. Addiction to drugs is a medical condition that exists in your brain. There are real changes that happen in the structure of the brain. Your brain goes with you when you travel. You can’t get away from it. Every city in the world has drugs. You will eventually find them.
So, is traveling ever a good idea?
If you have a plan, moving can help. If you are going to a drug treatment program or a sober living home, then you have a plan. Then, being far from your bad influences is a good thing. You can work on getting better. You can surround yourself with friends in recovery. Your new friends are clean and they work a program.
What about being away from family?
While your family wants to help you to get better, they may not know how to help. Your family did not train in addiction treatment. In fact, they may work against your recovery efforts. You should be in a strong program, building a strong foundation for recovery. So, you need time and space to work on yourself within a structured environment.
What should you do before making travel plans?
Do not travel without making plans first. You should plan to live in a safe place. This means a home such as a sober living home. Here, you will find yourself immersed in an atmosphere of recovery. You should also get to know the meeting times and locations for 12-step meetings. A sober living home will help with meetings. You may even want to consider a more intensive treatment program.
Where can you get more information?
There are many sources of information about treatment programs and sober living arrangements. Many are excellent. But, you should be careful and research programs carefully. If you would like to speak with us about available treatment programs and living arrangements to meet your needs, please call today. 844haltnow (844-425-8669). We would be happy to discuss your situation and how we can help.