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
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Dear Friends,

On November 10, 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed The Canyon at Peace Park’s treatment facility. At this time, The Canyon at Peace Park is not accepting patients for any services. We arranged for the safe and seamless discharge or transition of all patients when we were forced to evacuate due to the fire.

For over 12 years, The Canyon at Peace Park has been privileged to provide integrated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to patients across the nation. Our main focus has always been on our patients and their success. We have served hundreds of patients and their families, providing exclusive treatment and services for a wide range of behavioral health and addiction issues.

Our trained, compassionate staff has been committed to delivering quality patient care with dignity and respect, with the goal of helping our patients return to their communities as healthier individuals. We are extremely proud of the sacrifices of those who worked every day, often under challenging circumstances, to positively impact our patients’ lives.

We thank the physicians and staff for their expertise and dedication in providing high quality, compassionate treatment and care to the patients we have served.

We look forward to carrying on The Canyon at Peace Park’s legacy through our outpatient locations in Santa Monica and Encino. Foundations Recovery Network also has other residential and outpatient facilities around the country offering the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

If you need help finding treatment, please visit foundationsrecoverynetwork.com or call for more information.

To request medical records please contact UHS-NRO Records Department. Fax a copy of the completed/signed ROI form to FAX# (615)-997-1200 or it can be emailed to [email protected] If you need additional guidance on medical records, please call (615) 312-5834


The Canyon at Peace Park Leadership Team