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Preparing For Rehab: Mentally, Physically and Financially

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Preparing for rehab can feel overwhelming. With some planning and support, you can come up with successful ways to get ready for your recovery journey.

Entering rehab is a life-changing decision. Preparing for rehab is an important step toward sobriety and can help ensure a greater likelihood of success. Each person has their own unique needs, but there are some general steps people can take when preparing for drug rehab.

Mentally Preparing For Rehab

As with most areas of life, mental preparation is a key component for any major change. When entering rehab, mental preparation is crucial, since a major part of recovery involves transitioning away from the use of substances as a coping strategy for difficult emotions.

Focus On The Positive

Focusing on the positives that come after rehab is important. Staying focused on the benefits of getting sober will help carry people through challenging moments while on the road to recovery.

Understand That There Will Be Challenges

Self-honesty is important as one prepares for rehab. Accepting the difficulties ahead, such as drug withdrawal symptoms and cravings, can prepare people for challenges. Even the admissions processes for rehab can feel daunting at first. Stay focused on the end result and remember that this part of the journey is expected to be uncomfortable. However, it’s temporary and it will get better.

Seek Emotional Support

Emotional support during recovery is crucial. Family support and the professional guidance of your drug rehab counselor will be beneficial for your recovery process. Reach out for support when you need it. The treatment professionals are equipped and ready to address your concerns and needs.

Physically Preparing For Rehab

The physical effects of recovery can be difficult. There are some symptoms that can be medically alleviated and these can be determined with your physician and treatment team. Symptoms such as nausea, sweating, and shakes can be treated with appropriate medications with the guidance of your treatment team.

Stay Hydrated

It is imperative to maintain hydration to avoid exacerbating symptoms. During detox, the body is working to recover its resources. Staying hydrated is necessary to give it the power it needs. Maintaining hydration also helps the body transition away from the presence of substances it is accustomed to having present in the bloodstream.

Be Proactive About Post-Rehab Sobriety

As you prepare for sober living, consider some of the potential, future challenges. What will help you remain sober in your life after rehab? Consider asking a loved one to get rid of substances in your home while you are in rehab. Doing so enables you to return from rehab and not have to immediately worry about encountering substances at home.

Only Pack Essentials

When thinking about what to pack for rehab, it may be tempting to over-pack so that you aren’t missing anything during your stay. Over-packing may seem like a smart way to be prepared, but it may be a barrier to your admissions process and may impact your ability to stay within the rules of rehab. Bring only the essentials. Your bags will be inspected during the check-in processes, so keep that in mind as you pack. Your facility can offer you guidance about what to bring.

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Financially Preparing For Rehab

Prior to entering rehab, there are financial considerations to prepare for. Besides paying for rehab, there are the financial obligations that should be dealt with to reduce your stress level upon completion of the program. If rehab costs are likely to prohibit you from being able to get the help you need, consider seeking financial assistance for drug rehab. Grants and programs to cover treatment are available. Additionally, if you have insurance it might cover a portion of the costs.

Discuss Leave With Employer

To ensure that you will be in good standing with your employer and still have a job post-rehab, talk with your employer about your leave of absence. Being able to focus on rehab and not worry about finding a new job or facing work-related issues can allow you to prosper during and after treatment.

Pay Your Bills

Using automatic payment options for your bills can be a significant benefit during rehab. Another option would be to arrange for a trusted family member to pay your bills while you are in treatment. No one wants to come home from rehab to be greeted by a pile of overdue bills. Consider how long rehab may last (90 days is common) and anticipate any bills that may arrive between the start and end of your rehab.

If you or a loved one are ready to seek rehab for a substance use disorder, contact The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health. Call to speak with a representative who can get you started with the first steps of treatment.

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