Preparing for Rehab

Preparing for rehab is a daunting task. Treatment is the best step you can take in order to change your entire life. It takes a lot of courage to admit you have a problem and to seek help. Fortunately, treatment will help you discontinue substance use and get back to leading a productive life. This article will help you know what to do while preparing for rehab.

It does not matter if this will be your first time in rehab, or if you have been in rehab before. It is never too late to quit using drugs or alcohol. If you have been in rehab before, you have already have learned many of the skills you need to recover from addiction. Relapse does not mean that treatment has failed. It indicates that needing treatment help restart your needs as an individual.

Treatment is not going to be an easy process. It can be confusing and stressful when trying to figure out what you need to do before you leave for treatment. If you have not made the decision to start treatment, it is never too late to get help for your addiction. Professionals are available at 405-583-4390 to answer all your questions and help find the best treatment in your area.

Making Arrangements

There are multiple treatment options. Outpatient treatment will require you to get treatment during the day, but you will live at home. Inpatient, or residential treatment, will require you to be living in a facility. For inpatient treatment, patients should expect to be away for approximately one month. It may be recommended for patients to be in treatment longer; this can vary depending on how severe your addiction is and how long you have had an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Your treatment team will help you decide how long you should be in treatment.

If you are going into inpatient treatment, it may cause you to stress knowing that you will be away from your family and responsibilities for that long. However, you can take steps before entering treatment to ensure that all of your obligations, such as family, work, and other aspects of your life, will be taken care of while you are gone.


First, check into what policies your employer has in place for employees who need to take an extended leave of absence. Make sure to check and see if you can utilize any available vacation or sick days. Also, FMLA unpaid leave may be an option for you. The majority of companies have to allow employees to take up to eight weeks of rest due to the federal Family Medical Leave Act. For example, people will use the federal Family Medical Leave Act for maternity leave or when an employee needs to recover from surgery. However, this can be used for addiction treatment as well. If you can, explain your situation to your boss.


Once you have made all the proper arrangements for your job, the next thing to arrange is paying for treatment. It is essential to check what your insurance policy covers. Make sure to ask about copays, the services your plan covers, and how it decides what to cover. Knowing what portion of the cost you will be responsible for, before entering treatment, can relieve some worry.

With or without adequate insurance coverage, treatment can be expensive. However, some facilities have payment assistance programs to help cover the cost, and others offer sliding fee scales. There is a variety of resources available to help you pursue treatment.


If you have children, it can be upsetting and stressful to know you will not be with them for an extended time. Be sure to arrange care for your children before leaving for treatment. If you have a partner, this will be easier, but you may still need to enroll your children before- or after-school care. You may have other family members available to care for your children. If your children are in school, waiting until a school break and having grandparents or other family care for them may be an option.

Your children may be confused about what is happening and where you are going. Try to make them understand that you are getting help. Give them an approximate idea of how long you will be gone. Explain who will be caring for them and what their care plan is while you are gone. It is entirely up to you how much information you want to give your children about where you will be.

Other Things to Prepare

Some additional tips include putting a hold on your phone service while you are away, putting an away message voicemail and email, and having somebody collect your mail. It is also essential to arrange care for your pets if you have them. A family member or friend may be able to care for them while you are gone. If not, another option would be to hire a dog sitter or board your pets at an animal hospital.

Making the proper arrangements before you leave for rehab can be crucial. Make sure you have everything in order before leaving. Call us today and we can help you start the necessary preparations today. And you can get admitted to rehab tomorrow.


You should receive a list of things you can and cannot bring with you from the treatment facility you will be staying in. If not, reach out to them to get this information. These lists will inform you of what to bring to rehab with things like the kind of clothing you are allowed to wear. They should also include what types of clothing are not allowed. Do not forget to bring enough toiletries for your stay.
Most facilities allow you to bring photographs of your family and friends. This will help you to keep what is most important to you in focus. Most often, you are not allowed to bring your cell phone or other devices with you. Be sure to write down your loved ones’ phone numbers if you will be allowed to use the facility phone.

Every facility has different policies and regulations regarding what can be brought in by patients. Some facilities allow cigarettes, and others do not. You also may not be allowed to bring razors, tweezers, books, or magazines. Checking with your facility before leaving is an essential step to ensuring you do not carry any forbidden items.

Do you need help with deciding what to pack? Call us as soon as possible. We will be able to provide you with all of that information. Never feel uncertain. We assure that you will always feel wanted and supported.

Reaching out

While you are preparing for rehab, you may have family members or friends who help and support you during this time. Be sure to cherish the people in your life who are positively supporting you. If you have not discussed going to substance abuse treatment with your close family or friends, this may be a good idea to do before you leave. It can be frightening, to be honest with your loved ones, but most of them will understand that seeking treatment will help your life get better. If you let loved ones know about what you are planning, you may find out that you have more love and support than you expected.

Setting Yourself Up for Success

Checking into rehab for treatment is not going to be an easy process, and there will be days when you want to give up. While it is difficult to get through this time, it will lead to a positive change in your life. It is important to create a plan ahead of time that you can stick to.

Setting goals for yourself and your recovery can keep you motivated. It can also help you keep what you are working towards in mind on the hard days. Setting realistic goals is important.

Some examples of achievable short-term goals are:

  • Being sober for 2 weeks
  • Distancing yourself from old friends who still use
  • Joining a recovery group

Some examples of long-term goals can include:

  • Being sober for one year
  • Making healthy and sober friends that are supportive of recovery
  • Working on strengthening relationships with family and friends

Be sure to reward yourself when you meet your goals. Going to a movie, booking a vacation, or buying yourself something nice are all good rewards for success. Do not be too hard on yourself if you make a mistake; recovery does not happen overnight. If you relapse, try to remember why you are quitting. It is okay to make mistakes, forgive yourself, and do not give up trying.

Our goal is to help you be successful. Call us today and we will get you to that road of success. Let us guide you to your happier and healthier life.

Know What to Expect

Making arrangements before you leave is just the first step in how to prepare yourself for rehab. It is also essential to know what to expect from treatment before you begin.

The first thing you will experience is a detoxification process. This is also known as detox or withdrawal. It ensures that all of the drugs or alcohol are out of your system. The symptoms you experience may be severely uncomfortable, but they will pass. Fortunately, treatment centers are experienced in assisting their patients through this process as safely as possible. Detoxification on its own is not treatment, but it is a necessary step.

Your treatment will begin after the detoxification process. Our facility will tailor your treatment plan to your specific needs. There are many different options when it comes to treating addiction. Some of these methods include:

  • Medications
  • Medical devices and applications
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Treatment for mental health issues

Throughout your treatment, it is crucial to keep an open mind and be willing to change and get better. You will be given all the tools and resources you need to change your life, but it will be up to you to use them. People recover from addiction every day. Recovery is possible, and it is within your reach.

Call Us Today 

After finishing treatment, the recovery process is not over. The process will continue throughout your life. Our treatment team may advise you to join a recovery program. Even though treatment will be brutal, persevering through this time is extremely important. You will have the support and resources available to you every step of the way. Staying committed throughout treatment will change your life for the better.

 We know that everyone is different in regards to the treatment they need. We are here to help you, no matter what you may be facing. Call us today, and we will get you the proper treatment. Start your new journey to recovery as soon as possible. 


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