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What Is the Difference Between Destination and Non-Destination Rehab?

Different types of rehabs offer different therapies and unique experiences. The right rehab for an individual completely depends on their specific needs, but it is important to first consider whether or not they want to travel for rehab. Non-destination rehabs may offer benefits like family therapy, while destination rehabs may offer exclusive therapies and a time to focus solely on one's recovery.

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What is Destination Rehab And Non-Destination Rehab? 

Recovering from an addiction or substance use disorder (SUD) is difficult, but being surrounded by familiar triggers can make it nearly impossible. According to a study published by the National Library of Medicine, 67% of people who are abstinent for less than a year relapse. The constant exposure of familiar faces, places, and moods can trigger a relapse. As a result, detoxing at home rarely results in long term sobriety. Taking time away from settings where the addiction or drug use took place can help individuals stay in recovery. In hopes of supporting and breaking away from toxic patterns, many recovering users choose to detox and leave their daily routine by going to an inpatient rehab. When selecting an inpatient rehab center, there are plenty of choices to consider, but none as significant as choosing between destination and non-destination rehab.

Destination and non-destination rehab are rehabilitation facilities equally focused on recovery. Each residential facility involves patients checking themselves into a controlled environment. The programs are intensive, with 24-hour medical and emotional support. They are each designed to treat severe addictions, mental disorders, or behavioral issues. Both destination and non-destination rehab require a 100% commitment. 

What Is Non-Destination Rehab?

Non-destination rehab offers patients the opportunity to remain in the state and receive treatment in a nearby facility. They are intensive, residential treatment programs that have a high success rate. Most programs last between 28 days to 6 months and offer many traditional therapy forms to help their patients reach sobriety. Some non-destination rehabs allow patients’ families to stop by and even participate during therapy. The facilities are usually close enough to a patient’s hometown for friends and family to visit.

Types of therapies that can be offered at non-destination rehabs include: 

What Is Destination Rehab?

Destination Rehab is a rehabilitation facility that provides patients a safe space to recover from addictions outside of their home state or country. They offer the benefits of traveling and healing in a beautiful or exotic setting away from toxic triggers. Destination rehab may be helpful for patients who would prefer and can afford an upscale experience. These types of inpatient facilities focus on traditional intensive rehabilitation programs as well as innovative and unique methods of treatment. 

What makes destination rehab so different from non-destination rehab are its creative therapies and amenities. Destination rehabs offer a vast list of amenities like therapeutic spa treatments, private treatment, and lush scenery. These facilities also provide transformational treatments like adventure and wilderness therapy to reshape their patients’ lives.

Adventure Therapy

Adventure Therapy is evidence-based, experiential psychotherapy that combines human-made obstacles, community, and daring exercises. The therapy can happen either indoor or outdoor and in a rural or urban setting. Treatments focus on establishing a transition between the client’s life and therapeutic experience. Activities help patients learn how to transfer their learning from rehab into their day-to-day life.

Types of adventure therapy activities can include:

  • High and low ropes courses
  • Zip Lining
  • Rock Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Rappelling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Canyoneering
  • Mountain Biking
  • Alpine Skiing
  • White Water Rafting
  • Adaptive fishing

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Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness therapy is evidence-based, experiential psychotherapy where patients live in the wilderness for stretched periods. Individuals are exposed to natural elements and must rely on their skills to keep themselves comfortable. 

Most wilderness therapy programs involve:

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking

Both adventure and wilderness therapy are challenging. They build resilience, strength, and growth. By challenging the mind, body, and spirit, these activities stimulate recovery. It is an excellent choice for individuals ready to tackle mental health, substance abuse, or behavioral disorders.

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The Key Difference Between Non-Destination And Destination Rehab

When choosing between non-destination and destination rehab, remember that each rehab offers its own set of experiences, amenities, and level of care. The main difference between non-destination and destination rehab are location, amenities, and types of treatments. A rehab in Peru may have a unique treatment, like using Ayahuasca (a hallucinogen) for medicinal purposes. In contrast, a non-destination rehab in a patient’s home state may offer certified care in their city. 

Ready To Make Your Choice?

Are you ready to take the first step of your journey? Whether you choose a non-destination or destination rehab is up to you, but whatever decision you make, recovery is around the corner. There are treatment plans, financing options, and qualified professionals ready to help you succeed. Contact a dedicated treatment provider risk-free today to get started on your new adventure.



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