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Everything You Need to Do Before Entering Rehab

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Checking into rehab is the best thing you can do for yourself right now. However, you have to be prepared, so you can devote all of your energy to your recovery. Here is all you need to do before you enter your facility to ensure a stress-free recovery.

Preparing Your Home
It may seem daunting to leave your home for several weeks. As with taking a vacation, you will want to ensure your home is secure during your absence. The most obvious is to lock all doors, windows, and your garage before you leave. A security system may give you peace of mind; if you have one, inform your service of how long the property will be vacant. Don't post on social media, and be sure to stop all mail or papers before you leave. Also, ask a neighbor or friend to check in every so often. During that time, they can turn lights on and off, and ensure that if you get a delivery, it's put away quickly. Timers can automatically turn on the TV or living room light to give the appearance that someone is home. If you have pets, your best option is to board them so that they aren't alone for too long. Turn off anything you don't need, such as your water; you'll save on your bills and limit any accidents that could happen during your absence.

Check in with Family
Most rehab programs last for several weeks. Even if you don't feel comfortable discussing your situation with relatives and close friends, you must let them know you'll be gone. After all, during your recovery, you will be very busy and may have limited contact with the outside world. This is to help you break old patterns and establish new, healthy routines. If you are a caregiver for your children or your parents, you need to make arrangements for their care. Should you have kids, your partner or a close family member may agree to take them. However, dependent adults require full-time consideration. You might only need to arrange daycare visits. If they require additional support, you may have to admit them into an assisted care facility.

Get Work Sorted
How you take a leave of absence from work will depend on your position and your industry. You're guaranteed 12 weeks of medical leave, so you know your job will be protected. However, having a discussion involving rehab with HR can seem daunting. If you are valuable to your company, you might consider asking for a sabbatical. This lets you recover safely in the facility of your choice and, afterward, have time to establish new routines at home. See if your company accommodates sabbaticals, but if they don't, you could still ask for one. Come up with a plan to get your position covered, and have a good reason for the extended break. For instance, explain how it could both improve your performance and your value to the business. This will give you your best shot at your request being approved.

Financial Considerations
Unfortunately, you will still need to pay bills and utilities while you are gone. Many companies allow you to automate payments. This can be helpful for fixed-rate costs, like a mortgage. However, bills that vary monthly, such as credit card or energy payments, may pose problems. You may not feel comfortable without checking the monthly amount yourself before you pay. If that's the case, you could have bills sent to your bank. This way, you can check them online and pay them. The company itself may allow payments via an app or website, and while the internet may be limited at your facility, you won't be without access completely.

Packing Your Bag
You won't need much, and your individual program may have unique requirements. However, there are some staples you should bring with you regardless. At the least, bring a journal to document your experience. Not only is journaling cathartic, but it can also help process stress. It is a tool that can also benefit your future self. You will be able to look back, reread your history, and tangibly see just how far you've come over the course of your recovery.

This is going to be a difficult time, but being prepared can make it easier. This should be a period where you focus on yourself instead of worrying about issues like home security. Check off everything on your list to have peace of mind before you start your journey to recovery.


Monica Smith

Monica Smith is excited to have found her new passion in sobriety: carpentry. She thinks anyone who finds a career or project to work on that brings them a sense of peace can find the same sense of stability that she has found.


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