WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU FIRST GET TO REHAB

Checking yourself into rehab isn’t easy.

This is especially true if it’s your first time in a rehab program and you’re unsure of what to expect when starting rehab. Most don’t know what to expect at rehab and in many cases, they haven’t gone without using drugs or alcohol in a long time. The information that follows is meant to help you know what to expect at rehab.

GETTING STARTED

On your first day, you can expect to spend between three and five hours at our facility. The first thing you’ll be asked to do is provide ID and your insurance card — we accept Medicare, Medicaid and most other forms of insurance. While rare, some insurance providers may not cover substance abuse treatment. If that’s the case, our office staff will work with you to make sure you receive the help you need. You’ll work with office staff to complete paperwork, providing information about yourself and your drug or alcohol use. Once you’ve completed enrollment paperwork, you’ll move on to assessments.

ASSESSMENTS ON YOUR FIRST DAY OF REHAB

On your first day, you’ll receive several tests and assessments. Initially, you’ll be asked to undergo a drug screen and breath alcohol test. Blood work will be requested to determine your liver and kidney function as well as check for hepatitis C, which is associated with intravenous drug use. It’s important that your liver and kidney are functioning well enough for you to undergo outpatient treatment. In the event there’s an issue with these tests, our staff can refer you to an appropriate treatment program. These blood tests will be performed again every six months for the duration of your treatment.

You’ll also meet with a doctor to determine your need for medications such as Vivitrol or Suboxone, as well as an assessment counselor who will match you with an individual counselor and assess your physical, emotional and mental health. If your individual counselor is available, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with them briefly on your first day.

STARTING YOUR PROGRAM

Once you’ve enrolled and had the chance to meet our team, you’ll be sent home with all the information you need to get through your first week of recovery. Your next appointment will be one week later, where you’ll meet with your counselor and if necessary, your physician, who will oversee any medication assisted treatment. These appointments occur weekly for four to six weeks and over time will become less frequent. However, you’re welcome to visit with your counselor anytime you feel the need.

Group therapy is an important part of recovery. At On Demand Counseling, we encourage our clients to attend regular sessions. Most clients attend an average of 12 group sessions each month. We provide meals during group therapy and can provide transportation assistance when needed.

SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING A REHAB PROGRAM

Once you’ve settled into your rehab program, you can expect it to continue for about six months plus long-term maintenance visits. Engaging in your recovery program is vital if you want to succeed. We expect our clients to show an eagerness to change while communicating their needs, expectations and frustrations to their counselor.

If you’re ready to begin your recovery journey, walk in today to begin receiving the treatment you need.

GET HELP NOW!

For more information about how On Demand Counseling can help you change your life, call us today at 330-270-8610.

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