Why go to treatment away from home?
You or your loved one needs treatment. You think, he or she can go to outpatient treatment, continue to work, and still be at home with the family.
The problem with that thinking is both simple and profound. Very few addicts or alcoholics can manage to go through outpatient treatment successfully and then maintain sobriety.
A person suffering from the disease of addiction has lost his or her life to drugs and/or alcohol. Breaking free of addiction and the emotions and behaviors that foster addictive behavior requires concerted effort, determination, and focus.
Surrounded by family problems and stresses, environments associated with drinking or using drugs, and people from those activities makes it difficult to disengage.
Outpatient treatment relies heavily upon self-reporting. Sadly, the addict or alcoholic is not to be trusted to state what he or she is feeling. Indeed, in early recovery one is confused and scared.
Having the opportunity to go away to treatment and to be observed by certified addiction physicians, psychiatrists, nurses and licensed, Masters level therapists allows the team to really identify what is happening with a patient.
Getting sober and staying sober are two different actions. Getting sober is perhaps the easiest part of the process. But, without the foundation provided in inpatient treatment staying sober is harder. Give yourself or your loved one a fighting chance, take the time to go away to treatment.