How to Prepare for Alcohol or Drug Treatment Programs

Alcohol or Drug Treatment Programs

Deciding to enter an alcohol or drug treatment program could be the most important decision of your life. Taking the steps to gain control over your addiction is a powerful statement to make to yourself and your loved ones. There is an excellent chance that, years after you have completed the process, you may look back on your decision to enroll in a rehab program as the moment that changed your life…for the better.

Taking the first step in any journey may be the hardest, but once you have decided to gain control over your addictions, actually entering a program can still be a scary and nerve-wracking experience. However, your goal before going into an alcohol or drug rehab treatment program is to go in with the mindset that you’re ready for what lies ahead and that you’re entering rehab to come out healthier for the long-term.

Setting Yourself Up for Success

Depending on your situation, you may not have much time to prepare for a program, but it’s important to try to put your affairs in order as much as possible. Why? Because returning home from what feels like a successful treatment program to a life filled with chaos and burdens can be the fastest way to trigger a relapse and put your sobriety in jeopardy. Here are a few of the most important things that you can do to prepare before entering a rehab treatment program.


One of the first things you should take care of is squaring things away with your job. Making a living is likely one of the main priorities in your life, and if you must leave your job, do it gracefully with a two-week notice (unless it is necessary that you begin treatment immediately) and without burning any bridges. Also be aware that addiction is considered a disability and you are allowed, by law, a leave of absence under ‘The Family Leave Act.’ The best way to get more info about this is to talk to your doctor or the treatment facility that you will be enrolling in.



The one thing you do not want once you return from treatment is the pressure of having to deal with unpaid bills that have been piling up. Make a few arrangements for your financial obligations. You might try and put a hold on your payments, lower your monthly bill until you return, or set up auto-pay.

Or, if you have the money to set aside and can have a trustworthy family member continue paying your bills while you’re receiving treatment. But if you don’t, most financial institutions will work with you on your payments. All you have to do is ask. Phone companies and cable providers may put a hold on your contracts and simply resume them once you are out. Making sure your financial obligations are taken care of will make the treatment go smoother since you can focus solely on it.

Family and friends

Welcome the support of family and friends during this difficult time, and don’t be embarrassed to let them know what is really happening, either. They can be a much needed support system throughout the whole process and can help you stay strong once you return. Make sure to leave your family and friends on good terms, and clear up any misunderstandings and apologize for your past actions if you need to.

Pack appropriately

You should check with your treatment facility beforehand to find out what you can and cannot bring with you. Make sure to pack enough clothing for your stay, and bring anything you may need to make your stay feel as comfortable as possible. Being in rehab can be difficult at times, and having a few personal belongings can be very comforting during your times of need.

Prepare yourself mentally

Just by deciding to enter a treatment program, you have have crossed over a major mental hurdle. But it doesn’t stop there. Getting a handle on your addictions can be a difficult process. Prepare yourself mentally for the hard work that will come during your stay. You will need to open up to people, analyze yourself, and take a long, deep look at the person you have become. Sometimes, being self-analytical can be a scary and much more difficult process than you might expect. Going into a treatment program may also be the first time that you are ever away from your family and friends. Reading more about what to expect from a rehab program can help minimize the unknown of a treatment program and make you feel more at ease. Speaking with someone who has personally experienced a similar rehab program and is leading a healthy life afterwards can also help you learn about what to expect.Back to

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