Entering treatment for addiction is a big step, one that shouldn’t be handled lightly. Whatever treatment program you choose, there will be some things you need to discuss with the treatment center and then ultimately an alcohol and drug addiction counselor.

At first glance, these discussions might seem trivial, but they are very important to set the tone for your recovery. Think of it as the stepping-off point. In order to move forward, you have to start the process, and a discussion with the treatment center is where that process begins. Here are three questions that an alcohol and drug counselor will most likely ask before you begin treatment:

1. What have you been using and how long have you been using? This will determine if you need detox
It’s customary that the facility you choose will need to know what drugs or alcohol you’ve been using. If you are abusing more than one substance, be honest. It won’t change their opinion of you or make them think less of you because they are there to help. An alcohol and drug addiction counselor needs to know in order to form a proper assessment.

The duration of your addiction is also important because it gives them a timeframe for how long the toxins have been entering your body. They will also want to know the last time you used. These questions are more directed toward finding the best options for detox. Certain drugs have longer detox processes, and others require much more involved detoxes with a medical presence. No matter your addiction, the treatment center you choose will provide the best detox plan for your situation.

2. Information regarding payment and insurance
Before you begin treatment, the facility will need a bunch of information from you, similar to when you fill out those forms at the doctor’s office. They will want to know: Who is the primary insurance policy holder and what is that policy holder’s date of birth? What is the policy holder’s policy number? Then they will ask for your name, date of birth, etc.

While this might seem unimportant at the time, it is key to getting the proper treatment you need. You don’t want to go into a facility and begin treatment only to find that insurance won’t cover the costs or that you have to pay out of pocket and don’t have the funds to do so. It’s more of a preventative measure, which covers both you and the facility, so they can provide the care you need, and you can get treatment.

3. Have you ever been to treatment in the past?
If you have been to treatment before, then you know the drill. Being in treatment prior and needing to go again, doesn’t sway professionals one way or the other. They want to know if you have sought help before because they want to know how to tailor your treatment to include your past and your future.

They may also want to know why the previous treatment didn’t work. Were there outside factors? Stress? Or even past trauma that wasn’t thoroughly worked through in the treatment sought prior? It’s important to be honest with the professionals at the treatment center. Don’t feel ashamed of your past and substance abuse when you speak with them because they are there to help.

Many people are terrified of treatment. They fear the withdrawal process or being away from family and loved ones. Treatment centers will do all that they can to soothe those fears and make the transition into sober living as easy as possible. There is no tried-and-true way to get sober. What may work for one person won’t work for everyone, which is why a tailored treatment plan is important. It’s also why counselors are important. Alcohol and drug addiction counselors will help you move through any past pain or trauma, whatever led you to use your substance of choice. Sometimes it’s about putting your trust in people and seeing what they can do with it.

If you have any questions or want to get started on the path to sobriety, please call us at Center For Healing 888-500-9279.



Erica Franco Mortimer, MA, LPC, LCADC
Founder and CEO
Center for Healing
Evan Berk Erica is a licensed therapist with over twenty-years experience in mental health. Erica offers practical and straight forward advice to those struggling with addiction and their families. Having deep insight and understanding of addiction, Erica is able to offer guidance to those looking to regain control of their lives.


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