preparing for rehab

Preparing for Rehab

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Taking the first steps towards recovering from substance use disorder is a major decision. It means you’re making the choice to strive for something better and quite possibly saving your life in the process. If you or anyone you know is struggling with substance use, calling a rehab facility is absolutely one of the best things you can do to start recovering. Getting professional help can make an enormous difference, however, there are a few things you should be prepared for before you make the call.

How To Prepare for Rehab

When preparing to contact a rehab facility, you should note that life inside and outside the facility will still require some effort to maintain. While you’re getting help, you likely won’t have many opportunities to take care of things outside. It can be extremely beneficial to take care of anything that might distract you before making the call and checking in. Also, be sure to remember what you’ll need from the facility in addition to what you’ll need while you’re there.

Questions For The Facility

Getting to know the place where you’ll be getting help is a great way to be prepared and feel comfortable with the facility before starting. One of the best ways to do this is by simply asking questions. Practical questions such as what you’re allowed to bring and what the treatment is like are a good place to start. In addition, you may also want to know about basic living arrangements like accommodations, amenities, and other aspects of the environment. You may even want to ask for a tour of the facility just to get a feel for what it’s like and maybe even talk to some of the others who’re there.

Tie Up Any Loose Ends

Your stay in rehab could last a considerable length of time, during which you’ll have limited access to the world outside. Because of this, it’s important to ensure that any obligations or responsibilities you have are seen to before you arrive. This includes things like making sure your bills are paid, your children have someone to look after them, your job is secure, and anything else that may be affected by your absence. You may also choose to let your friends and family know where you’ll be for the time being. The choice to tell anyone where you are is yours alone, but it can be a good idea to let people who care about you know that you’re safe and getting help.

Dispose Of Any Substances & Paraphernalia

This is an important step for several reasons. First and foremost, it’s better not to have anything around you that could potentially trigger a relapse once you’ve returned home. This includes anything that could remind you of your addiction, such as empty bottles, lighters, and other related objects. If possible, it may be helpful to have a friend with you to dispose of everything properly and to help ensure you’ve done a thorough job. Ideally, you should be able to come home to a clean start without any serious reminders of your addiction that could prompt your desire to start using again.

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