Last updated: 04/3/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Preparing for rehab is about more than making a checklist or a budget. It is important to consider all the different parts of treatment that will affect your day-to-day life as well as to understand what you will need from your treatment program itself.
Know What You Need from Treatment
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse.” So it is very important to consider when seeking out a rehab program all of the different factors that will affect your treatment and what you will require from the program itself. For example, perhaps you will need kosher meals or perhaps you will feel more comfortable in a bilingual facility. If you are dealing with financial or vocational issues, it could also help to ensure that your treatment facility offers counseling or other helpful options for these.
Knowing exactly what you will need from your treatment program will help you be prepared for your time in the facility and to know that you have chosen the right option for your needs. This can help you ensure that your treatment facility is prepared for you as well.
Tie Up Loose Ends
Many people, especially those with comorbid mental disorders or a lack of social support at home, need residential or inpatient care (Psychiatric Quarterly). Remember, this will mean that you won’t be able to leave the facility to take care of daily tasks until you are finished with your treatment program. Therefore, it best to take care of all the loose ends you will not be able to control once you are in treatment.
- Make sure a friend or someone you trust will be able to pay your bills for you while you are away. You can also set up automatic bill pay so that you will not have to worry that your rent and other important expenses are taken care of during this time.
- Your pets may need to be taken to a kennel or a friend’s house or, if you have more self-sufficient animals, someone can be arranged to look in on them while you are gone.
- Many businesses have specific courses of action for just this type of issue so employees can seek treatment. In fact, many employee assistance programs can even help you make sure your job will be protected while you are gone (Office of Personnel Management).
Know What to Bring––and What Not to Bring
It is important to call the rehab facility before you begin treatment in order to find out what is allowed and not allowed at the center itself. You wouldn’t want to bring anything that could get you kicked out of the program or that could be confiscated. Remember, anything related to drugs or alcohol (often including mouthwash, cleaning products, etc.) will be banned from a rehab facility. Call the center itself to find out what else is prohibited. In most cases, it is important to bring
- Seven different sets of casual clothes, sneakers, and shower shoes
- Money, credit/debit cards, or checks to pay for your medication
- An alarm clock
- Pictures of your family and friends
- A journal
Understand the Point of Rehab
One of the main things you should do to prepare yourself for rehab is to understand why you are going. You are taking time away from your daily life in order to self-reflect and focus on putting an end to your substance abuse. Therefore, it is best to concentrate on these specifics while you are attending rehab in order to get the most out of your treatment. Stay engaged with your doctors, nurses, and counselors, and remember that the treatment option you’ve chosen is here to help you create long-term change in your life, change that will affect everything for the better.