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How to Prepare for Your Stay in a Rehab Facility

Once you’ve made the decision to participate in an in-patient rehab program, you might be wondering what your future is going to look like. Spending extended periods of time away from home can be stressful in general – when you combine that with the detoxing experience and unfamiliar surroundings, the feelings may be overwhelming. One of the best ways to relieve stress about the unknown is to learn everything that you can about the experience so that you can be prepared to deal with it.

The Rehabilitation Process

The exact process that you will undergo will depend on the facility that you’re visiting – each one has their own specific process for their patients. That being said, this is generally what you can expect when you enter into a rehab facility:

  • Admissions and Intake

In the beginning, the facility will mainly be focused on making sure that they have all of the necessary information from their patient. There will likely be screenings for physical and mental health, as well as a period of time where doctors and therapists will assess the patient’s drug and medical histories.

Once this process has been completed, the facility can focus on creating and implementing a personalized treatment plan.

  • Medically-Supervised Detox

The detox process must be done under careful medical supervision. Depending on the substance and frequency of abuse, withdrawal symptoms have the potential to be life-threatening. Each detox program will be tailored to each specific individual depending on their needs.

  • Counseling and Therapy

After detox, patients will begin participating in group and one-on-one therapy sessions. These are intended to help patients work through the issues that may have led them to substance abuse as well as the things that have come as a result.

  • Aftercare

The best rehab facilities will not let their patients leave without having a plan for their future in place. Some may offer out-patient services such as regular therapy session, while others may help their patients get set up with work and/or education. Here at Intrepid Recovery, we will help you find the best outpatient plan whether you are continuing treatment in the area or moving to another state. Your success is our top priority.

Preparing for Time Away

It’s crucial to make sure all of your affairs are in order before you enter an in-patient rehab program. All of your obligations should be taken care of and you should have a plan for what will be done with things that need constant attention like work, school, pets and children.

You will need to make sure that you have set up childcare, informed your employer or school that you will be absent for a period of time, and have payments set up for any bills that will need to be paid during the time that you’re away.

If the thought of telling important people in your life that you’re going to creates some anxiety, that is completely understandable. It’s important to remember that everyone you inform – from your family to your employer – wants you to be healthy and happy! Establishing an open and honest line of communication is one of the very first steps toward recovery.

Packing for Your Stay

As in-patient rehab is a temporary stay, it’s best for patients to pack lightly – only the essentials and a few items that bring comfort and entertainment. Make note that most treatment facilities do not allow cell phones, cameras, or laptops!

Use this checklist as a guide for your packing:

  1. Any current prescription medications and insurance cards
  2. Government issues ID
  3. In case of emergency contacts
  4. Toiletries
  5. Comfy clothing
  6. Debit card/credit card/cash
  7. Books
  8. A journal
  9. Photos of loved ones

The most important thing to remember when backing a bag for rehab is to only bring things that are going to help in your recovery process – leave behind things that may be too distracting. The key focus is on your health and recovery so all of your energy should be focused on that. Everything that you miss about being at home will be waiting for you when you return.

Preparing for Alone Time in Rehab

In between treatments in rehab, you might find that you have a lot of time to yourself. During this time, it’s important to reflect on your time in rehab and think about what you are getting out of the experience so that you can take everything you’re learning and apply it to your new and sober lifestyle.

  1. Journaling. Journaling is proven to be an excellent stress reliever and a great tool for working through thoughts and emotions. Don’t worry about the way that you’re writing – you don’t have to tell a story or even have it make sense to anyone but you! Journaling is something that it meant for you and your healing process; to help you understand what you’re going through and cope with the emotions that you might be feeling.
  2. Writing letters. If there are loved ones back home that you want to speak to but can’t, writing them a letter can be a great way to get your feelings off of your chest. You don’t necessarily have to send the letter, but just getting all of your thoughts out of your head and onto a piece of paper might be a cathartic experience.
  3. Reading. Reading can be just the escape that you need after a long day of treatment in rehab. Bring books with you that inspire you or transport you to another world. If you’d like, you could even use this time to learn something new with an educational book or a biography on one of your heroes.

Knowing what you’re heading into before you check into rehab can alleviate much of the stress and uncertainty that comes with your new (but temporary) living arrangements. All of the preparation will only help you get the most out of your time spent in treatment so that you can blaze forward on your trail to recovery!

Treatment at Intrepid Recovery

Here are Intrepid Recovery, we offer around the clock medical care, flexible hours for group and individual therapies, family therapy sessions, and a safe and secure place for our patients to get healthy. Upon graduation from our facility, we make sure that every person knows that they are welcome to come back any time for continued out-patient treatment and support. Our helpline is always open if you are looking to get answers or just need someone to lend an ear.

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The Differences Between Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment

When you seek professional help for a substance abuse problem, you generally have two options for treatment: inpatient or outpatient. The goal of the two treatment methods are the same – to provide you with the support you need in order to get back on track to living a clean and healthy life – but they are very different in their approach. When it comes to inpatient rehab, the treatment methods tend to be a bit more intense because the experience is fully immersive. Outpatient rehab allows patients to continue their daily lives as normal, for the most part, while guiding them to make better choices.

In order to get the best treatment for you, it’s important to understand the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab so that you can choose which will provide you with the best results.

Inpatient Rehab

When you choose an inpatient rehab program, you are choosing to live at a facility until your participation in the program has been completed. Inpatient participants have 24/7 access to healthcare, as well as the opportunity to detox under a medical doctor’s care – something that can be the difference between life or death for many people.

Detoxing is usually one of the hardest parts of getting clean and sober, and it may come as no surprise that withdrawal symptoms can be devastating enough to make one want to keep abusing substances. Inpatient detox proves to be very effective because patients have access to certain medications and comforts that they might not have at home or in outpatient treatment. Of course, it varies patient by patient and what is necessary for one person might not work for another.

Preparing for Inpatient Rehab

Your life within a treatment facility will be vastly different from life outside of it. For these reasons, it’s important to properly prepare for your stay and make sure all of your affairs are in order before your check-in date.

You may want to consider doing the following:

  • Talking to your employer, school, and/or lawyer
  • Make arrangements for family members and pets
  • Have a plan for how you will get to and from the treatment facility
  • Figure out which personal items you would like to bring and what is allowed at your specific treatment facility

Contacting Your Family in Inpatient Rehab

Although the goal of inpatient rehab is to get patients healthy without the distractions of their day-to-day lives, treatment centers know that family support is one of the keys to success when it comes to getting healthy.

The rules and regulations for family contact are different at each facility. If you’re looking around at different inpatient rehab centers in your area, make sure to research their policies on contacting friends and family – or call if you can’t find the answers. Many treatment centers also offer family therapy sessions which may be a huge help for some patients.

Detoxing & Routine in Inpatient Rehab

When enrolled in an inpatient rehab program, every activity that you do every day will be focused on getting you healthy and sober. Each day is well-thought out ahead of time and scheduled by the facility’s staff and medical professionals. All schedules include individual and/or group therapy sessions and run for anywhere between 28-days and 6-months.

Before you get into a schedule and routine, however, the first thing that will occur in inpatient rehab is medically assisted detox. Withdrawal symptoms can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening so it’s important that patients are carefully monitored by a doctor and nurses. Detox is usually the point when most people relapse but getting all of the drugs and alcohol out of the body is crucial for recovery. Medical professionals can provide medications to help ease the discomfort, curb cravings, and lessen the withdrawal symptoms.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab is much less intense than inpatient rehab is. Whereas inpatient rehab involves a 24/7 in-facility treatment plan, outpatient rehab is only part time and is completed through regular visits to a treatment center. Outpatient treatment plans will vary patient to patient, but they usually involve 10 to 12-hours per week of time spent in treatment while the rest of the time patients are expected to make changes to their daily habits on their own.

During the hours spent in treatment, patients will receive drug abuse education as well as individual, group, and family therapy sessions. The length of time spent in outpatient treatment will largely depend on the severity of the addiction and the commitment of the patient to staying sober.

Detoxing in Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehab usually works best for those with mild substance abuse disorder, or those who are continuing treatment after leaving an inpatient program. Because outpatient does not assist with detoxing, it may be difficult for patients to get all of the drugs out of their system before they start treatment, especially if their addiction is severe.

That being said, there are still detox options for those with mild to moderate addiction and are participating in outpatient rehab. Outpatient detox can be perfectly safe and effective when don’t correctly – this means regular doctor visits for physical and mental check-ups and possibly prescription medication to alleviate some withdrawal symptoms (anxiety, nausea, depression, etc.).

Finding Social Support

One of the biggest perks of outpatient rehab is the fact that patients are able to spend as much time with their friends and family as they would like to. As treatment program meetings are usually scheduled early in the day or late at night, patients can continue living their lives as normally as possible.

If patients are looking for additional support, they may be able to find it through groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. These 12-step programs are free to attend, are located in every city, and can be an excellent way for people in recovery to meet others who have similar life experiences.

Have questions? Call Intrepid Recovery Today!

Deciding between outpatient and inpatient rehab may not be an easy decision and it certainly is not one that should be taken lightly. If you have questions about either process, please don’t hesitate to call our free and confidential helpline that is open 24/7.

Helping a Loved One

How to Help A Loved One Get Help with An Addiction

Watching your loved one slip into the grips of an addiction is one of the hardest things to experience. They just aren’t the person that you used to know because substance abuse has taken over their life and is affecting their relationship with you and others. When habits turn into self-destruction and your loved one poses a risk to themselves and others, you know that it’s time to get them help. However, the road to recovery isn’t smoothly paved and the first steps are often the hardest.

As someone who deeply cares for someone who is using and abusing substances, you may feel a sense of responsibility to help get them clean. It’s very hard to address the topic of addiction because you never know how your loved one is going to react. Many times, families and friends end up enabling their loved one with an addiction because they are afraid that they will lose them otherwise. It’s very common for people with addictions to feel rejected or judged by their families when the topic of their substance abuse is brought up so they might deny the fact that they have a problem or distance themselves.

If you have a friend or loved one who you think could benefits from professional help in dealing with their addiction, it’s important to know the proper way to go about talking to them. Here are our best suggestions to help you get your loved one into an addiction treatment program:

  1. Educate yourself on what addiction does to a person both mentally and physically

Addiction is a serious disease and it’s important to educate yourself on the implications rather than assume that their addiction is a choice. Once a person becomes addicted to a substance, their body literally relies on it to function properly and they may fall very ill if they stop using.

There are many resources for families and loved ones of people who suffer from addiction to educate themselves and get support if they need it. Nar-Anon and Al-Anon are both groups that anyone can attend that feels like they need help in coping with an addicted loved one. Support groups can offer guidance and gentle reminders that you are not alone in your feelings, whatever they may be.

  1. Know that you are not at fault

When you have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol it’s very easy to blame yourself when searching for a reason for their addiction. Regardless of what friends, family members, or the person who is addicted says you must know that you are not to blame.

When your mind is stuck in a negative feedback loop and you are blaming yourself, you may find yourself believing the excuses your loved one has for their bad choices they make as a result of their addiction. When you accept blame, your efforts of getting them help may fail or cause you to further enable your loved one because you think you owe it to them.

  1. Consult with a professional interventionalist

Because dealing with a loved one with an addiction can be emotionally taxing, it might be beneficial to call in a professional. Interventionalists know the most effective methods of getting someone with an addiction into rehab and helping them understand why it is necessary.

Sometimes all it takes is somebody outside of their immediate circle of friends and family to show someone with an addiction how their disease has affected their lives and the lives of the people who love them. When you’re close to someone with an addiction it can be difficult to reason with them because you don’t understand what they’re going through. Interventionalists have the training and knowledge that it takes to communicate with people who have addiction illnesses and can carry out an intervention plan that is tailored to your loved one’s situation.

  1. When you’re ready to address an addiction, go in with a plan

Any conversation that you’re going to have with your loved one about their addiction is going to bring out strong emotions so it’s best to go in with a plan and stick to it. The conversation can easily be diverted to other topics or turned around to focus on you rather than the person with the addiction.

Beyond the conversation, getting someone to seek help for their addiction is going to require a plan that involves steps of recovery. This might be getting their friends and family involved, bringing them to a mental health professional, or transporting them to a detox and rehab facility.

When you’re making your plan to get your loved one help, you should make sure to have a separate plan for what to do if they refuse help. You may feel a strong desire to take action immediately but it’s best to wait it out so that you can deal with everything in a calculated and calm way.

  1. Take care to not enable someone with an addiction

You may not realize that you’re enabling someone with an addiction because you’re just doing what anybody would do for their loved ones. Actions of enabling include financial support, making excuses for the actions of the person with an addiction, or covering up the fact that they have an addiction at all. There is a very fine line between caring for someone with an addiction and enabling them.

If you’ve attempted to address their addiction and they are refusing help it’s important to stay strong and enforce the consequences of their decisions no matter how difficult it may be. empty threats will only continue to show them that there are consequences don’t have any actions and they may not see a reason for getting clean.

  1. Support them while they are in treatment and recovery

Undergoing detox addiction treatment and recovery is going to be a whole new world for your loved one. it’s possible that they feel embarrassed ashamed and hopeless at this point in their life and it’s important for them to know that while their feelings are valid there isn’t necessarily a truth to them. The most important thing for them to focus on if the future and all of the good things that they’re going to accomplish moving forward. Make sure you stay in contact with your loved one while they are in treatment and offer them words of encouragement while there fighting for their wellness.

That being said, support may also look like setting boundaries while your loved one is in treatment and recovery. Those boundaries may include following the rules for contact and visitation times, not picking them up and giving them a place to stay if they decide to leave treatment early, and enforcing their outpatient treatment schedule.

Helping a loved one seek treatment for their addiction is not an easy feat. That’s why we are proud to offer our detox and rehabilitation services to the people of Florida. If you are looking for an addiction treatment center in Florida, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you have in relation to addiction, treatment, and recovery.