Preparing for Rehab

Preparing for Rehab: Steps to Ensure a Smooth Transition

If you’ve been struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and have made the brave decision to enter a rehab program, first off, take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate yourself! Entering a recovery program is never an easy decision, and although the path ahead may feel daunting, know that it will also be a life-changing and transformative experience that will help you become the version of yourself you want to be. 

If you’ve chosen to seek help for addiction, the period before entering rehab sets the stage for a successful recovery. The treatment program itself will give you massive support in your healing journey. There are also several things you can do to prepare for rehab so that you get the most out of the experience and arrive ready to take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Understanding the Risks of Pre-Rehab Bingeing

It might feel tempting to have one last hurrah before saying goodbye to your substance of choice, but binging before rehab can do more harm than good. This tempting behavior not only increases the risk of overdose and serious health complications, but it can also lead to legal issues and personal regret. More dangerously, it might weaken your resolve to change. Maintaining your regular routine without increasing your substance use is a safer approach, ensuring you arrive at rehab in a more stable state.

No need to make any major changes right now. Do your best to just do what you can to get through the days until your program begins, and know that soon you will be in the midst of an incredible support system that will help you make the changes you’re ready for. 

Managing Your Personal Affairs

The days leading up to rehab are an opportunity to address the practical aspects of your life that will continue in your absence. If you’re employed, consider discussing your situation with your human resources department to explore your options under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

Aside from work, many people have other major responsibilities, such as childcare, pet care, elder care, and/or attending school. Sometimes, a friend or loved one can temporarily assume some of your responsibilities. However, even if you don’t have support at home, other options are available. Now is a good time to talk with your admissions counselor at your treatment facility to get support and walk through these things. You will find, while some of these things may seem overwhelmingly challenging to tackle, it is almost always possible to make the changes needed to take this life changing step toward recovery.

Preparing for Rehab

It’s also a good time to manage your financial affairs, such as paying bills in advance or arranging for someone you trust to handle them while you’re away. If you have health insurance that’s paying for part or all of your treatment, it’s also a good idea to verify what’s covered and ensure that all the necessary steps have been completed prior to your arrival at the treatment facility. At True Life Recovery, we can support you to navigate your insurance coverage and co-pays. It’s helpful to know how much your insurance covers, along with co-pays and deductibles. Taking a bit of time to go over these details with your admissions counselor can ensure you’re not surprised by expenses nor left worrying about finances during treatment.

If you have any legal obligations such as court dates, parole meetings, or probation appointments, it’s critical to inform the authorities about your treatment plans. Contact your officials to notify them that you’re going to rehab. Do so as early as possible, and consider providing this notification in writing to ensure there aren’t any misunderstandings or mistakes.

Whatever your plan, figuring things out before leaving for treatment gives you peace of mind and allows you to focus on yourself once you arrive.

Lastly, preparing your living environment for your return is equally important. If possible, have a sober friend or family member remove substances and paraphernalia from your home to create a safe space for your return. Additionally, think about the care of pets and the storage of valuables or vehicles that you won’t need access to during your stay in rehab.

Packing for Rehab: Do’s and Don’ts

When packing for rehab, the key is to bring essentials that support your recovery journey while leaving behind anything that could hinder your progress. Essential items include personal identification, insurance information, a form of payment, and a list of important contacts. Personal items like a journal and photos of loved ones can offer comfort and motivation during challenging times.

It’s also crucial to avoid bringing items that are not allowed in rehab facilities, such as over-the-counter medications, alcohol-containing products, and anything that could be used as a weapon. Ensuring that all your belongings comply with the rehab center’s policies helps maintain a safe and supportive environment for everyone.

Stepping away from your life to enter an addiction treatment program can be intimidating. So it’s easy to keep pushing it off for another day, especially when you don’t know what to expect or how to prepare for rehab. But it’s never too late to start treatment, and today—right now, in fact—is the best time to take that first step. True Life Recovery is here to guide you through the entire process, from finding a suitable treatment program to answering questions and preparing you to enter rehab. We’ll not only offer guidance but also listen to your story and help to ease any fears.

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Stephen White - True Life Recovery

Thank you for reading our latest article. My name is Stephen White, Director of Business Development for True Life Recovery. If you or your loved one needs help with addiction recovery, please don’t hesitate to call me directly. I am passionate about what I do, and here to answer any questions, support you, and guide you on your journey towards recovery. Let’s take the first step to a brighter future together. Call me at 714-909-2337 now!

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