shutterstock_1723848115_2jo0GfW..jpeg (shutterstock_1723848115.webp)After deciding to seek help from our expert team of professionals at Greenbriar Treatment Center, preparing for rehab can feel overwhelming. Many people who are entering inpatient treatment for the first time are unsure of what to expect, which can cause anxiety and uncertainty. However, with some careful planning and preparation, the transition into inpatient treatment can be smoother and more successful.

In this guide, we will provide you with tips on how to prepare for inpatient treatment so that you can focus on your recovery and achieve long-term success.

1. Take Care of Work & Family Obligations

Alcohol and drug rehabilitation usually requires you to stay at a treatment facility for an extended period of time, which means you will be unable to attend work or take care of family obligations. Before entering any residential treatment programs, ensure all work and family responsibilities are taken care of.

If you are a working professional who has worked at your job for at least one year, you are entitled to up to 12 weeks of medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA ensures your job is protected while you are undergoing treatment for your addiction.

Inform your family and close friends of your upcoming treatment plans. Seek assistance from them in taking care of any responsibilities you may have while you are away. Having a plan in place will provide you with peace of mind and allow you to focus fully on your recovery.

2. Take Care of Any Legal Issues

A clear mind and a focused attitude are essential for successful rehab, which is why it's important to take care of any legal issues beforehand. This could include paying off any outstanding tickets or attending court dates. Resolving these issues before entering the rehab center allows you to fully focus on your recovery process without additional stress or distractions.

3. Pack the Essentials

What you bring to a rehab facility goes a long way in promoting your comfort and well-being during treatment. While many rehab facilities like Greenbriar will provide you with necessities, such as toiletries and bedding, it is important to bring items that will make you feel more at home.

Here are some of the things:

  • Personal Items: These include clothes, personal hygiene products, a small radio, an alarm clock, books, magazines, and any comfort items that you may need.
  • Identification and Insurance Information: Make sure you have your ID, health insurance cards, and any other important documents like medical assistance or a separate prescription card.
  • Medications and Medical Needs: If you have any prescriptions or medical devices (glucometer, inhaler, crutches, etc), make sure to bring them along with a list of your medications and dosages.
  • Money: You may bring cash or debit/credit cards. At Greenbriar, we are cashless, so we can provide a debit card on which to store your cash.
  • A more robust Suggested Packing List is available here:

4. Prepare Mentally & Emotionally

Entering inpatient treatment can bring a mix of emotions, including fear, anxiety, and hopefulness. It's important to mentally and emotionally prepare yourself for the road ahead. Some ways to do this include:

  • Educate Yourself: Research the treatment program you will be attending, understand the process, and know what to expect during inpatient rehab at Greenbriar. This can help alleviate any fear of the unknown.
  • Talk to Loved Ones: Communicate with family and friends about your decision to seek treatment. Their support can provide you with added motivation and encouragement.
  • Practice Self-Care: Taking care of yourself, both physically and mentally, is crucial in preparing for rehab. This could include getting enough rest, eating healthy meals, and engaging in activities that bring you joy.

5. Set Realistic Expectations

It's important to have realistic expectations when it comes to addiction treatment. For example:

  1. Understand that recovery is a process, not an overnight cure.
  2. Recognize that there may be setbacks or relapses along the way.
  3. Acknowledge that lifestyle changes will be necessary for long-term success.
  4. Accept that you might need to sever ties with friends who enable your addiction.
  5.  Know that recovery requires ongoing work, even after formal treatment ends.

Overcoming substance abuse isn't easy. Expecting to return to your normal life immediately after treatment, thinking that you can maintain the same lifestyle and habits while staying sober, or believing that once you complete your treatment program, you're 'cured' and no longer need to work on recovery, can lead to disappointment and potential relapse.

Understand that there may be challenges along the way, but with the support of our team at Greenbriar, you can overcome them and achieve long-term success.

6. Trust the Process

Finally, it's important to trust the process of inpatient treatment. Our team at Greenbriar has years of experience helping individuals overcome addiction and achieve lasting recovery. Trust in our expertise and follow the guidance and support provided during your stay with us.

Choose Greenbriar for Your Inpatient Rehab

Addiction is a complex disease that requires professional help and a support system to overcome. By choosing to seek treatment at Greenbriar, you are taking an important step towards reclaiming your life from addiction. With proper preparation, a positive mindset, and trust in the process, you can set yourself up for success during inpatient rehab.

You are not alone in this journey. Our team at Greenbriar is here to support and guide you towards lasting recovery. Don't hesitate to reach out for help and start your journey towards a healthier and happier life today.

Contact us at 800-637-4673 or schedule an appointment to start your recovery journey with us. Keep in mind that this is just the beginning of your journey, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the inpatient rehab program at Greenbriar?

At Greenbriar, the duration of our inpatient rehab program is customized to meet individual needs and progress. Generally, our inpatient programs last from 28 to 90 days. Our team of specialists at Greenbriar will help determine the most suitable treatment approach and duration for your specific situation.

Is my stay at Greenbriar covered by insurance?

We accept many insurance plans at Greenbriar and will work with you to determine coverage for our inpatient rehab program. Contact us at 800-637-4673 to speak with a member of our team about your insurance options.

How does inpatient rehab address mental health?

Inpatient rehab focuses on treating both physical and mental health, recognizing that substance abuse often stems from underlying mental health issues. Through therapy, counseling, and other evidence-based treatments, individuals can work towards improving their overall well-being and addressing any co-occurring mental health disorders.