By Stephanie Loebs
For an addict to realize he/she needs help recovering from dependence on drugs or alcohol is a turning point in that person’s life. As mere humans, we are subject to societal and professional pressures, and often look to vices for escape. Making a decision to wean oneself from a potentially hazardous habit like drug use takes a certain amount of maturity and courage that is to be admired.
Making the decision to check into a rehabilitation center, however, may be daunting for some. There is the worry of being cut off completely from friends and family, and the rest of the outside world. In this day of advances in treatment and therapy, however, one should not approach recovery with any fear or misgivings. Many residential rehab clinics offer a comfortable and casual atmosphere. More than likely you will be in groups most of the day and your Therapist/Case Manager will keep you busy with assignments for the remainder of the day. Your evenings will be spent with your community or completing assignments. The rehabilitation process should be designed to make the patient feel at ease.
Once your or your loved one’s admission date has been scheduled, it is good to think about what to bring. Most recovery centers will advise you ahead of time of what is forbidden, so it is a good idea to ask first.
Some items that may be considered off-limits by most clinics include:
Any items containing alcohol or illicit drugs
Items of clothing displaying alcohol/drug related logos or ads
Useful items to bring, depending upon permission by the clinic, include:
Comfortable clothing and walking shoes – if you are allowed free time, you may be able to use it for exercise
A pillow from home – most clinics will provide linens
A phone card for long distance calls
A small amount of cash – some clinics may arrange for day trips or offer a store for provisions
Any current physician-approved medications
Alcohol-free products like mouthwash, hair products, etc.
Insurance prescription authorization card or the information for same
Time spent in recovery is valuable, and for those about to enter rehabilitation it is helpful to be prepared and feel comfortable at all times.
Stephanie Loebs is the executive director of Williamsburg Place, one of the top drug rehab clinics in the nation. Williamsburg Place aids those who suffer from drug and/or alcohol addiction, and specializes in caring for health care professionals. For over twenty years Williamsburg Place and its joint rehabilitation center, the William J. Farley Center, have helped thousands of people from all walks of life take back their lives and overcome substance abuse.
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