Beyond doubt, one of the most asked questions we get is some version of: “how do I prepare myself to go to your facility for substance abuse in Los Angeles?” If you’re feeling panicked, confused, or overwhelmed, that’s understandable, particularly if this is your first time. Nothing in your life has really prepared you for rehab, you have no frame of reference for it, so it makes sense that it seems like a lot to deal with. It took real courage to make the decision to head to a rehab facility. Hopefully, this blog and others will help you to prepare for it as best you can.
The Financial Work
Unfortunately, many of us can’t tell those we pay bills to: “hey, I’m going to rehab. Just hold everything off until I come back.” It can help with a lot of stress if you set up automatic payments to handle all of your bills before you’re able to deal with them again. An even better option, if it’s possible and if there’s someone you trust enough, is to ask someone to make sure that your bills are taken care of. This is even more important than most people realize because when you leave a rehab facility, the last thing you want to do is walk headfirst into financial difficulties. Taking the extra time to make sure everything is taken care of before you head here can help quite a bit, both in the short and in the long term.
Only Pack What’s Truly Necessary
For many that come to rehab for the first time, the only frame of reference they have is long trips from home they may have taken previously in life. That means going to college, boarding school, moving out of their parents’ house, or that kind of thing. However, while it may be human nature to bring so many things that remind you of home, it might not be the best idea. Our facility is secluded for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that the location minimizes distractions. So, we recommend bringing a list of names and ways to contact people you want involved in your treatment, prescription medication, a small bit of cash, a debit card, insurance card, pictures of loved ones, and maybe a journal. We can work out some other items with you, if need be. If you have those, you’ll be ready to go.
Throughout the preparation process, that’s the one thing to keep in mind before you come to our facility: you’re ready for this. No one feels like they’re ready for rehab. If you can, it may help to spend time with people you love that are positive influences before you head in. You can even tell them the changes you expect to see in yourself once you leave Carus, as it will give them one more way to hold you accountable. When you’re ready to take that hard first step, call us at (888) 616-9075 or message us through the site.