Each year, thousands of Americans enter rehab for substance abuse. A 2017 study conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, NSDUH, found that 19.7 million American adults struggled with a substance use disorder that year. Within this figure, about 74% of these patients battled an alcohol use disorder. Unfortunately, only a fraction of individuals living with a substance use disorder will seek treatment.
Rehab is difficult, and taking the step to join a treatment program is no small feat. Entering treatment is only the first in a series of steps in your recovery journey, so congratulations on coming this far. There are a couple of simple and practical steps that you can take to ensure you get the most out of your treatment and especially if this is your first stay at an inpatient treatment center, here’s what you can do to prepare for your stay.
- Explore available treatment options.
Now that you’ve made the decision to seek treatment, you’ll need a rehab facility that will help you reach your recovery goals. First, though, you’ll need to figure out what your rehab goals are. For instance, what behaviors or substances do you want to recover from? Most people living with an addiction problem also have an underlying mental health condition. This is known as a dual diagnosis.
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- Handle housekeeping.
Checking into an inpatient rehab facility means that you’ll have to take some time away from your regular life. The minimum recommended stay for an inpatient addiction treatment program is 30 days. However, in some cases, your case manager may advise you to extend your treatment beyond this duration. To account for such an eventuality, ensure your family, work, and financial obligations are tended to beforehand. If you need to, set up childcare, take sufficient time off work, and ensure that a family member you trust will help you manage your bills.
Due to the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) you’re entitled to 12 weeks of leave. While this is a provision that’s often used to heal from surgery or as maternity leave, you can use this for the mental health and rehab treatment your getting. As you explain your issue to your boss, make sure to find out how many leave days you have left or are entitled to.
Check your health insurance plan to see what’s covered and what you’re responsible for. If you’re a beneficiary of the Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage, you’ll be glad to know that your Medicare plan has provisions for mental health coverage to include partial hospitalization, inpatient, and outpatient treatment. In some cases, your Medicare product will also cover therapy appointments and depression screenings. As there are some additional costs tied to these services, consult a trusted insurance agency near you to find the best Medicare product for you.
- Pack the essentials.
While it may be tempting to carry along items that remind you of home, only pack the essentials so that you avoid potential distractions. Your rehab center will likely give you a list of items that you’re allowed to carry, so this should guide your packing.
Some facilities will include guides on what you can or can’t wear. Shirts branded with beer company logos, for instance, or revealing swimwear could be considered improper in certain facilities. When packing your clothes, always ensure that your wardrobe reflects the current season. For instance, consider a warm coat in the colder months, and free-flowing dresses or a casual white pencil skirt in the warmer months.
You may expect there to be a ton of downtime in between sessions, and this may prompt you to bring reading material. However, most inpatient luxury rehab programs discourage their patients from doing this. As you’re there to focus on your long-term recovery, they encourage you to use your free time journaling and reflecting on your recovery. There’ll also be a ton of homework involved, so downtimes are when you’ll be expected to work on this.
Most importantly, carry enough toiletries to last the duration of your stay. Enquire what personal grooming items are allowed, as some facilities don’t allow tweezers, shavers, or razors. If you’re a person who menstruates, don’t forget to carry pads or tampons.
Please note that this guide is just a primer on inpatient stay, and should not be used to substitute your counselor or primary care doctor’s advice.