If you or a loved one is thinking of getting help for an addiction with inpatient substance abuse treatment, there are a few things you may want to accomplish beforehand. Inpatient treatment programs involve staying at a treatment facility for 30, 60, or even 90 days at a time. Being prepared is a great way to make sure that all responsibilities are accounted for before leaving home for this amount of time. It may seem overwhelming, but if you take care of these things before enrolling, your assimilation back into daily life will be easiest on you.

Before Enrolling in Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment, Speak with your Employer

It may seem nerve wracking to picture telling your employer about the need for addiction treatment. But, if your employer values you as a human and employee, they are likely to understand the situation. Usually, employers wish to have healthy employees, and recovering from addiction would involve the journey to a healthier you. Although it’s hard, it’s best to remain honest with your employer about your need for treatment so that you can gain support and start your recovery journey off on the right foot.

However, if your employer doesn’t seem to understand that it’s necessary to leave work to enroll into an inpatient substance abuse program, you are protected. The Family and Medical Leave Act states that employees must be allowed up to 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave. Even if your employer doesn’t agree with your need to leave work, according to the act, your job will still remain safe.

Take Care of Family Responsibilities before Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Of course, during your stay at an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility, you’ll have to make sure family responsibilities are taken care of. Whether you are a parent, a caregiver of your own parent, or even an adopted parent to a pet, you’ll need to make arrangements. Talk to your closest family and friends to see if they’d be willing to help carry the family load responsibilities while you are away. If you can’t find a solution through family and friends, there are options for a temporary pet, caregiver, and child services.

Remember to Take Care of Financial Obligations before Treatment

Undoubtedly, your bills won’t stop coming just because you’ve enrolled into an inpatient substance abuse treatment program. The real challenge is that you won’t be home to check the mail for them. So, make sure that your bills are set up to be taken out with an automatic withdrawal. If this isn’t an option, you can pay your bills beforehand so that they won’t be there to haunt you upon treatment graduation. You want your time in treatment to be focused on your problems pertaining addiction, not your financial obligations.

Packing for Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Addiction treatment isn’t about what you bring, it’s what you leave with. So don’t be too worried about what you pack. If you think you need it, you should bring it. But, the most important thing is that you decide to go at all. Even if you are at a point in your life where you have nothing, you can still benefit from inpatient substance abuse treatment. At The Discovery Institute, we provide much of what you will need throughout treatment. This includes 24/7 care, medical treatment, living quarters, nutritional meals, transportation, and much more!

Detoxing Before Enrolling in Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

Before you can enroll into inpatient treatment, a period of detox must be completed first. Detoxing is the removal of the abused drug from the body. It happens naturally when the drug is no longer administered. But, to detox at home can be dangerous because, after a while, the body starts to recognize the presence of the drug. As a result, when the drug is no longer administered, the body starts to exhibit withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be severe and even life threatening, so it’s suggested that detox is completed within a medical facility. Most inpatient substance abuse treatment facilities offer a medical detox program prior to the inpatient stay.

If you’re ready to take the first step on your journey to obtain lasting sobriety and enroll into the medical detox or inpatient substance abuse treatment, give us a call today at 888-616-7177.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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