Even within the NHS, there are variations between treatment providers, specialisms and outcomes and that’s why you have control over where you receive treatment.

Many people continue to adopt the traditional approach of sticking with their local hospital or clinic for care, but it’s potentially a valuable opportunity missed.

When you are in need of addiction treatment whether you are accessing care privately or you’ll be funded, it’s worth weighing up whether the closest facility to home is the best fit for you.

In considering whether to travel for addiction treatment there are five tips that may really help your decision.


  • Investigate what treatment style is on offer


Addiction treatment can mean different things to different people and not all centres will offer the same kind of therapies and approaches.

It’s important to discover what kinds of therapy is offered and focused upon at the centres you are considering. 

Some centres will have a strong element of cognitive behaviour therapy – a talking therapy that helps you to reconsider and challenge the way you think. Many use the Minnesota Model 12 step approach that is inherent to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Some will use a mixture of these, perhaps along with other complementary therapies.


  • Consider if you’ll want visitors


It’s worth asking your treatment provider how involved your family and friends can be in your recovery and whether they can visit or get involved in group therapy sessions.

Family support sessions in recovery can be extremely valuable for all involved and can help to develop an understanding in you and them over how you can help each other going forward.

If your centre of choice allows for family involvement, you ought to consider how important that is to you all and how accessible your location of choice will be for family and friends.


  • Remember you’ll likely be separated from those you’ve been in recovery with


A powerful part of recovery is often the support and sharing of experiences with others in treatment. 

Choosing addiction treatment that is further away from home may mean you are less likely to be surrounded by people from the area where you live. This may be advantageous if you wish to keep your treatment separate from your usual life. There may be disadvantages in terms of limited face-to-face contact opportunities with anyone you become close to in treatment. 


  • Give thought to aftercare


Residential rehab is part of a longer-term recovery plan and when you leave there should be a long term strategy to help you avoid relapse.

If you are travelling for your addiction treatment it is important to consider how this aftercare treatment will work on a remote basis or whether it is practical for you to return for any necessary appointments.


  • Do some independent research


If possible seek to talk to other people who have accessed treatment at the centre you’re looking into and find out about their experiences.

You may be able to find reviews or other information online and it’s worth summing it all up to make an informed choice about the best place to undergo addiction treatment.