When to Travel or Stay Local for Treatment

Addiction looks different for everybody. Some addictions are more severe than others, with different substances involved and all have different root causes. This is why there are so many different options available for addiction treatment. Some people may want inpatient treatment, while others may find that outpatient works just fine. Some may need medicated assisted detox, while others might not. Some may want to travel and get away for treatment, while others need to stay local. Learning what is best for you and when to travel or stay local for treatment can make a significant difference in your long-term recovery process.

When to Travel for Treatment

Treatment is a big commitment, but it is one that will save your life. Traveling for treatment ensures that you are focusing wholeheartedly on your recovery without any distractions. You are able to remove yourself from your familiar environment, meet new people and explore new surroundings


When you go to treatment in your local area, you run the risk of being there with people you know. While this might not bother everyone, some people may find that anonymity is best for their recovery. Opening up to people in a group or individual therapy may be more difficult if there is someone you know in the room.

Create Distance from Triggers

Triggers are situations that could make an individual want to use again. Triggers can be anything from a stressful argument with your partner, walking by a bar, or the smell of cigarettes. Everyone has different triggers, and sometimes these triggers might be places or people in your local area. It is best to travel for treatment if your triggers are local so you can develop coping strategies that will serve you after discharge.

When to Stay Local for Treatment

When it comes to choosing a treatment center, sometimes traveling isn’t realistic for some people. This is especially true if someone lives in large cities with many options, or for those with a strong support system. However, there can be some downsides to staying locally, but choosing what is right for you is a choice only you can make.

A Strong Support System

If you have a very strong support system in place with loved ones who will work to keep you accountable, then staying local might be better for you. People who are very close to their loved ones and find that they need their local support might not want to travel for treatment. Having a strong aftercare plan in place and local people to support you can also be extremely beneficial to recovery.


Traveling for treatment can be costly. The flights to and from the treatment center, travel costs for family or loved ones to visit you and the cost of living might be unrealistic.

Less Severe Addiction

If your addiction is in its early stages, staying local for treatment might work well for you. While it is important to get help for addiction at any stage and take it seriously, people with less severe addiction may still find success at a local treatment center.

About Cliffside Malibu

Whether you decide to travel or stay local for treatment, it is extremely important to get the help you need for your addiction. Entering into a residential treatment center can help you focus on yourself and getting healthy again. For more information on traveling to Cliffside Malibu, or staying here locally, give us a call. Our admissions specialists will help you through the entire process so that you will know exactly what to expect.

Since no two addictions are the same, Cliffside Malibu offers an individualized treatment plan for every client. We are committed to providing evidence-based treatment through a continuum of care model including medically supervised detox, residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient services. Our program also includes family therapy and holistic therapy, as well. Whether an individual is suffering from substance abuse and/or alcohol addiction, our programs are structured to create a supportive environment where healing can begin.

In addition to world-class treatment, Cliffside Malibu offers luxury accommodations, a serene environment, five-star dining, and plentiful amenities. We understand that addiction treatment is a rigorous process. Therefore, we provide for your comfort and relaxation at every turn, allowing you to rejuvenate, and meet the demands of treatment with your greatest energy and attention.

For more information on Cliffside Malibu, visit cliffsidemalibu.com