Choosing to travel for treatment or stay local is one of the first decisions many patients and families have to make when selecting where to begin their addiction recovery journey. There are strong reasons for both sides.

Why Travel for Treatment?

Here are some of the main reasons people choose to cross state lines for treatment:

Cost Savings

Some of the local programs in your area may be out of your price range in terms of insurance or privately paying. Oftentimes patients utilize insurance benefits to pay for treatment and while some in-network options may be close by, there are some that may be quite far. Traveling may mean a better cost savings or financial fit for the patient and family. Our private pay families also look to make sure the location they are selecting is one that meets their goals both clinically and financially.

Better programming and quality of care
Some patients and families, particularly in very rural areas, don’t have local access to quality addiction treatment care. Finding accredited therapists, facilities and quality programming can sometimes mean traveling for drug and alcohol rehab. It is important to not let a specific number of miles dictate the treatment you will receive. Choosing the best treatment center for your goals is an important first step to living the sober life you deserve.


High quality programming can sometimes mean a wait list. For patients whose needs are urgent, this could mean traveling to receive immediate assistance. We would urge you to call right away to determine if we have availability of you on an immediate basis. We are committed to helping you find care in a timely fashion, even if that means going elsewhere.

Avoiding Enablers and Triggers

Some patients need to distance themselves from common temptations and people that may bring negativity to their life. Finding a new community for treatment will eliminate easy access to enablers and familiar triggers.

Staying Local

Sometimes patients are not able to travel for treatment even if they may wish to. Some of the most common reasons you may not may not be a candidate for traveling to treatment are:

  • Legal issues: Sometimes the law prohibits individuals from leaving the state
  • Insurance: Some insurances will not cover out-of-state treatment.
  • Family role: Some families will be participating in the treatment program through family counseling and local treatment may provide for better access for family care.

Whether you are looking at JourneyPure Serenity Network as a destination or as a local option, we’d love to talk more about how we can help you get health and stay healthy.

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