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How to Prepare for a Stay in a Drug or Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility

It’s completely normal to feel nervous when you first enter a drug or alcohol rehabilitation facility. Remember the facility is designed to provide a warm, supportive environment in which you can explore the issues surrounding your addiction and begin to heal. Below are some tips to help you prepare for your stay:

  1. Understand the treatment facility by asking questions. Learn as much as you can about the facility. The more information you have, the more comfortable you’ll feel. Some important topics to cover include the treatments offered and what, if any, are emphasized, such as physical detox support, psychological counseling, group therapy, etc.; the typical length of stay; the amenities available to you at the facility, such as recreational activities, a gym or a scenic environment; and the culture/overall feel of the facility, expressed through its policies, procedures and the attitude of its staff – for example, The Ranch PA maintains a strict policy of confidentiality borne out of respect for your privacy.
  2. Keep in touch with supportive friends/family. While you’re in treatment, the support of your friends and family not only provides companionship and wards off feelings of loneliness, it helps you feel loved, grounded and stable during a challenging time in your life. Make sure you have a list of people who are available to talk and/or visit when you need them.
  3. Keep an open mind. You might have preconceived notions about what it’s like to stay in a drug or rehabilitation facility, and these may or may not be accurate. Each treatment facility is different, and how you feel about your experiences there depends a lot on your perspective. Maintain an open mind, and you’ll feel more comfortable exploring different treatments and finding out what works best for you.

Keep these tips in mind as you enter a treatment facility and remember the staff members are there to help you feel comfortable and get the most out of your stay, so don’t hesitate to discuss your concerns with them. Photo from: The Ranch PA

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