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Drug Rehab Admissions: What to Know

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Making the commitment to enter drug or alcohol rehab isn’t always easy. Many people deal with denial of addiction, and other difficult, inner debates. However, going to rehab is an important step in reclaiming your life, your personal freedom, and your health. With professional inpatient treatment, recovering addicts have the best possible chance at getting well and staying that way.

Fortunately, drug and alcohol treatment centers have carefully streamlined their admissions to make enrolling both uncomplicated and stress-free. Thus, once you’ve committed to receiving addiction treatment, rehab facilities will do all that they can to expedite your start.

Like many people, you probably have a wealth of questions at this stage. You may be wondering:

  • What the accepted payment methods are
  • How long you’ll have to wait before getting into your preferred program
  • How you’ll get to and from the rehab center of your choice
  • Whether or not a program is actually a good fit for you

These questions are both common and expected. At Recovery Bay, our team of admissions counselors are always available to provide enrollment information, and respond to these and other inquiries. They know that fear of the unknown can derail a person’s commitment to treatment, and diminish their motivation. Working with an admissions counselor at your chosen rehab facility will allay your fears and help you establish a solid plan for getting started on the path to wellness. 

Rehab Admissions Process

Finding the right program types is a key part of ensuring the success of professional addiction treatment. Addiction can look very different from one person to the next. In order to meet a sufficiently broad range of needs, rehab centers offer a variety of services. At Recovery Bay, our clients have access to medically assisted detox, inpatient addiction treatment, individual counseling, family counseling, and more.

During your initial phone call to a rehab center, admissions counselors will help you find the right service or combination of services for your needs. This is usually accomplished in a pre-intake interview that’s conducted over the phone. During this phone call, you’ll need to answer questions about:

  • Your substance of choice and any other substances you’ve been using
  • Your history of addiction
  • Any past recovery attempts
  • Your current physical and psychological health
  • Any legal issues that you’re currently facing

and many other factors that are relevant to your treatment. Questions about your family life, and your current employment can help addiction treatment centers structure your care in the best and most needs-specific way possible. 

Contacting a Treatment Center

Contacting a treatment center isn’t something that you have to do on your own. If you’re uncomfortable talking about your circumstances or are simply unable to, you can complete this conversation with the help of a family member or friend. However, you may be asked to give verbal permission for a third-party to assist you.

Although you might be reluctant to have these conversations, they are a critical part of getting your journey started. The more information that you’re willing to provide, the more customized your care will ultimately be.

If you’re still shopping around for a rehab program, pre-intake interviews are excellent opportunities for different treatment centers to determine whether or not you’re a good fit. For instance, if you have a diagnosed but untreated mental health disorder, you’ll definitely want to find a location that offers dual diagnosis treatment. For people who live with both substance use disorder and underlying issues such as bipolar disorder or depression, going to rehab that offers the right services for addressing co-occurring disorders is important.

Sharing About Your Situation

You can look forward to being greeted with compassion and understanding when calling treatment centers for enrollment information. At Recovery Bay, we treat every one of our clients with the respect and dignity that we believe all people deserve. During your pre-intake phone call, you may be asked about personal life experiences that might not feel relevant to your addiction treatment.

However, being aware of certain life events can also help admissions counselors accurately determine your treatment needs. For example, if you are a survivor of childhood trauma, or are currently living in a traumatic situation, these things are definitely worth mentioning. Admissions counselors can use this info to ensure that the right therapies are both accessible and received.

It’s also important to be forthright about any medications that you’ve been taking, including those that have been prescribed by a doctor and purchased off the street. The more that rehab professionals know about your current drug use, the easier it will be to structure your detox for minimal discomfort. Better communication can lead to fewer withdrawal symptoms and fewer overall health risks.

Verifying Your Insurance Coverage or Self-Pay Options

For many people, one of the most daunting aspects of drug rehab admissions is discussing payment options. Quality rehab services can be costly, but most people have a variety of options for paying.

Most of the time, these services are covered by your health insurance plan. Though you may be responsible for your deductible or out-of-pocket based on your plan.  Many rehab centers are even willing to accept reasonable payment plans. 

During this portion of your pre-intake conversation, you’ll find out:

  • Whether a rehab center is in your insurer’s network
  • How much your deductible will be
  • Whether or not a sliding scale is used to determine payment amounts
  • If scholarships or other funding opportunities exist
  • What the options for making payment arrangements are
  • Which level of care is best for your needs

Covering the costs of addiction treatment might feel overwhelming. Admissions counselors have helped countless people learn more about their payment options, and make feasible, manageable arrangements for getting the help they need.

Scheduling and Arranging Travel

After you’ve gotten payment for your addiction treatment squared away, the next step in the drug rehab admissions process is to arrange for travel. Many people fare best in addiction programs that take them out of and away from their current environments.

These moves eliminate the triggers, stressors, and other barriers to recovery that are often caused by toxic, high-risk, or abusive relationships and living situations. If your chosen rehab is far away from home, admissions counselors will assist you in coordinating travel so that getting where you need to be isn’t a major challenge.

This portion of your pre-admissions discussion will include determining which method of travel works best. It may include who will be dropping you off at the start of your treatment among other things. You’ll also be given a brief reminder list of important things to take care of before heading out.

You may need to notify your employer of your stay, and make arrangements for your time away from work. If you have small children or pets that you care for, you’ll need to make special arrangements for them as well. By taking an organized approach to rehab enrollment from the very start, you can limit your stress and avoid any problematic oversights.

Committing to rehab might seem a bit daunting at first, but you’re guaranteed to get step-by-step guidance that makes the enrollment process as easy and stress-free as possible. If you’re tired of battling addiction on your own and are ready to start your recovery in a safe and supportive environment, we can help. Get in touch with Recovery Bay Center today to learn more about our treatment options and to speak with one of our admissions counselors.