How long will I have to stay?
The simple answer is: The longer you stay, the better. Many patients are apprehensive about treatment due to the length it may require to get the help necessary. No one enjoys having their life uprooted, and it can be frightening to go to an unfamiliar place that is outside comfort zones.
But getting a patient out of their usual habits and even certain locations can be a first step in creating positive change. Patients know where they can acquire their substance of choice, so taking them out of that environment can help curb the addiction.
Most facilities require at least a 28-day program, but there are longer programs and even post-rehabilitation facilities that aid patients in getting their lives back on track after treatment. The most important thing to remember is that it’s an everyday process, some days will be good, and others will be hard.
Will I be able to use my phone?
Most everyone is guilty of having a phone on them at all times. Different treatment centers will have varying rules about cell-phone usage, so every facility or treatment plan will require diverse actions. It’s common that treatment centers like to focus on time without the use of a cell phone. This allows a patient to focus on their recovery and why they are in treatment.
Having a period to unplug and delve into whatever issue the patient is dealing with can be a giant step in the way of recovery and establishing healthy life choices.
Will I be able to see my family?
If a patient comes in with close family, one of their main concerns in going in for treatment is when they can see their family. It’s not uncommon for patients to be dependent on family or loved ones, so the thought of separation becomes quite alarming. Often, treatment centers may require a “blackout” period where patients won’t be able to speak to family and friends, but almost all programs offer a family component, since family is so important to the recovery process. This allows the patient to stand on their own throughout treatment and gain confidence in who they are as well as their ability to succeed.
How much will treatment cost?
This question is best answered by the treatment center that you choose. Inpatient facilities have been known to cost more than outpatient treatment programs because they provide patients with therapy, housing, food, and activities. Outpatient treatment programs can fluctuate in costs, due in part to what they provide. Things such as structured outpatient programs, weekly group and individual counseling sessions, and sometimes free support group meetings.
Before making a decision, research what local resources are available. If cost is one of the reasons preventing a patient from entering treatment, point out the cost of treatment versus the cost of a continued addiction.
Can I smoke a cigarette?
While there is no nationwide ban on smoking, every treatment center is different. Most (but not all) treatment centers allow cigarette smoking. However, centers that are located on hospital grounds will be more restrictive as they have higher health and safety regulations to maintain. Additionally, publicly funded facilities will be held to regulations passed by public health organizations, so smoking may be prohibited in those rehab centers. Privately owned centers, on the other hand, can make their own rules even though they still have to follow state and federal guidelines. In any case, smoking will vary for every facility. But patients shouldn’t let that deter them from going for treatment.
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
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.