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Looking for a treatment center for drug or alcohol addiction can be intimidating. There is a lot to consider, with a chief concern being: “where should I go?” Should you seek treatment in another state, away from home, or stay local?

While it may seem most beneficial to begin your journey to recovery far from home, away from triggers, our addiction experts always advise seeking help closer to home.

Family Support & Outside Resources

The support of loved ones is critical for long-term recovery. At the New England Recovery Center, we offer family engagement programming which teaches family members about the disease of addiction and how they can support your recovery.  These services wouldn’t be readily available if you seek treatment far from home and could make it much harder to sustain your recovery after returning home.

And, as a bonus, being in treatment close to home means establishing a healthy support network, beyond your loved ones, for when you discharge.

It also helps to ensure that instead of simply avoiding triggers, you learn to cope with them ahead of time. This is a critical step, as sometimes they are impossible to avoid. If you’ve been recovering on a sunny beach in Florida, far-removed from the realities of weather, work, enablers and personal triggers, you won’t have the tools needed to face them when you return home.

Cost Effectiveness

Many people have local insurance providers, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, that aren’t available in other parts of the country. Thus, going to a rehab out of state may mean more out-of- pocket expenses, as many insurance providers only cover local treatment. Additionally, travel expenses likely won’t be covered by insurance, leaving you on the hook for flights, trains or a road trip.

NERC, for example, is in-network with all major insurance providers including Optum (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, United Health Care, All Ways Health Partners), Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Aetna, Cigna as well as other plans.

Local Rehabs Know the Landscape

Going through treatment in your home state means that the center has likely established relationships with local sober homes and other support resources. At NERC, we help provide a comprehensive aftercare plan for you to follow once you leave us – whether you transition to a sober home, a Peer Recovery Center within our network, or to one of our many outpatient treatment centers across the state.

Additionally, local centers can connect you with outside support groups, from Alcoholics Anonymous to Narcotics Anonymous and many other aftercare programs that fit your needs.

We also know exactly what’s going on in Massachusetts. We know that overdose deaths are down, but overdoses are still on the rise. We know what’s going on in legislature and what changes in law and policy mean for our clients, and we can take immediate steps to keep you on track. Going to rehab across the country may mean your treatment plan is specific to a state where you don’t plan on living, and there may be confusion and road bumps upon return.

Choosing a local treatment center has great benefits, like lowering your out-of-pocket costs, not having to take as much time off from work and staying connected with family and friends. Once you’re out of treatment, it’s not going to feel like you’re returning to a whole new world and you’ll have an aftercare plan in place to help guide your recovery in the long term. As you search for a treatment center, consider staying close to home.

If you or a loved one is struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction, consider choosing the New England Recovery Center located in Westborough, Mass. Call us today at 1-877-MyRehab.

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