Menu Close

Preparing for Treatment Admissions

Providing Trusted, Evidence-Based
Treatment for Three Decades and Counting

If you or a loved one is experiencing addiction, we’re here to help.

It can feel intimidating to enter into an alcohol or drug treatment program. You might have questions about what to bring, how to prepare, or other concerns about life in treatment. To answer those questions, we asked real admissions experts and drug counselors who have helped thousands of people through the process.

How to Prepare for Drug and Alcohol Treatment Admission

InterventionPack wisely. If you are going to a residential treatment center, you can expect to spend several weeks there. So you should pack several changes of comfortable clothes. No need to get too fancy here; comfort should be the order of the day when selecting the clothing you’ll bring with you. Also, toiletries and other essential may be provided by the facility, but check with them first to make sure.

Tie up loose ends. In some cases, there may not be enough time to tie up loose ends at home and the office. But if you have the opportunity to do so, it is a good idea to handle any outstanding issues. Some simple steps you could take include: scheduling payment for your bills, calling friends or family members, and telling coworkers you’ll be away for a while. Remember, you do not legally have to tell your coworkers that you are going away for treatment. You are protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act, which is extended to people with the chronic disease of addiction. By taking care of unfinished business before entering drug rehab, the you’ll have fewer distractions during recovery.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Many people go through the admissions process without asking any questions about their treatment. Not knowing what’s going on only adds to the stress of being in a new environment. You should never be afraid to ask the staff questions about your treatment program. No question is off limits.

Be honest with your family. Entering into alcohol or drug treatment is a very private matter for many people. However, that doesn’t mean close family doesn’t deserve to know the truth. While every family is different, these are likely the people who are most affected by your addiction. Being honest is a great first step in your recovery process, and there’s no better time to be honest than when you’re beginning the road to recovery.

Why Alcohol and Drug Treatment Are So Important

People with substance abuse problems are not only putting their own lives at risk, but also the lives of everyone around them. Sadly, few addicts will seek out treatment on their own, and it is all too common for addicts to sink deeper into destructive behavior without getting the help they need.

Addiction treatment is important because it addresses all these problems. Addiction treatment also helps people see that they have a problem. The treatment process shows how addiction affects others and teaches how to break the cycle of addiction. The first step in treatment is detox.

According to Psychology Today, detoxification is an essential part of a prevention and treatment program for recovery of mental health, including PTSD, depression, and addictions.[1]

Once your body starts to rebuild itself, you can heal. At Michael’s House have one of the most comprehensive rehab programs in the country. People who enter Michael’s House for treatment leave with a positive new outlook on life, free of the problems brought on by drug abuse. Please contact Michael’s House today at 760.548.4032 for more information.


[1] Korn, Leslie. “How Detoxification Will Improve Your Mental Health.” Psychology Today. January 13,2017.