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1. Posted by Lisa445 (Inactive 1 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

Hi guys!
Maybe, my question is kind of off topic but I'd like to ask your opinion on traveling for rehab.
My brother is addicted to meth for almost 5 years. During this time, our parents and I sent him to different (sometimes very expensive) rehabs in California and other states. But nothing happened. Everybody is tired and depressed but we have no right to give up. After the last family meeting, we decided to look for a rehab abroad, in Europe. So which rehabs can you recommend? I'd like to talk to someone who had such an experience.
I understand, there are a lot of articles on the internet but I don't really trust them. Sure, there are a lot of very useful ones, for example, I found a lot of information on -snip- but only one rehab is mentioned in the article on travel for rehab -snip- . As you could notice, it's not located in Europe.:)
I do hope, there are people here who can share their experience and give some advice.

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2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1865 posts) 47w 1 Star this if you like it!

I don't think this is really a travel question, it's a medical one, so I think it would best be directed at a forum about medical issues.

I can only think that a clinic in your own country would be best equipped to deal with it - once you travel to another culture, even if there is a common language, there will be more problems with communication and so a lesser chance of success.

3. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 225 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

While I do not have any personal experience in this area couple suggestions that I've heard off:

  • United Kingdom - The Priory. The finances could be a block here.
  • Ireland - Aiseri. Well established and highly regarded establishment in Ireland.
4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1865 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

My impression is that we have far fewer of these in Europe, but then we don't have the same culture of widespread psychotherapy etc.

5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 47w 1 Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure Europe is any better option for him than the USA.
There are plenty of areas here where it's just as easy to get hold of 'gear' although I've no idea if meth is so easily available.
It may be wiser to look at '3rd world' options if they are cheap enough to allow someone (friend or family) to stay close by to encourage and monitor him...
But I haven't personally had this problem, so I'm just guessing.

I do know a guy that had serious problems with a drug addiction (Not meth) who didn't do a successful rehab until he found a 'passion' for something else. In his case it was a martial art (Ju-Jitsu IIRC).
His issue was that whenever he came out of rehab he was surrounded by the same crushing boredom until he found a purpose and a place to push him at something he wanted to do...

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2399 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

Previous rehab tries didn't work. No guarantee after paying for his "holiday" in another country will produce better results. He has to want to stop using meth! If he has no willpower or genuine desire to change he might fall off the wagon in a foreign country.

  • From looking at some of the "meth heads" I have come across - the rotten teeth and sores all over my face would be a big reason to stop!

I wish you good luck but I think you might want to try another place back home. Perhaps there is one where the patient has to actually do some physical labor to help get in shape again. If you had previously used some sort of "general" rehab for all sorts of addictions perhaps locating one just for meth addictions would be better.

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1317 posts) 47w 1 Star this if you like it!

You may want to look for a place where English is spoken so he can communicate easily. I'd stick to countries that have a compassionate Justice system in case he gets in trouble over there. I suspect most Western European systems are far better than ours. Can one of you go with him as an advocate if he needs one? Finding a place that has some kind of training program or arts program with it would be helpful.

A lot to think about. Very best wishes to all of you.

8. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1114 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

Andrew Mack makes a very good point.

The geographical location of rehab isn't really relevant. In order for any rehab (drugs, alcohol, gambling, whatever) to be successful:

a) The person involved must *really* want to change his/her life and be willing to put in the (very substantial) effort to make that change. Going into rehab just to please loved ones and/or because of guilt won't work.

b) Ongoing professional counselling and support, preferably organised by the same people who run the rehab programme, must be in place after the formal rehab period. Just being in rehab for x number of weeks is unlikely to be successful in the longer term.

c) The person must be willing and able (physically as well as mentally) to keep away from all the people, places and situations which make a return to addiction likely. That's not nearly as easy as it sounds.

Whilst I can understand why you might think sending your brother abroad is a good idea, without proper ongoing professional support the best rehab in the world will not prevent him falling back once he returns to the US. No rehab in the world has a magic wand.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Mar-2019, at 10:09 by leics2 ]

9. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 177 posts) 47w Star this if you like it!

Lisa -
First off? Place does not matter. The person has to be good and ready to shake the addiction for it to work. If they're not ready, it doesn't matter WHERE it is or how many TIMES it is. Ultimately, THEY have to make the decision to choose a different path, not you and not your family.

I have an alcoholic, a cocaine addict, an alcoholic/drug addict, and a opioid abuser in my family so I'm speaking from personal experience. Until they're desperate enough to want different than the life they have, treatment across the street or across the world won't make any difference.

You also don't mention if your sibling has a record of drug arrests/convictions? That can affect his ability to travel outside of the U.S. Two the four addicts in my family have been arrested and convicted drug and/or alcohol-related crimes and will likely never be able to travel to Canada.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Mar-2019, at 16:35 by goodfish ]

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 6866 posts) 47w 2 Star this if you like it!

Unfortunately this user looked too much like a spammer to me (their previous post also dropped a link to an online article and their IP is from the Ukraine). I'll leave the discussion because it's kind of interesting but "Lisa" won't be answering I'm afraid