Once a person has committed to entering treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, there may be many questions that need to be answered; questions about what to expect when treatment begins. It always helps to be able to anticipate what will happen when preparing to enter treatment admissions process.

Know the Facility

Every treatment program is different, so it is important to check with facilities beforehand to know what treatment programs they use and if they offer the kind of program that you need. For example, some facilities specialize in teen treatment, while others offer treatment for only certain types of addiction. Once a facility has been selected and a date for admission has been set, find out from the facility what to bring to treatment. You will usually be asked to pack a small bag with a few changes of clothes, personal care items, sleepwear, and comfortable shoes. Medications prescribed by your doctor must be brought, as well as an ID and insurance card. A small amount of cash is usually allowed. When you arrive, your facility's staff will most likely go through your possessions to ensure no drugs or alcohol have been smuggled in, and to take inventory of your things so that you get them all back at the end of your stay.

An Individualized Plan

You will then be assessed by medical staff and a primary counselor to establish a treatment plan that will meet your individual needs. Over the next few days, you can expect to spend much time talking to various staff members, counselors, and doctors who all are there to help you recover. You will experience the best results if you can open up and confide in these individuals. It is natural to experience feelings of shame and regret over an addiction, but recovery will come much more easily to those who are able to communicate and work through these feelings. After the admissions process, it is time to get to work. Staff members are there to help, so you should always feel welcome to ask questions and voice concerns. By working together with counselors and staff, you can most effectively get on with your recovery and your new life.
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