Entering a substance abuse program is the first step on your journey to regaining health and control. It takes tremendous courage to face chemical dependency head-on, but the rewards can be great. If you are considering seeking help for your addiction, here are some tips to help you prepare.
Learn the Clinic’s Approach
You’ll be more successful with substance abuse treatment when you are comfortable with the approach the center takes. Ask questions about subjects such as group therapy sessions versus one-on-one treatment, and make sure that the facility you choose offers programs that seem like a good fit for you. One important thing to consider is whether dual-diagnosis treatment is offered. This approach to treatment addresses both your substance abuse and any underlying issues that may have contributed to your addiction, such as depression or bipolar disorder. If you suspect that you need help with more than chemical dependency, a dual-diagnosis treatment facility may be your best choice.
Packing the right items will help make your stay more relaxing. Some treatment centers restrict what you can bring, so check with your facility before preparing your bags. You will likely have to bring your own toiletries and should pack comfortable clothing for your stay. Be sure to consider temperature and also the amenities and activities offered, such as swimming pools and trips to the beach.
Tell Your Support Network
Before you enter substance abuse treatment, tell at least one trusted person your plans. Having a network of support outside of the treatment center will make the process easier. People who are supportive of your recovery can visit you while you are in treatment, which can be a welcome break. You may even want some friends and family to take part in therapy sessions, so let them know of your treatment plans so they can be on standby.
Aurora Behavioral Health Care at Las Encinas Hospital offers a variety of chemical-dependency treatment programs, including dual-diagnosis treatment. If substance abuse has taken over your life, we can help. Reach for the phone today and call (888) 348-2165.