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Do I Have to Relocate to Recover from Addiction?

Generally, you don’t have to move to recover from addiction, and often it’s even a bad idea. People often feel like there is too much temptation where they are–they see the old places, their old friends call, they sometimes feel they have burned too many bridges and it might be easier to just start over somewhere else.

Sometimes this may be true. If you live with a dysfunctional family that pressures you to relapse either because they are in active addiction or because they sabotage you in other ways, you at least need to get out of the house and move far enough away that you can have some space. If all of your friends are in active addiction and constantly pressure you to relapse, you may need to get away. If you made such a mess of things during active addiction that you can’t get a job, it may be best to move somewhere else and make a clean start.

Otherwise, it’s probably better to stay where you are. Moving is stressful in itself, and moving some place where you don’t know anyone–which is kind of the point–is even more stressful. You have to find a new job. You have to learn your way around, so that even routine errands become difficult for a while. You have to meet new people. Until then, you are alone in a strange place, probably eating pizza because your kitchen stuff is still in boxes. If you want to make yourself depressed, that’s a decent way to start.

If you stay where you are, you might have to deal with people or places that trigger you, but you also have more going for you. You probably have family and friends who can support you, even if you should avoid some of your friends. You know where things are. You might already have a job. All this means you only have to deal with one major life change–recovery–instead of several at once.

Everyone’s situation is different, of course. If you moved away from your family to another city or state, for example, it might make sense to move back to a familiar place near people you know. It’s still a big adjustment, but one with fewer hazards than a clean-slate move.

Evaluate your situation honestly. If your environment is toxic and will probably cause you to relapse, maybe moving somewhere else for a clean start is a good idea. If your reasons for and against moving are somewhat comparable, it may be better to stay put. Every recovery has challenges to work through–people to avoid, stresses to manage, fences to mend. Don’t mistake these normal challenges for a hopeless situation. You may be tempted to go somewhere where no one knows about your past, but that also means going somewhere where no one is invested in your future.

If you are still struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help. We offer medically assisted detox in a comfortable facility and we can help you decide the best way to move forward with your treatment. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at info@tgwcdetox.com to learn more.