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Making the decision to seek help with your addiction and attend a residential treatment program such as the Hills is challenging. There are fears associated with leaving home and being away from friends, family, and loved ones. There are also concerns about what people will think about the fact that you went to rehab. Will you lose friends? Your Job? Will people look at you differently when you get home? Despite all of these concerns and fears, you have decided residential treatment is the best choice for you. So now what? Your intake day has arrived, and suddenly you have more questions than answers despite all of the research you did early on the choose the best center for you.

It is not abnormal for intake day to be a mix of emotions. There will be moments of anxiety mixed with moments of excitement and curiosity. After all, today-intake day- is the start of your new life free from addiction. During intake, there will be questions, forms, paperwork, surveys, and likely an exam or two. There will also be time for providers and caretakers to answer some of the questions you may have. Below are a few of the most common intake day questions patients often have as they are entering rehab.

How is treatment at The Hills different?

There are many, many alcohol and drug treatment centers throughout the United States, so choosing which program is best for you definitely takes research. While these programs all have similar goals, there may be differences in how they arrive at those goals. When your intake day comes, you should feel comfortable that the treatment process at the program you are checking into aligns with your needs and goals. At The Hills, we teach our clients how to balance all aspects of their lives. Success in recovery requires a balance of professional, personal, and recovery practices. At The Hills, we also have a staff that consists of master level licensed clinicians, many of whom have shared similar experiences to yours. This provides a mix of personal experience as well as professional treatment capability. Our individualized treatment plans are developed for and centered around your specific needs to help ensure your transition to recovery post-treatment is as seamless and successful as possible.

What is detox like?

The idea of detox can be scary. Television and movies paint a picture that would make anyone want to avoid the process at all costs. While it is true that detox is not pleasant or enjoyable, the unpleasant symptoms can be managed through appropriate medical care. Everyone will experience detox and associated symptoms differently, and for some people (depending on their addiction), the process can be dangerous. Our physicians and nursing staff will monitor you throughout the process to ensure your safety and to make sure your detox is as comfortable as possible. Detox is certainly not something you want to do on your own, especially in the face of potentially life-threatening complications.

How long will treatment take?

Similar to the detox process, the duration of treatment is different for everyone. Several contributing factors will determine the type of treatment interventions and how long the process will take. It is important to note that treatment and recovery do not end when you walk out the door of a treatment facility. From intake day through the next weeks, months, and years, you will continue to receive treatment and work on your sobriety. Some of the factors that contribute to the length of treatment include the facility you are entering, the severity and duration of your addiction, the nature of your addiction (what you are addicted to), and several others. The most common treatment program durations are thirty, sixty- and ninety-day programs. As a general rule, the longer and more severe the addiction, the longer the treatment process will likely be. This holds even more true when detox is necessary as the detox process can take up to ten days.

Once you leave your residential treatment program, you will have therapy appointments or group meetings that will continue for some time beyond your initial treatment stay. Continuing to attend therapy or group support meetings is essential to the recovery process and will help to limit the chance of relapse.

What am I paying for at rehab?

The first thing many people ask about when researching rehab programs is cost. In truth, the price of a program may be the reason it was removed from your list of potential facilities early on. In some cases, insurance may contribute or pay for treatment, whereas in others, it may not. It is essential to understand what your insurance will provide and what your out of pocket expenses will be. It is also very important to know what you are “paying for” when you attend a program. During intake day, you will likely sign papers related to your financial obligation and insurance billing. It would be beneficial to understand, before the intake day process, what you are signing for. In short, the fees for most rehabilitation programs are directly related to the level of services and amenities offered by the facility. This means more specialized programs often come at a higher price tag. Another contributing factor is the exclusivity of the program or options within the programs. For example, if you enter a program that offers private rooms in a secluded environment with yoga, saunas, acupuncture, and equine therapy available as part of your treatment, you are likely to see a higher cost for your care. One additional, although not the final reason for one facility to cost more than another, is the qualifications of the staff and medical professionals who will be providing your treatment.

What will my daily life be like during rehab?

A typical day in your chosen program will depend mainly on the program you are attending. You will likely be provided with a rough schedule of your daily activities during the intake day process. That list will be refined and adjusted accordingly over the first few days of your treatment. The best programs are highly structured and combined elements of therapy that include individual, group, and family therapy along with education, training around coping and life skills, and recreation time. Most programs will provide three meals each day and allow time for personal reflection or meditation, depending on the interest of the person.

Will you talk to my primary care provider about my treatment?

Rehab, detox, and recovery all impact a person’s mental and physical health in different ways. For those who have been struggling with addiction long term, there are likely to be physical impacts on the body that will require ongoing treatment and care after leaving returning home from treatment. It is common knowledge that long-term drug addiction or alcoholism impacts the body in many ways. During your intake process, it would be beneficial to ask your care providers at treatment if they will communicate about your stay with them to your primary care provider. It will be helpful for your provider to understand the medications you may be prescribed during treatment as well as how your body reacted to detox and the overall treatment process.

What can I bring with me?

This is more of a question you will want to seek the answers to before intake day. It would be unfortunate to pack your bag full of items that are not allowed in your treatment facility while neglecting or forgetting to pack the essentials. Most treatment centers, including The Hills, have their own list of permitted and prohibited items. A typical bag packed for a stay at rehab should include appropriate clothing, hygiene products, and toiletries, as well as a journal and your ID. Commonly prohibited items include drugs, alcohol, electronic devices, personal computers, weapons, inappropriate clothing, and cosmetic products that contain alcohol or aerosol products. Often, movies, CD’s, and books that are not related to self-help or recovery are commonly prohibited as well.

Should my family be part of my treatment process?

For recovery to be successful, family involvement is essential. It is not uncommon for addiction issues to be related in some way to challenges faced within the family, so allowing (and encouraging) the family to participate helps provide a means for the family to communicate in a safe environment. This helps to provide healing for everyone involved.

Choosing the right treatment center for you will require taking the time to look at several different factors about the programs they offer. Things like staff experience, cost, location, and the environment at the treatment center are also important to consider. It is essential to find a program that specializes in treating your addiction and offers affordable financing or accepts insurance so that you can attend treatment without the fear of how the process will impact your family budget.

Phone - Intake day - The HillsYou have decided to seek treatment through residential treatment and your intake day has arrived. It is entirely reasonable to feel a mix of emotions and have questions you didn’t think to ask when you first spoke to someone. That is okay.  Asking questions is part of learning, and through treatment and therapy over the coming weeks and months, you will learn a lot more about yourself and your needs. At The Hills, we design treatment plans that are specific to the individual and to the addiction they are struggling to overcome. We also provide care through a team of highly trained medical professionals who will guide you through the early, challenging days of rehab. Rehab and addiction treatment is a challenge, but the best challenge you will meet and succeed at. Please feel free to contact your Hills Team any time with any question or concern you may have; we are here for you.

We look forward to working with you to help you meet and achieve your addiction-free goals.

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