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What to Do Before You Enter a Drug Treatment Center

More oftentimes than not, someone who’s decided to enter a drug treatment center has gone through much heartache and frustration brought on by drug use. Considering how strong a hold drugs (and alcohol) can have on a person’s will, the decision to get needed treatment help takes a considerable degree of will and fortitude.

Before entering a drug treatment center, it’s always a good idea to have a sense of what it will take to ensure a successful recovery. As recovery entails a process of growth and healing, going into treatment with the right frame of mind can help a person better deal with the changes and challenges that lie ahead.

Choosing the drug treatment center that bests meets your treatment needs becomes especially important as different programs approach addiction treatment in different ways.

Mental Preparation: Committing to the Process

Addiction not only takes over a person’s physical and emotional will but also creates its own lifestyle that’s centered on getting and using drugs. A lifestyle, in general, consists of a series of behaviors, habits and patterns of thinking that all work towards a common end. The decision to enter a drug treatment center goes against everything the addiction lifestyle stand for in terms of “life purpose.”

For these reasons, it’s important to mentally prepare for the drastic change in routine that comes with the drug treatment process. The overall goals of drug treatment work to undo the physical damage done to the body as well as undo the psychological effects of addiction in a person’s life. Going into the process with an open mind and a willing attitude can go a long way towards easing the process along.

Choose the Right Drug Treatment Program

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Researching the right treatment program and knowing what to bring and what to expect there will help the experience go smoothly.

While all drug treatment centers have the same end goal in mind, some programs may specialize in treating certain types of drug addictions, such as heroin versus cocaine. Drug treatment centers can also vary in the level or intensity of treatment offered in terms of residential versus outpatient settings.

As a general rule, the more severe the addiction problem the more structured the treatment setting should be. According to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, the more structured the treatment setting the higher the rate of successful program completion. Structured settings, such as residential programs not only reduce the likelihood of relapse, but also enable a person to fully focus on his or her recovery.

Other factors that likely warrant a structured treatment setting include –

  • A co-occurring medical condition
  • Mental health problems
  • Having multiple addictions

Making Arrangements

Recovering from a drug addiction will no doubt take a considerable amount of time out of a person’s daily schedule. People who have work and family responsibilities will likely need to make arrangements before going into a drug treatment center program.

As even the shortest programs run for 28 days, shoring up things at work and ensuring childcare and household tasks are tended to can help ensure a person doesn’t have even bigger problems to deal with after completing a drug center treatment program. Lastly, enlisting the support of friends and family throughout the recovery process can make a big difference during your stay at a drug treatment center as well as when you return home.

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