Recognizing that you have become addicted to alcohol or drugs is a brave and important first step in getting clean. For those who are willing and ready to heal, recognizing all the upcoming changes can feel overwhelming — from choosing a treatment center, to understanding insurance benefits, even to the idea of entering the care of someone else. It is normal to feel apprehensive, but it is important to remember that you are investing in your future, and you have a team of people celebrating and encouraging you along the way.
What Is the Admissions Process?
The admissions process is the first step to entering a treatment program. Admissions coordinators are on your side and want to help walk you through each phase of check-in. They have a lengthy list of questions for you, but it is to make sure they have the most accurate information about your health in order to make sure that your experience at the facility is safe and productive. They will not judge your life choices; rather, they are excited to cheer you on in your recovery.
It’s helpful to be prepared for your stay in rehab. There are certain items that you may need to bring and others that are not allowed in a drug rehab facility. The policies obviously differ from facility to facility, but the following are some of the most common items allowed/encouraged and forbidden.
Common items that are recommended for you to bring with you to drug rehab include the following:
- Insurance and prescription cards
- Contact information for your primary care physician, attorney and other key individuals
- Prepaid phone cards
- Comfortable clothing
- Personal care items
- Reading glasses
- Cigarettes (if you smoke)
- Laundry detergent
- Books and magazines
The following are some items commonly prohibited from bringing into a treatment facility:
- Cell phones, pagers
- Laptop computers
- Computer or video games
- CD or mp3 players
- Televisions or radios
- DVD or Blu-ray players and discs
- Food or beverages
- Clothing representing alcohol or drug use
- Provocative clothing
- Mouthwash containing alcohol
The drug rehab admissions process is different everywhere, but by knowing and understanding some of these common elements you will be better prepared when you go through the admissions procedure.
At Michael’s House, we strive to make the admissions procedure as quick and friendly as possible. We understand that rehab admissions can feel intimidating; therefore, we do everything we can to show our patients understanding and care through every step. Please call us at 760-548-4032 to begin your healing journey now.