If you or your attorney requested rehabilitation time in lieu of incarceration, you should know what you are getting yourself into. Treatment will not be like jail, but you will have to work on your addiction and actively participate in your own growth to recovery. Don’t think that going to rehabilitation will be like a vacation; you will have to do the work and doctors and staff will know if you really want to get help. When court-ordered rehabilitation is set down, what is the next stage? Here are some steps to successfully complete your court-ordered rehab.

Find a treatment center
Start your search on the internet by looking for rehabilitation facilities or treatment centers in your area. If you are willing to travel and get away from your regular environment, try doing a search for the best rehab facilities in the country. You will find countless care centers that can cater to your specific needs. However, be sure to check with the courts first to make sure you are allowed to leave the state before deciding on a treatment center.

You will also want to check with your insurance company to see what they will cover for treatment. They may not cover the entire bill, but it’s important to know whether or not you will have to pay out of pocket. Insurance companies are becoming much more up to date with helping pay for rehabilitation, so chances are, depending on your coverage and healthcare provider, that insurance will cover most of your treatment expenses.

Complete detox
Each program and patient will have diverse detoxification programs. Depending on the amount of substances used and substance type, medical detox might be necessary to ensure your safety and well-being as the drugs or alcohol vacate your system. With any detox, there will be numerous professionals around you who have seen it all, and they will help you through.

Many patients who complete detox often feel like an entirely new person once they are able to rid their bodies of the drugs or substances. You will need to complete some kind of detox in order to continue through a rehabilitation program. Detox is a large reason many addicts are fearful of treatment, but with medical support and guidance, detox can become an eye-opening experience.

Engage in the program
One of the worst things you can do to yourself is sabotage the rehabilitation process by refusing to participate and engage. This is a chance to make a new life for yourself, to find a new start. Don’t waste it. Involve yourself in one-on-one therapy or group therapy, and learn from the other patients. You may find that many of their stories are similar to your own and you can find friendship and support among the other patients who are going through the exact same thing.

Fulfill the rehab period
The best thing you can do for yourself is to complete the rehab set down by the court. If you leave early or decide not to participate, it could have serious negative implications in our court case. You will most likely be reprimanded and sentenced to serve the jail time you were originally intended. Rehab is a chance to change the course of your life for the better, so completing it is in your best interest.

Going to rehabilitation is not meant to be a jail sentence in itself. Rehab can offer you so much more than what you already have, and it can guide you to being a better and healthier person. Rehab will provide you with coping techniques, support, and even new opportunities that wouldn’t have existed previously. Sometimes the best things happen in light of bad circumstances, so take rehabilitation as an opportunity to get treatment and better yourself.

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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