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When you decide to go to rehab, you might not have a lot of time to prepare. This is likely an emotionally fraught process, but there are still ways to set yourself up for success. If you can take care of obligations at home before you leave, you won’t have to worry about anything but your recovery while you’re in treatment.
When you’re planning to start an inpatient rehab program, here’s how to prepare for recovery.
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For many people, uncertainty causes a great deal of anxiety. So if you’re feeling nervous about treatment, or if you haven’t chosen your program yet, it’s a good idea to do some research about how the process works.
If you have loved ones who rely on you, like children, dependent adults, or animals, it’s important to make a plan for them before you leave. When you know they’re being cared for, you can focus entirely on your own healing. And with non-dependent loved ones, it’s still helpful to let them know you’re going into treatment. That way they can process their own feelings, and prepare to support you after you come home. This is one way to set your relationship up for success after treatment.
Aside from your loved ones, it’s also important to let your workplace know that you will be gone.
You may or may not have access to your phone or computer during rehab. And even if you do, you might not have the time or energy to check your email during rehab. If at all possible, it’s best to handle any time-sensitive financial and legal responsibilities before you start treatment.
There’s a lot to consider when you’re packing for rehab. Make sure to account for the length of the program, its location, and any special activities, like swimming or yoga. This packing list is an excellent place to start.
Preparing for rehab can be a lot of work. But it’s also an opportunity. You can spend this time centering yourself, and processing how you feel about recovery. Use these skills to meet your emotional needs, even as you take care of practical logistics.
The time between deciding to go to rehab and actually entering your treatment program comes with a mix of emotions–excitement, anxiety, and more. If you can take time to prepare for rehab, you’ll set the tone for the rest of your recovery. But it’s okay if you let some things go. Give yourself some grace. You’re going through big changes, and you deserve patience and compassion—even from yourself.
Learn what to expect from a rehab program, such as their pricing, therapies, specialties, and more.
Reviewed by Rajnandini Rathod
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