Making the decision to enter a treatment center is monumental. It signifies that you acknowledge the severity of your addiction and have resolved to overcome it. Preparing for rehab will free you to focus on why you are going: to clear your head and begin the challenging work of recovery. Here are a few tips to ensure that your treatment experience will be effective for you and your loved ones.
- Although you may feel uncomfortable telling your employer of your plans to rehabilitate, they should appreciate your commitment to improve yourself. The Family and Medical Leave Act entitles you to up to 12 weeks of medical leave, so your job should remain intact.
- Make plans for the care of any dependents such as children, a non-working spouse, elderly parents, and pets. Ask extended family or friends to step in, or make arrangements for temporary care. You need this time to focus on getting the help you need to be better for yourself and your loved ones.
- Wrap up any outstanding money and legal issues. Arrange for automatic bill payments or have a trustworthy person handle your financial obligations. Inform the courts yourself or through your lawyer that you are entering a rehab. It is ideal to secure a written approval.
- You may wish to recreate your home surroundings at the rehab center, but bringing too many familiar items may actually impede your recovery. Check with the rehab center’s list of allowed items. By taking only what you absolutely need, you release yourself to embrace your new environment and way of coping.
- Learn what to expect in rehab. Inpatient recovery centers follow a standard therapy regimen that is highly structured. The predictability reduces uncertainty among patients and is conducive to healing. Part of treatment focuses on cultivating new productive habits that can be carried into post-treatment life. Daily activities will differ depending on the location and amenities available.
- Although completing a recovery program is a major feat, sobriety is a lifelong challenge. Develop a plan for continuing care after your inpatient stay. Types of outpatient care include: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), cognitive behavioral therapy, and Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART).
You have committed to recovery, and we are ready to help you make your Florida treatment a success. Speak with one of our counselors today at 833-846-5669 for more information. We are here for you 24 hours every day…call us now.