Owning up to your addiction is a massive first step on your journey to recovery.
Preparing for rehab, and knowing what to expect can be just as daunting.
Many who are heading to rehab for the first time don’t know what to expect and might be sceptical about heading to a completely unfamiliar environment and putting everything else on hold for a period of time.
If you need help or addiction advice, call us today on 0808 1150 446.
It is completely normal to feel worried or apprehensive about entering rehab, and that’s where we can help.
The Executive Rehab Guide is a complete and comprehensive guide to all your addiction queries.
How do I prepare for addiction rehab?
We’ve set out some key considerations and steps to follow that will help you prepare for rehab in the best way possible.
What do you need to know?
In order to prepare for your rehab experience, understand the treatment process is the first, most important consideration.
Familiarise yourself with the following:
- Admissions process and information
- The detoxification process
- Counselling and therapy treatments
- Aftercare and relapse prevention plans
Participate in self-help groups
Self-help groups such as AA or NA can be a good way to come to terms with your addiction and realise that you are not alone.
These groups will also provide a strong support network after rehab and have helped so many continue their recovery after initial treatment.
Taking AA, NA, or other self-help literature to rehab can help guide your recovery during residential rehab treatment.
What about family and work?
Going to rehab might be worrisome for you because of leaving your work and family behind.
But the truth is, both your colleagues and your family want you to get better.
Make sure you do the following:
- Tell your employer as soon as you can, so that sick leave can be arranged
- If you have or care for children, then ensure childcare is in place. Ask family members or seek temporary care options.
Make sure that your finances are in order before entering rehab:
- Set up automatic payments for bills
- Let any legal parties know that you may uncontactable
- Make sure any other payments are paid or automatically set up
What do I pack for rehab?
Overpacking, or bringing things that remind you of home is very tempting when packing for rehab, especially if you are going for a 28-day residential treatment.
However, it is important to bring only the essentials, so that you don’t have reminders of your old life or become distracted.
Most rehabs will have a list of allowed items.
Here is a shortlist of the essentials you’ll need to bring:
- Any current prescription medications
- Valid ID
- List of important contact information
- Comfortable and appropriate clothing
- A payment card
Most rehabs allow the use of mobile phones or other technical devices, but this depends on the rehab clinic.
Write in a diary or journal:
- Make a list of how you are feeling before rehab
- Write about what you want out of rehab
- Note down reasons why you are entering rehab (this can help keep up motivation further down the line)
- Write about where you want to be after rehab
If you, a friend or family member is struggling with addiction, then we are here to help.
Our support team are available 24/7 on our confidential helpline. Call us now on 0808 1150 446.