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Does Moving to a New Place Help With Drug Cravings?

There is a commonly utilized saying that goes, “No matter where you go, there you are.” This saying is very commonly used in an addiction recovery setting and suggests that no matter how hard you try to escape yourself and your problems, you will never be able to do so. The only way that people can escape their problems is by effectively working through them. Still, many individuals who have been suffering at the hands of substance abuse and all related personal consequences will consider a “geographical cure.” This essentially means moving away from personal problems in hopes of leaving them all behind. For example – say a young man has been struggling with an alcohol abuse disorder and living in Los Angeles.

He loses his job because he continuously shows up to work drunk, he loses his friends because of his drinking habits and he accrues a large amount of debt because he is unemployed and consistently spends all of his money on alcohol. He gets kicked out of his apartment because he can’t pay rent. Rather than face his drinking problem head-on and seek professional help, he decides that moving across the country – to New York – will fix all of his problems. He will be able to start fresh and create an entirely new life for himself.

As soon as he moves, he gets a job at a local bar. He loses the job within a matter of days because he is caught drinking on the job. He is not able to make new friends because he spends the majority of his time obtaining and using alcohol, and recovering from long, intoxicated nights. Soon, he loses his apartment because he is unable to make rent. Eventually, he has to come to terms with the fact that moving across the country did not solve any problems – it was his drinking that was the root of his problems all along, and things will not improve until he becomes willing to seek help for his alcohol problem.

Does Moving to a New Place Help With Drug Cravings?

Geographical Changes in Addiction Recovery

If you find yourself thinking that a geographical change would do you good, ask yourself, “Am I running away from something, or am I running towards something?” Individuals who have been suffering at the hands of a substance abuse disorder of any severity will undeniably experience at least several significant addiction-related consequences.

These consequences could include interpersonal issues (problems with families or friends), legal issues, financial issues, problems at work, or school or emotional/psychological issues. Once these issues start to accumulate, you might think that you can effectively escape them by moving away. This is never the case. It certainly seems like a change of environment would be an effective way to “start over.”

However, the truth of the matter is that the only way to tackle an addictive disorder is by entering into an intensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program and that problems will only continue to worsen and accumulate for as long as the addictive disorder is left untreated. Leaving the people, places, and things behind will not solve the core issues that had you using drugs in the first place.

Get Proper Treatment for Lasting Recovery

At Evoke Wellness Florida, we know that assuming a big move will lead to sobriety is never a good idea. We also believe that a change of scenery can be beneficial when coupled with intensive inpatient treatment. If you have been suffering at the hands of a substance abuse disorder and you have found it impossible to remain sober for an extended period, Evoke Wellness is available to help. Our comprehensive program of recovery was specifically designed for individuals who have had little success in staying sober in the past. We sincerely believe that quality clinical care should be available to all those who need it. For more information, give us a call today.

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