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Why changing your environment is more than just a change of scenery

In a bid to make a fresh start it’s common for those suffering from drug addiction to move away and start again.

However, without the backing of a proper rehabilitation program and adequate support systems in place, most attempts at moving location are not successful.

Often addicts who move from a familiar environment to a new one are ill equipped to deal with the pressures of loneliness, stress and isolation that may be encountered due to not knowing anyone and/or the challenges of new employment.

When a well-structured rehabilitation program that addresses the core reasons for addiction is undertaken, a change of location can be pivotal in maintaining ongoing success and be effective in preventing relapse.

Assuming rehabilitation is being addressed, here’s how changing your environment can help recovery from addiction.

Removal from prior negative influences

Often an addict who is attempting to recover, will be part of a community of users and dealers who may not share the ideals of recovery.

Often they will attempt to sabotage the addict’s recovery and pull them back into the bad habits that caused them to hit rock bottom in the first place.

When an addict is physically removed from the people who are pulling them down, it’s easier for them to make the changes that they need. 

Changing location gives them the opportunity to put recovery front and centre in their lives.

Understanding of what drives addiction

Attending rehabilitation in a different location helps give an addiction sufferer valuable space to learn and discover the factors that are driving their addiction.

Rehabilitation in a different geographical location takes away pressure to recover that others, such as family, may inadvertently apply and gives a sufferer a valuable space in which to learn, grow and recover at their own pace.

Opportunities to establish new relationships and a therapeutic community

Rehabilitation and relocation to a new environment also offers a recovering addict the opportunity to create new bonds, especially within a therapeutic community that supports abstinence from addictive substances as well as the recovery journey.

Additionally, further support can be accessed with mentors, who support recovering addicts through step work and meetings.

Insulation from misguided criticism

Unfortunately, unless personally confronted with addiction, many people do not realise that addiction is a health, rather than a criminal, issue.

Therefore, they can make unhelpful judgments about addiction and subsequent recovery. Rehabilitation in a different geographical location insulates the addict from the pressures of such judgments.

It also gives the addict the privacy and personal space they need to fully concentrate on themselves without any external pressures.

Transition back to living

As well as providing an extensive rehabilitation program, the Hader Clinic Queensland offers a transitional housing program that allows a recovering addict to take on old aspects of their lives in a controlled and supported manner.

The transition program also helps an addict decide whether a permanent geographical move is required all within the supportive arms of a therapeutic community and support from Hader Clinic staff.

The Hader Clinic Queensland caters for both interstate and international clients and provides a soothing sanctuary well away from the hustle and bustle of the city where you can reconnect with yourself and start the journey of recovery.

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