How Isolated Should A Rehab Be?

The setting of a rehab is an interesting topic of conversation often with two very different opinions.

Some believe that a rehab should be far removed from society. A place where the addict will have no outside distractions from city life that includes bars and the opposite sex. This type of rehab is based on the theory of keeping recovery as the primary focus for the addict to embrace the best recovery.  The other side of the coin is the theory that Life is not rehab. Real life does not take place in the remote woods, without the triggers of local bars, restaurant and night life The theory that these rehabs have is to place their treatment facilities in city’s where the client will be challenged to keep their recovery, but also able to work through those challenges with a rehab staff by their side.

When selecting the rehab that best suits your own recovery keep in mind detoxing and triggers. Does the setting of your rehab adequately support a client who needs detoxing from their addiction? A facility should have different levels of intensive treatment for the client as they progress. Does the rehabilitation center offer an environment where the addict will be triggered in a healthy way? Isolation and protection from triggers may be necessary for a short period of time, but isolation is not conducive to long-term recovery.

Based in sunny, Newport Beach, California Sierra by the Sea believes in the real life approach to recovery. After our clients have detoxed off of their drugs, we help them to make a day-to-day schedule filled with recovery meetings, school, work, therapy, exercise, chores and individual interests. Clients still live with a House Mom or House Dad who keeps the client accountable for their recovery, but the client is encouraged to be independent, utilizing our beach cruisers and biking to their appointments. We believe strongly that day-to-day recovery in a real life setting is what empowers clients to advocate for themselves against their addictions. The example of seeing other clients farther along in their recovery, living responsibly inspires clients to achieve the same level of progress.

Recovering from substance use disorders is a challenging journey that feels more doable in an environment that tends to each individual’s complex needs and strengths. Our goal is to foster a treatment experience that is built on compassion, hope, and caring, and fueled by excellence in the provision of evidence-based and trauma-informed care.

– - Anonymous