1) It prevents you from leaving treatment before you’re healed.
Most people going through treatment get an overwhelming desire to leave treatment prematurely for all the wrong reasons. This normally happens sometime in the first few weeks.
Why would you want to leave treatment early? Almost always, it is because, for the first time in many years, you would have to deal with their emotions. And instead of using your favorite substance to numb yourself out, you would have to feel, process and confront those uncomfortable, often negative, feelings. Whether it’s fear, remorse, anger or resentment, facing those feelings is difficult and the natural instinct is to run.
Leaving treatment early, against medical advice, is considered high-risk behavior. Treatment professionals believe the number one reason to travel for rehab is to prevent addicts from leaving treatment before it is completed.
When you or your loved one goes to a rehab center far away from where they live, it would be more difficult to leave treatment before you’re ready. It would not be easy for you to book a flight and get on a plane. It would not be possible for you to call a friend or family member to pick you up around the corner. And even if you decide to leave, rehab centers, like ours, would be able to discourage you from leaving. When you’ve traveled far for rehab, very rarely would you leave early because there would be nowhere to run to.
An important word of caution. When a person leaves any treatment center against medical advice, they give their insurers a reason to deny their next treatment claim. This does not happen in every instance but for 7 years, this has been the exception, not the rule.