How to Prepare for Residential Inpatient Treatment

Posted by Jackson Bentley on May 15, 2018 11:00:00 AM
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When first gaining admittance into a residential inpatient treatment center, it’s important to prepare yourself physically, emotionally, and financially. By coming prepared, you can make the most of your time spent at rehab and will hopefully have better odds of maintaining sobriety post release. The fully trained staff and personnel at every facility will be able to assist you successfully on-boarding, but it’s up to you be prepared beforehand. It’s helpful to have things in order because it will limit distractions upon arrival.


Preparing for Residential Inpatient Treatment


What to Bring

Every clinic is different when it comes to what items they will have prepared for you, but you can generally expect it to contain basics such as beds, toiletries, utensils, and first aid equipment. But typically you should prepare the following:


  • Photo ID: Driver’s License or Passport
  • Medical Insurance Cards
  • Medication list including dosages and all known allergies to medications
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes. (Pack amount used for a week)
  • Athletic shoes and clothing for fitness classes (Yoga)
  • Alcohol free toiletries, including shampoo, mouthwash, soap and deodorant
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving items and hairdryer
  • Writing materials for taking notes
  • Premade List of contacts including names and phone numbers of loved one you would like to contact while in treatment.
  • Alarm Clock (without radio)
  • Stamps and Envelopes
  • Pre-Paid gift cards to order snacks online while in treatment.
  • Prepackaged snacks in factory sealed containers
  • Drinks that are factory sealed (no energy type drinks)
  • Family photos
  • Books
  • Spiritual or religious items
  • MP3 player (no camera or connection to Wi-Fi)


Most treatment centers will require patients to leave their personal cellular devices, laptops, and other forms of electronic communication devices. This is because many centers do not allow patients to communicate with people outside of their clinics for the first weeks of treatment. Some other guidelines to follow are to leave your valuable jewelry at home in a safe location, take a small amount of cash, and to properly stow and bring any prescription medication in its pharmacy bottle with a list of your prescribed medication. You may also want to bring a notebook to jot down feelings, goals, and various ruminations.


Finding the Right Attitude

Rehab is no walk in the park, in fact, it can be quite difficult. However, patients that put in the work often the find the most success. You get out what you put in essentially. The hardest part for many recovering addicts is overcoming the initial withdrawal process. Detox is known to break even the strongest of addicts. To prepare for inpatient, you’ll need to be mentally prepared to handle the effects of withdrawal. The extent of how powerful these effects will be depends on the type of substance you plan on withdrawing from, but you can generally expect some forms of body pains, sweating, cravings, anxiety and in the most serious of cases, seizures.

You should consider all that you have to gain by finally ridding yourself of toxins in the body. There are also all things that you could stand to lose if you are not able to follow through. Many addicts finally enroll in rehab when they recognize the futility of continued abuse of their selected substance. Some even hit what is called “rock bottom”, where they finally do reach the end of their rope and are faced with the decision of getting sober or possibly dying. Addicts about to enter rehab should think about setting long term goals centered around getting sober. Oftentimes, patients may successfully go through rehab only to relapse immediately following treatment because they weren’t prepared to jump to the next stage of recovery. Ultimately, it’s about having a positive attitude that continued sobriety is not only possible, but entirely preferable to falling back into substance abuse.


Avoid “Last Hurrahs”

While it’s a great first step to take in traveling the road to recovery, sometimes enrolling in rehab can give addicts a false sense of confidence. Some addicts may be tempted to binge on one “last hurrah” of their drug of choice. This is extremely dangerous because addicts may ingest larger doses of their drug than normal as a sort of pay off for finally planning to get clean. This could potentially lead to an overdose, which is even more likely when taking some form of opioid or binge drinking alcohol. It also could make detox in the rehab center more difficult overall. It’s also not advised to completely quit cold-turkey, In fact, attempting a solo withdrawal beforehand could lead to negative side effects that may sabotage your willingness to travel to rehab. If you’re planning on attending rehab, make sure not over do it, but also don’t quit cold turkey.


Talk to Your Loved Ones

If you’re planning on attending a residential treatment center for rehab, you should definitely talk openly and honestly with family and friends about what you intend to do. Trying to hide your recovery will only build feelings of guilt and shame surrounding your addiction. You may be embarrassed to inform friends and family of your addiction, but the truth is that getting help is not something to ever be ashamed of. Anyone who truly cares about you will support your decision to get better. The support of friends and family help not only to get you into rehab, but also to support you after release.


Next Steps

If you’re struggling with addiction and wish to learn more about residential inpatient treatment, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Landmark Recovery. Addiction destroys the body and weakens the spirits. Landmark Recovery is a place where people struggling with chemical dependency problems can find answers to problems that have tormented them for months, years or decades. Our dedicated clinicians, nurses and medical staff will help you or your loved one find solutions that “stick” for a lifetime. We’re waiting to hear from you. Call one of our caring admissions consultants today to find out about our comprehensive treatment program for drug rehab in Louisville.



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