Taking the steps to admit they have a problem and then seeking out rehab treatment in Connecticut is a difficult action for any addict to take. It requires honesty, courage, trust, and hope. Once someone has lined up treatment, how do they prepare for treatment?
Live-In Treatment Preparation
Living at a facility during treatment is a very common situation for many addicts seeking treatment. The controlled environment and close supervision assist with early detox which can be even painful for some people and even require medical assistance. Remembering that it’s highly likely of forced quitting use of a substance ‘cold turkey’ can help mentally prepare for those early challenges.
That said, it also helps to think about the upcoming situation as one would make preparations prior to going on a trip for an extended period of time. If employed, informing the employer can help prevent losing a job will residing in the clinic and will help remove some of the stress that can come with focusing on treatment.
Taking care of other details is just as important. If you have pets or plants, arrangements should be made to have them taken care of. Not all facilities will allow pets and many personal effects to accompany the patient during treatment. Likewise, setting up an arrangement to have your mail either forwarded or picked up by a neighbor should be on the to-do list. Any vegetables or other perishables that might go bad should be discarded or eaten before check-in. Schedules for laundry vary between facilities and so packing enough clothes as required by the clinic should also be taken care of.
If you live alone, putting a temporary hold on your utilities can help save a few extra coins while you’re away. It will also prevent any late fees if you end up needing to spend more time than anticipated in treatment. Other bills should also be taken care of in advance. This includes car payments, insurance payments, water bills, cable bills, etc. If possible, putting a hold is the safest bet, but if that is an option, then try to pay for the length of treatment in advance along with one additional month just to be safe. This may be out of the financial range of the patient, so you may need to contact them and alert those companies that you are in a medical emergency which should afford you a few months break from paying bills without incurring penalties.
Finding someone to mind your house or children should be done. Have a backup plan for any children that need to be taken care of while away just in case the primary care-giver is unable to keep the children due to an unforeseen emergency. A trusted person should should also be found who can keep an eye on the patient’s house.
Most importantly, pay attention to the specific rules of what can be brought into the facility and what is unauthorized. Many times, these restrictions are made for specific purposes related to treatment. By not complying, it could have negative consequences on treatment as well as continued residence at the facility. Most of the time, the restrictions are very specific and very few such ‘no alcohol allowed in the facility’ which will include even items like mouth wash and rubbing alcohol. Sometimes, depending on the activities the center normally schedules, a center may ask for swimwear to be brought along or some other specific request that serves part of the treatment.
Attitude and What To Expect
If the person is willing to accept there may be a substance use disorder developing or is developed, it’s then likely they will find it easier to maintain a positive mindset while attending treatment. It can be very challenging, especially if their dependence will cause physical withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the drug itself, these will vary in type and severity. Detox centers have medical staff on hand just in case there are any health threatening or serious effects associated with withdrawal.
Be ready to accept observations, advice, instruction and suggestions made by your therapists. One of the hardest parts about treatment is getting in control of the defense and rationalization that already defends the addiction. Therapists will require a lot of introspection and honesty of the addict with themselves not only to best select the nature and intensity of treatment, but to have good results from the treatment itself. Keeping a good attitude and reminding themselves they are there for help and part of that help is the discomfort happening is highly recommended.
There will be other people at the facility that have addiction issues as well and are also seeking help. Putting aside any judgment temporarily on the lifestyles of others at the facility can contribute to a greater focus on treatment and produce a more welcoming environment. If, for any reason, the addict wishes to undergo treatment surrounded by specific peoples, some clinics will offer treatment specialized for certain groups. LGBT, latino and Christian are just some of the kinds of specialized treatment that can be found.
In most treatment centers, there are group events and sessions that work as therapy and have better results the more everyone participates. Having social anxieties can make these sessions more difficult for some people. Knowing about it in advance can sometimes help give preparation time for the patient to build up confidence necessary to be open with others. Sessions may include sharing stories or recalling events that may be embarrassing or difficult to talk about. Remembering that everyone is there to get treatment for their own addiction can help with nervousness over telling personal details.
Be Open Minded and Have a Good Attitude
The addiction can be very difficult to get a handle on and to help with this, facilities will go out of their way to make the rest of your stay there as hassle free and stress free as possible. Their goal is to turn an addict into a healthy and stable person who can achieve their potential. As long as an open mind is kept when going through the process, there’s a better chance of success.
If you or a loved one is fighting an addiction and in need of assistance finding the right rehab center in Connecticut, contact us right away. We’re ready to help.