Recovery is a lifelong process, and the journey begins with a decision to try. Are you ready? We’ll walk you through the process of finding placement so you can start this new and better chapter of your life.
Step 1: Pick up the phone.
Reaching out for help from professional drug and alcohol recovery services is the crucial first step to regaining control of your life. The phone will feel heavy in your hand as you battle a flurry of emotions. It’s natural to feel scared and ashamed to admit your substance abuse problem aloud. You may have strong feelings of uncertainty and battle with yourself if you have the strength to give up your drug of choice.
But once you overcome the hesitation and fear, enter the first phase of your recovery by initiating treatment with that first call. On the other line, you’ll find a caring, compassionate, and licensed recovery professional who is not there to judge or disrespect you. Their only goal is to help you understand your options based on your signs and symptoms or risk level.
Step 2: Find the service that fits your budget.
From customized recovery plans and treatment programs to relapse prevention strategies, there is a treatment path that will give you the best chance at long-term recovery from addiction.
The recovery professional on the phone is also there to help determine what treatment services your health plan will cover and what you can expect your out-of-pocket expenses to be.
Don’t be ashamed to admit you’re broke if you are. Everyone’s individual circumstances vary, and there are addiction treatment services available for every budget level. In fact, being honest about where you’re at financially is key to ensuring you are matched with the right service. Drowning in debt will only increase your risk of relapse.
Step 3: Let your loved ones or support person know you are going to treatment.
Make a list of names of the people you wish to be involved in your treatment. They’re probably the ones most impacted by your addiction. Call your close family and friends to let them know you’re taking this incredible leap forward and how determined you are to take control of your life.
Make the necessary arrangements to ensure your responsibilities are left in good hands. This may involve asking close relatives to take care of your kids and pets. You may want to leave your keys with a trusted neighbor who can regularly water your plants or feed your fish. You will also need to cancel all upcoming appointments that you know you won’t be available for. And if you have work, let your boss know that you need time off.
Step 4: Mentally and physically prepare for the transition.
You’re getting closer to the best thing you can do for your life right now. Think about what you can do to improve your mental and physical well-being.
All you need to do now is pack a bag and make arrangements to go. Make sure you follow the center’s recommended packing checklist, so you don’t end up bringing any prohibited items. Each treatment facility is different. However, all centers will prohibit drugs and alcohol, weapons, pornography, and other items that will distract you and others from focusing on your recovery.
Step 5: Walk through the door.
Checking into a recovery center and beginning the admissions process can feel scary at first. The center’s admissions team will inspect your bags to ensure you haven’t tried to bring in prohibited items. It may feel like a violation of your privacy, but it’s done for your safety and the safety of others. All they want is to give you the best start to true sobriety.
Let us help you understand your treatment options. The Right Way provides guidance, coaching, and referrals to proven and pre-vetted programs. We are compassionate advocates for your recovery. Our services are offered free of charge to everyone, regardless of an individual’s financial status or ability to pay for treatment services.