Reasons to Go to Treatment Abroad

August 30, 2017

Triggers are a part of living with addiction and alcoholism. The brain becomes deeply associated with memories, learning patterns, and habits of behavior. Cravings for drugs and alcohol can be triggered by something as simple as driving down a familiar street where a drug dealer lives or a party house is, perhaps by the local pub. Going abroad for treatment means endless new experiences which start to replace old experiences. Part of the experience of recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is recreating purpose, meaning, and experiences without drugs and alcohol. It may seem so simple, but changing the environment can help tremendously with small brain changes to lessen the presence of triggers and create new associations. Rather than pass by the same old places and experience repeated triggers of memories, your loved one can pass by new places with endless curiosity. Getting out of the normal environment means not knowing where drugs and alcohol are available, not knowing who to buy drugs and alcohol from, as well as not having friends who drink and use. Going abroad for treatment means meeting new people traveling from all over the world to seek recovery and find healing.


Getting Away From Toxic Cultures

Everyone’s using and drinking environment is representative of a toxic culture. Ireland is no stranger to a culture that focuses on heavy drinking. However, we encourage our residents to develop a community of recovery with their recovery peers. Putting recovery first as a lifestyle changes the culture through which your loved one views their world. The further  away they are from the normal culture the more they are forced to be fully engaged in their new culture, completely focused on their recovery.


Exploring New Areas

Coming to Europe for treatment is a special experience. Smarmore Castle offers an unbelievable experience to live and heal in an actual historical castle in one of the most historical and beautiful cities in the world, Dublin. Ireland is full of beautiful nature and endless possibilities for adventure, exploration, healing, growth, and development.


Building Confidence And Compassion

Travel of any kind is known to help someone build confidence in themselves as they learn how capable they are of managing new situations. Getting to know new people and new cultures in a new place takes someone out of their normal perception and allows them to get to know a different world, opening their heart to more empathy and compassion.


If you or a loved one are looking for quality residential treatment programmes for addiction, alcoholism, and other mental health issues, consider Dublin for Smarmore Castle Private Clinic and our proven model of successful treatment for long-term recovery and abstinence. Call to speak with one of our caring and attentive staff members today for more information: +353 41 986 5080

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