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How to Prepare for Rehab

Making the decision to enter rehab is often one of the most difficult for a person who is struggling with a substance use disorder. You’ve bravely decided to admit that drugs and/or alcohol are having an undesirable effect on your life and you want to seek help. Now you might be wondering about preparing for your time in a drug rehab center. Going into rehab knowing what can expect can help you make the most of your experience.

Preparing For Rehab

Making the decision to go away to get treatment for substance use disorder can be scary. Knowing how to prepare for the event can help ease your worries and make the process smoother.

One of the scariest things about preparing for rehab is that you don’t know what to expect. You might not know how the process works. Being able to understand that can help ease your mind and allow you to prepare mentally.

While it’s important to remember that each treatment center has its own schedule, they usually follow the same typical process. The primary focus throughout it is teaching you to function every day without turning to substances.

What You Can Expect in a Rehab Program

What follows is a general outline of what you can expect the process of entering rehab to be.

Intake and Admissions

The intake and admissions process can take several days to complete. Its purpose is twofold. On the one hand, it’s designed to help you acclimate and feel more comfortable in your surroundings. Your comfort level can go a long way toward easing the rehab process.

The other purpose of the intake and admissions process is to familiarize the staff with you. In order to create an individualized treatment plan, the therapists, doctors, and clinical staff all need to know your drug, medical, and health history. In order to gather this information, you’ll complete a number of assessments. These might be done over the phone before you enter rehab or shortly after you arrive.


The detoxification process is an important part of your treatment. Most treatment centers require you to go through a medically-supervised detox before you’ll be able to proceed with the rest of the program.

Medically-supervised detox is especially important for those individuals who have a physical dependence on an addictive substance. Alcohol and opioids are classic examples of substances that can cause physical withdrawal symptoms.

During detox, you might be able to access medications that can ease these symptoms and make you more comfortable. It’s important to take advantage of a medically-supervised detox because some withdrawal symptoms could be life-threatening.

Therapy and Counseling

The bulk of your treatment for substance use disorder will center around therapy and counseling. In most cases, you’ll receive both individual and group therapy. During individual therapy sessions, you’ll start the process of addressing any mental health or trauma issues that might have led you to turn to drugs and/or alcohol as a method of coping.

Group therapy has several purposes. It provides a sense of connection with others who have gone through many of the same experiences that you have. In addition, you can work on some of your new coping and communication skills. Role-playing and discussions of what challenges you might face offer you the opportunity to feel more comfortable living life without using drugs or alcohol.

Effective Addiction Treatment at Promises Behavioral Health

At Promises Behavioral Health, we understand that addiction is a difficult thing to overcome. We offer a variety of evidence-based treatment methods to help you in your recovery. We also provide a number of amenities and activities to help you relax and feel comfortable during your stay with us.

Promises locations offer the following holistic services:

  • Individualized treatment plan tailored to you
  • Anger management therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy program

Preparing for rehab is a huge step. Promises Behavioral Health is here to support you every step of the way. We partner with you so you can conquer your addiction and create your best life. Learn more by contacting us at 844.875.5609 today.

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