Getting prepared for rehab is not what a lot of people think.
Often we believe that we need to clean up our act in some way. We feel we have to try to begin the detox process before we get there. This is something that is discouraged across our entire industry. Attempting detox before getting into supervised care should be avoided.
You should make no effort to alter your dosage levels until you reach our centre.
Preparation is in two categories – Mental preparation and Physical (Logistical) preparation.
Preparing Yourself Mentally
One of the most significant ways to inspire yourself for recovery is by educating yourself about it.
Before recovery, clients should read and absorb as much information as they can about the recovery process. Also, you should read the stories of success and learn about people who have turned their lives around.
It is important to remember that recovery isn’t about entering into a neutral, dull state of sobriety. It is about discovering natural joy, bliss and transcendent happiness that comes when recovery is nurtured and allowed to reach its full potential. Only by reading about the long term benefits and those that have experienced them, will you get a taste of the true happiness that is possible.
Preparing Yourself Physically (Logistically)
There are a couple of principals behind this.
First, you want to deal will your work commitments and financial commitments so that you don’t have to worry about them while you are away.
Next, you should deal with any family commitments. Ultimately you want to make the necessary arrangements so that during your time in recovery, you can focus entirely on the mission in hand. As the saying goes, you need to ‘get all of your ducks in a row.’
“You might be hesitant to mention your upcoming rehab stay to your employer, but anyone who appreciates you as an employee will want you to get better. They want the healthiest, happiest and best version of you, so the sooner you can let your employer know, the better.”
Of course, there will be situations when an employer is not so sensitive to such matters but, for the most part; we have found that a reasonable employer can be a great support in these situations. A big part of preparation is removing anything that can be a source of internal stress during your recovery. To have your employer on your side can be a great help with this.
“If you have bills that need to be paid whilst you are out, make sure that you sign up for automatic payments or speak to someone you trust about making sure your bills get paid. You definitely won’t want to come back, ready to tackle life and be saddled with financial stresses.”
What should I bring to Rehab?
You are probably wondering what is allowed and what is not allowed.
In terms of what to bring, everyone id different but we advise that you only bring the essentials. Some items will not be permitted. Rehabs.com suggests that there are seven essential items to pack for rehab –
I suppose it doesn’t have to be old necessarily. It’s just that most people listen to music on smartphones these days. So, what they are saying is that a lot of rehabs do not allow mobile phones for many reasons, including privacy. Since phones can take photos of people, they are a risk to the anonymity of recovery. So, having an iPod or any mp3 player means that you can have access to music 24/7 without a phone.
At Seasons we have ‘tech time’ during which clients can use their smartphones. Tech time is for one hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and two hours on Sunday.
It might occur to you that you want to look your best in rehab. If that is important to you, then, by all means, dress to impress. We have found that when the hard work of recovery begins, no-one looks their best, and the importance of wearing clothes well seems to take a back seat to other more pressing issues. At that point, comfortable loose clothing and shoes appear to provide a high degree of comfort, and the last thing you want is to be sitting around in your tight pants. Clothes should be suitable for warm to hot weather.
For footwear, we recommend sandals or open shoes and one pair of closed shoes such as sneakers. You can also bring slippers or ugg boots, although Bali is quite warm. You should also bring clothing suitable for exercise and a bathing suit. We provide you with towels.
Of course, you will need your toiletries bag, but please ensure that all of the products are alcohol-free.
Please speak with your Client Liaison about procedures involved with your medications.
These items will be securely kept locked away until ‘tech time’. During tech time, you will be free to use them. A paper list of phone numbers can also be useful in case you need to make a call at some time when you don’t have access to your devices.
Of course, no-one would recommend that you smoke, but getting off more prominent substances is the priority here. You can focus on quitting smoking later. In the meantime, bring more cigarettes than you would usually smoke.
Being prepared for rehab is a way of making your life more comfortable whilst you are here. The main reason for this is so that you can be free to focus on the mission at hand. At the same time, its important not to get too hung up on things if you cant meet all of the above criteria. The most important things to bring to rehab are your body, mind and a willingness to change.