The Pros and Cons of Being at Home in Recovery

The Pros and Cons of Being at Home in Recovery

Staying at home allows some people to continue working, and earning income while they are in an outpatient program

Giving oneself the greatest chance at success in recovery starts with choosing the right rehab for the individual. While there is not one facility or program that is right for everyone, there are over 14,500 treatment facilities in the United States alone, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.[1] Finding a treatment program or facility that specializes in individualized treatment is feasible, and a person doesn’t always have to travel far to find the treatment right for their recovery.

On that note, a person may wonder whether traveling for treatment is necessary or beneficial. Why would a person choose to leave home for outpatient or residential treatment?

There are many things to consider when choosing a rehab program or facility, but one must keep in mind, that the first priority is to find a rehab program that specializes in his or her needs, and then other things like location come into play. Many people come into the process of finding rehab with preconceived notions about where they should attend treatment, and whether or not it is best to travel. There are certainly benefits and downsides to both staying local and traveling for treatment. When people find the right rehab program they may travel out-of-state, out-of-country, or they find a facility in their own backyard. Keeping an open mind when it comes to the location where treatment takes place will allow for more options.

A few benefits of being at home in recovery, whether it as part of an outpatient program or staying locally in a residential treatment, include:

  • Utilizing insurance or other financial assistance options. Sometimes a person has access to grants, scholarships or insurance that will help fund the cost of treatment. In many instances, there are restrictions as to where an individual receives treatment, and geography is often a factor. People may want to use their in-network or in-state benefits to help them afford the cost of rehab. Leaving treatment with major financial debt can do more harm than good for people during recovery.
  • Being able to work during treatment. Some people absolutely cannot afford to stop working during treatment. Staying local will allow them to continue working, and earning income while they are in an outpatient program.
  • Integrating family and loved ones into the treatment and recovery process. Support is a necessity during recovery. Incorporating loved ones into the later stages of treatment and early recovery can build the foundation for a solid support network during recovery. Family and loved ones can benefit from receiving treatment, counseling and other recovery services themselves to learn about addiction and their role during the recovery stages. [2]

On the other end, there are also many benefits of traveling for rehab. These include:

  • More options for treatment. Willingness to travel can give individuals access to treatment centers that specialize in a variety of different things from spiritual-grounded treatment to treatment for teens, treatment for veterans to treatment for LGBT individuals, Dual Diagnosis treatment etc. [3]
  • Having an escape. Being able to travel can help people get away from the people and places that act as temptations or trigger addictive tendencies.
  • Not having an escape. If a person makes the effort to travel for treatment they are less likely to leave treatment early than they would at a center close to home.
  • No distractions. During treatment, rehab is the number one priority. An individual should not be thinking about work, relationships, responsibilities and other things. Time should be cleared out for treatment. When a person travels, he leaves many potential distractions behind. This allows him to focus his energy and time on getting better.
  • A sense of privacy. A lot of people want to keep their rehab-related issues as confidential as possible because it is a very personal matter. Traveling to rehab practically eliminates the possibility of running into a peer or local acquaintance. Treatment can feel more safe and confidential for people when they are not worried about who is seeing them in treatment, and who that person might tell.

Finding Recovery: Where Will You Go for Treatment?

Whether you have spent hours researching the different treatment options or are at the very beginning of your search, one of the most important things to understand is that you do have options and it is imperative for you to find the treatment that is right for your unique needs. Individualized treatment tailored to the addict’s specific set of issues is best route for recovery.

You want to make sure that your time in treatment is not a waste, that it does not do more harm than good, and that you actually are getting something out of treatment. You are not taking action and seeking treatment to appease others — you’re seeking treatment to make an important change and to find recovery. So from the very beginning it is necessary to take the time to consider which program and treatment options are going to best fit your needs.

How can you do this? You can certainly perform some research on your own. Learn the basics of substance abuse or addiction and what types of treatment are used. You can also speak to a recovery professional through a helpline. Recovery professionals can go a step further than providing you with information; they can provide you with information specific to your needs. Again, you want to find the treatment that is right for you. Calling a toll-free helpline allows you to ask questions, address concerns and get into specifics when searching for treatment. When you are ready, recovery professionals can even help find and connect you with the treatment programs and centers that will work for you.

If you’re ready to speak to a recovery professional about finding treatment, you can call our toll-free helpline any time. We’re ready to help.


[1] 2012, December. Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from

[2] Benefits of Going Out of State for Drug Rehab. New Beginnings Drug Rehab. Retrieved from on 2016, January 22.

[3] Traveling for Treatment. Dual Retrieved from on 2016, January, 22.