Starting a drug or alcohol rehab program is a life-changing decision. If this is your first time going to treatment, you may be wondering how you can successfully prepare for this journey. It’s normal to feel anxious about this process and the changes it will bring. Remind yourself why you are doing this. Even though you may be uncomfortable seeking rehab, you are freeing yourself from the constraints of addiction and adding quality years onto your life.
Here are five ways that you can prepare for drug or alcohol addiction treatment in Scottsdale, AZ.
1. Take care of work obligations.
The first thing to address is one of your main responsibilities – work. It may be uncomfortable to discuss your need for addiction treatment with your employer, but if they care about you, they will want you to get better. If your employer does try to give you trouble, be aware that you have rights, too.
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, you can take up to 12 weeks of medical leave, so your job will be protected during this time. Additionally, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers cannot discriminate against recovering alcoholics and drugs users who have sought treatment for their addiction. They also cannot fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote someone because they are enrolled in drug rehab.
We always recommend knowing your rights so that you can approach this conversation with ease. Inpatient treatment requires a longer stay away from home, whereas outpatient treatment allows you to keep your normal routine. We still recommend talking to your employer, but you will have more freedom and flexibility with an outpatient program.
2. Arrange for child care and household help.
If you have children, pets and/or a home, you’ll need to enlist some help while you’re away. Even outpatient treatment will require your weekly participation. To ensure your recovery comes first, make sure you have everything at home taken care of. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting overwhelmed and quitting treatment.
Be sure to reach out to friends, family and neighbors to lend a helping hand while you’re working your recovery. This is your support network, and they’ll want you to get the help you need. Once you are clean and sober, you can pay back the favor. You’ll have a lifetime to do so!
3. Tie up loose ends, such as legal troubles or financial issues.
You’ll feel better starting treatment if you tie up loose ends at home. This way, they won’t cause stress during treatment or initially out of treatment. For example, you can sign up for automatic bill payments or leave a trusted family member in charge of handling your finances.
If you have an attorney, be sure to talk with them and let them know that you’ll be unavailable. It’s a good idea to get a formal OK from them. Even if you’re starting outpatient treatment, it’s still best to take care of these issues so that your full attention can go to your recovery.
4. Get encouragement from friends and family.
Chances are, your friends and family are a big part of the reason why you’re getting help. Rely on them as you prepare for rehab. They can help you keep a healthy perspective and ensure you stay strong in your decision to get sober.
If you know someone who has been through treatment, talk to them about what to expect. Even though each person’s experience is unique, talking with someone can help ease your expectations and preconceived ideas.
Also, in the days leading up to treatment, let your friends and family know how you feel about them. You’ll feel better starting treatment with a clean slate, and your loved ones will feel good knowing they are supporting your journey. You can even start a journal that documents your steps to getting clean. This is helpful, as one day you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come.
5. Be patient about the process.
Recovery is not a single event – it’s a process. It’s very likely that you are abusing drugs and alcohol for a reason. It could be an untreated mental illness like depression or anxiety. It could also be to escape the painful memories associated with a traumatic experience or difficult childhood.
The purpose of treatment is not only to get clean and sober but also to understand the reasons why you are abusing substances. You must be willing to talk openly about your struggles and work with your counselors to develop healthy habits and constructive ways to deal with stressful events.
Additionally, it’s important to realize that you won’t be fully healed when treatment is complete. You may need to continue with an outpatient treatment program for several more months, or until you feel stronger in your recovery and are able to apply essential life and social skills to your routine.
Contact Acceptance Recovery Center
Acceptance Recovery Center offers a number of treatment programs for those struggling with substance abuse and mental illness or trauma. In fact, we have a dedicated trauma treatment program that incorporates a variety of treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive reprocessing (CPT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
Let Acceptance Recovery Center help you recover from your addiction while addressing underlying trauma and painful memories. Though it may be uncomfortable, getting everything out is the key to healing. Contact us today to learn more about our extended addiction treatment programs in Scottsdale, Arizona.