If you are planning to check into a rehab center in the near future, it’s important to make sure you tie a few loose ends beforehand. You want your treatment to go well and you don’t want to deal with any external worries.
Whether you are dealing with inpatient or outpatient treatment, you’ll want to cover your bases before you get yourself checked in. Assessing your situation is important such as the severity of your addiction.
You may not know how long your stint in rehab will be. But handling the stuff outside of rehab will give you peace of mind knowing it’s taken care of before you focus on treatment. Let’s get started on what you need to do.
Let your loved ones know about your rehab treatment
First and foremost, you’ll want to let your loved ones know about your intent to go into rehab. They know that the decision you’ve made was tough. But it will also save your life.
You’ll want to talk to them about how long your treatment will last. You can also ask them to give them support throughout the process. Having a strong support system the moment you check into rehab will give you confidence.
You may be able to stay in contact with your loved ones during your rehab treatment. As for your friends, you may need to be selective. Those who have been responsible for your addiction should be cut off as soon as possible.
Handle any work obligations beforehand
Your employer will need to know about your plans to enter rehab. It’s important that you make plans to take a leave of absence so you don’t have to deal with any issues with attendance (and lose your job). Your job will be protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The law allows you to take up to 12 weeks of medical leave. However, it is important to inform your employer beforehand. They should also be proud of you for taking the steps to make your life better after addiction.
Your medical leave may be unpaid. But you’ll feel better knowing you’ve made some sacrifices to better yourself.
Take care of any legal or financial issues
If you have bills that need to be caught up, take care of them as soon as you can. The same can be said regarding any legal issues. If you are on probation or parole, check with them regarding any upcoming court appearances you need to be at.
These two issues are as stressful and time consuming. They can affect your rehab treatment and you’ll feel distracted. Be sure to take care of these loose ends before you are able to walk through the doors of the treatment center.
The less stressed you are about the outside things, the better focused you will be on your rehab journey.
Pack anything you may need (if you are doing long-term rehab)
If you are doing a long-term inpatient rehab program, it’s important to put together a list of essentials that you need. The same may apply if you are doing an outpatient program. Regardless, you’ll want to know what you can bring with you and what needs to stay behind.
Some of the essentials you should bring include but are not limited to: notebooks, paperback books, medication, toiletries, clothing, an address book with the names, numbers, and address of people you trust in your life.
An inpatient facility may have essentials on hand in case you need them. But you may be responsible for bringing your own items.
Spend time with your loved ones
There will be a time when you will be away from your loved ones. You may keep in contact with them via telephone, Zoom, or other forms of communication. This may depend on your treatment program and where your treatment center might be.
You may also have arrangements to live in sober housing after you have undergone rehab. Depending on your situation, it’s important to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones.
The physical contact may be limited depending on a few factors (like traveling to a rehab center miles away from home). Bond with your family and you’ll be sure to have a strong support system by the time you are ready.
Plan for a future outside of rehab and treatment
Take a moment to plan what your future life should be like after you have completed rehab and your treatment. What does it entail? What are your plans?
There may be lots of things that you want to accomplish. Plus, you can plan on it anytime before or even during your rehab and treatment. Your aspirations may change over time.
The more you plan ahead, the better off you’ll feel. But don’t set up any lofty expectations. Think about some of the things you want to do for yourself and your family.
Take it one day at a time. You may come across ideas of your own later on during the treatment process. It can pop up in your head or be mentioned to someone who may also be in rehab dealing with the same struggles as you.
Get rid of the substances
Before you enter rehab, you’ll want to get rid of any substances you have in your possession. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Dispose of everything as soon as possible.
Getting ready for rehab can be a challenge. But the more you prepare, the more confident you will feel going forward in your treatment. This is your chance to spend time with family, tie up any loose ends, and go into rehab with a sense of confidence.
Knowing that you can beat this addiction will put you in the mindset that you can and will succeed. You will have a strong support system and you will go in knowing that the future ahead will be brighter than ever.
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