The first step in your sobriety process is realizing that you need help. Once you have gone through the countless days, months, and years of denial, you know that you cannot make this journey alone. Sometimes, the hardest thing is admitting that we need someone else to make it. However, you are beyond that now and preparing for your first time in an addiction treatment center. You don’t know what to expect, the rules, or how things will be. You want to be fully prepared so that you can focus on getting better.
Mentally Preparing Yourself For Sobriety
Think of preparing for rehab in steps, so that you will not become too overwhelmed. First, you need to put things like your job, family obligations and your bills on hold. Allow someone else to manage that portion of your life. Stress is one of the leading causes of addiction and putting it aside can mean the difference in getting better or not.
Know that it is common to stress about these things but deal with them during the preparation phase of your treatment. By taking a few days to get prepared both mentally and physically, this will allow you to stay focused on your sobriety. Here are some things you should do:
1. Talk to Your Employer
No one wants to go to their employer and talk to them about an upcoming rehab stint. However, your employer would rather hear this from you than from someone else. Your company is depending on you to be the healthiest possible so that you can do your job. Did you know that the law protects your job while you are in rehab? The Family Medical Leave Act allows you to take up to 12 weeks off for family or medical reasons. They cannot fire you if you go to rehab or because you have an addiction.
2. Plan for Your Children
Your children need care. Your spouse/significant other can help, but sometimes it requires hiring someone or asking family members to assist. You must have all these needs addressed up front. You do not want to be in rehab worrying about who is taking care of the children or if they have a way home from school. Call on your circle of friends that you know you can count on. Most family members have no problem stepping in so that you can step up and get help.
3. Make Arrangements For Your Pets
Pets are beloved extensions of the family. You need to be sure that you have someone to take care of them. Boarding facilities will take animals for extended times for reasons such as rehab. Just like your children, you want to make sure all the loose ends are tied up, and care is arranged. It will give you peace of mind knowing that your pets are in good hands in your absence.
4.Take Care of Financial Issues
There will be bills that come due while you are in your Florida rehab center. Signing up for automatic bill pay can be an immense help. If you have someone that you trust with your finances and checking account, you can ask them to step in and pay the bills for you. You do not want to come back home to a pile of disconnect notices and unpaid bills. A mountain of debt can cause a great deal of stress, and you do not need that when you are trying to stay sober. The real work begins when you are home and acclimating back into the real world.
You want to leave your job, finances, and drama on the outside. By taking care of business beforehand, this allows you to take a good look at yourself, be honest, and work on the issues at hand.
5. Talk to the Courts
Do you have legal troubles, a probation officer, or other court involvement? The court will be happy to hear that you are seeking help for your addiction. They need to be aware that you will be out of touch for a period. If you can only get a verbal understanding, it is better than nothing. Though, it is best to get something on paper if possible.
Packing The Essentials For Your Journey
Packing for rehab can be confusing, and you may wonder what you should or should not take. First, they are strict rules, and all items will be checked in. Some centers document what is brought, so you are sure to go home with what you came with. Check with the center regarding any liquids. Things like mouthwash are a definite no. Prescription medications are okay, but they will be kept with a counselor under lock and key. The medicine must be in its original bottle with the label intact.
Pack at least a weeks’ worth of clothing. Remember, you want comfortable garments to lounge in. Some parts of the process are uncomfortable, like detox, and you want to be as comfy as possible. Most facilities have washing machines that allow you to keep your stuff laundered. Bring along some cash for vending machines, a couple of pictures of your loved ones, and a book to read. Leave any “extras” behind as they will be there when you get back. You do not want to over pack because the closet space is limited.
Making the Transition
There are numerous residential treatment centers in Florida. They are all very structured and run an organized operation. Most centers use similar activities and therapies based on tried and true methods. They try to minimize stress and any uncertainty that comes along with new residents. They also want to make sure the environment is safe and provides the most support for healing and recovery.
Now that you know what to expect, are you ready to get started? Call us today at 800-723-7376. We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week for you. We know that this is a challenging time in your life, but the healing begins the moment you pick up the phone for help.