Coming to the point where you find it necessary to pursue inpatient drug treatment for yourself or a loved one is generally the culmination of an extremely stressful period. While drug treatment is nothing to be ashamed of and is an incredibly brave path to head down, without the proper information, you can feel a huge amount of associated stress.
The best way to relieve that stress and head into your treatment in the proper mindset is to gather all of the information possible. Below, you'll find a guide to some questions you should be sure to ask the facility you plan to use. Having the answers to these questions will let you know what to expect and give you the confidence to move forward.
Ask About Visiting Policies
One reason that many people resist inpatient drug treatment is a fear that they'll be totally isolated from the world. While some aspects of the program do require being totally focused on the task at hand, as treatment proceeds, it's likely that you'll find more freedoms than you expected.
Understanding your facility's visiting policies can give you a sense of calm and a sense of hope. Knowing that the ability to see loved ones is on the horizon can help guide someone through the treatment process, and conversely, knowing that bad influences may not have access will make loved ones on the outside feel more confident that treatment is effective.
Ask About Faith Based Content
The relationship that a person has with their religious faith is an extremely personal aspect of life that a treatment program should be respectful of. While some inpatient treatment centers are associated with nonsecular entities, it's important to have an understanding of how much that affects the information given.
It's important that you find a treatment program which doesn't create more additional stress than is necessary. Having a conversation about religious aspects of the program during an intake visit can help shape expectations, and can allow you to decide whether a program will be successful.
Ask About Follow Up Treatment
Every person's individual needs are different, but almost no one leaves an inpatient facility entirely ready to take on the world on their own. It's important that the follow up treatment options provided continue to contribute to wellness and sobriety. Have a frank discussion with your facility about what you can expect when the patient checks out so that you know the resources you can reach out to when things get rough.