For people needing an inpatient rehab program, it is common for them to choose a facility that is out of state. It provides an opportunity to work on their stabilization and recovery in an isolated setting that is hopefully free from distractions. This is especially a good idea for people who really need to get out of their local environment, and it is a helpful deterrent for those who would otherwise try to leave before completing treatment.

However, the practice of traveling out of state is not as popular as it once was, for a few reasons. One is because of the push for in-network covered facilities, of which there are likely some local options. Another reason is because people are going from detox directly into structured outpatient programs that offer PHP and IOP services.

So, the answer to the original question is, it depends on the person. It is often recommended that people first assess what their needs are and start looking for programs that fit those needs, whether they are in state or out of state. There are certainly more options if you’re open to going anywhere in the country for an inpatient rehab.

What About Aftercare?

This is a great question, and one that should definitely be asked, regardless of which program is chosen. Treatment isn’t over after a residential stay. Too many people have made the unfortunate mistake of thinking that 30 days away at rehab (or even 60 or 90 days) is all that is needed to recover. Many programs now offer multiple levels of care, including available housing or sober living for people to attend outpatient programs who might be from out of state.

Personalized aftercare programs should include some type of continued outpatient treatment as well as other recovery support services, such as a private therapist, a recovery coach or peer support specialist. These services should be located in your community so that they are readily accessible, and if not available then use technology-aided services.