Choosing to seek inpatient treatment for alcohol addiction can be life-changing—in fact, it can be life-saving. It can also be a little daunting. As you consider your entry into alcohol rehab, it’s wise to make a few basic preparations—helping you feel peace about your decision, and setting the table for a positive rehab experience.

How to Prepare for Alcohol Rehab

To that end, here are a few steps you can take to get your affairs in order for rehab.

  1. Tie up loose ends. When you enter rehab, it’s important that you focus on yourself and on your recovery—which means not getting caught up in any loose ends you’ve left in your personal life. Try to take care of work, family, and financial obligations before you enter rehab. Then put them out of sight and out of mind!
  2. Pack properly. Your rehab admissions counselor can provide you with a packing list, but in general you’ll want to pack light—bringing only the essentials. Be sure to pack comfortable clothes, including some exercise duds. Also bring basic toiletries and personal care items, a few personal photos or mementos, some books, a journal, and chargers for your devices.
  3. Set your expectations. It’s important that you not show up to rehab expecting major changes over night; that will only lead to discouragement. Instead, remind yourself that recovery is a lifelong process, and that you’ll get better one day and one step at a time.
  4. Soak up the encouragement of your loved ones. Reach out to the people who care about you most and tell them about your decision to seek rehab; they’ll heap encouragements upon you, letting you know how loved you are and how much they applaud your choice. That can fuel you through some of the tough early days of recovery.

To learn more about your options for alcoholism rehab, reach out to Seacliff Recovery today.

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