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What to Expect on Your First Day in Drug Rehab

Your first day in drug rehab can be nerve wracking. It’s the beginning of a lot of work and big changes in your life, changes that won’t always be comfortable even if they lead to great rewards later on down the road. You can expect to meet with medical and therapeutic professionals during the intake process, help someone go through your suitcase to make sure you have no contraband items, and have a little time to settle in. It’s pretty simple and stress-free. In fact, your first day should be one of the easiest you experience in drug rehab.

Drug Rehab Intake Process

The intake process is a lot of questions and answers. You’ll undergo a physical to see where you stand medically. This is a good time to tell the medical professional about any underlying medical issues you are experiencing – high blood pressure, asthma, Hepatitis C – and make sure they have any prescriptions you will need during your stay. In some cases, you may find out that you need some more testing and treatment to handle those issues. This is a good thing – you’ll be able to meet with your medical team as often as possible to make sure you are taken care of.

You’ll also meet with a therapist for an intake appointment. You’ll have a chance to relate your drug history and what you’re hoping to accomplish in drug rehab. You may even have time to talk about some of the underlying issues that propelled your addiction and begin the process of creating a treatment plan that you can work with throughout your stay. If you are diagnosed with a psychological disorder, make sure that is known so that you can take advantage of dual diagnosis treatment.

Drug Rehab: Looking Through Your Stuff

It’s inevitable. You will have a counselor go through the suitcase that you packed and any other bags to make sure that you don’t have any drugs, alcohol, weapons or other contraband items. In some instances, you may have to give up electronic communication devices like cell phones and PDAs at this time. If you have a prescription medication, you will be expected to hand those over to the onsite medical center or pharmacy; you will be given your medication when it’s time for your dose.

If you are unsure what is and is not considered contraband, make sure to request a sheet that lets you know what you can and can’t bring to drug rehab before you begin packing. It will make your first day a lot easier.

Drug Rehab: Settling In

After you’ve signed the paperwork, met with everyone and been given a tour, you’ll have a little time to settle in. Depending upon what time of day it is, you may be invited to join the group for a meeting or head over to a meal. Note: Your physical health may dictate what happens now. If you are ill and require medical attention, that will always be attended to first.

First Day in Drug Rehab at The Canyon

If you would like to know more about what you can expect during your first day at drug rehab at The Canyon, call us today.

Wendy Lee Nentwig

By Wendy Lee Nentwig
Guest Contributor

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