Will you be checking yourself into a Florida drug rehab program in a couple of weeks? If this is the case, there are a number of things that you will need to do in order to be certain that you are completely prepared. You need to understand that going to an inpatient rehab facility for your drug or alcohol addiction will mean that you will not be able to leave until your treatment is complete. You will not be able to go to your job or run home in the evening to take care of any problems that might be going on with your family at that moment. This is why your preparation to enter an inpatient rehab facility is so vitally important. Here are the things you will need to take care of prior to checking yourself in and officially beginning your treatment.

  1. Make sure that your employer is aware of exactly how long you will be gone.

Your employer will need to make arrangements to have someone do your job while you are away. Therefore, it is imperative that you give your employer plenty of warning so that a replacement person can be brought in to pick up the slack. You should never wait until the last minute to let your employer know that you will be gone for one month because you are checking into a rehab facility. Ideally, you should give your employer at least one month’s notice. This will be an adequate amount of time for them to make sure that all of your shifts are covered.

  1. Make sure that all of your childcare obligations are taken care of before committing to a rehab program.

You might be a single parent who has children who are a little too young to take care of themselves while you are in rehab. If this is the case, you will need to make sure you find a friend or family member who will be willing to watch your kids and take care of them for the month that you will be living in the facility. Make sure the people watching your children have all the important info about your children like any food allergies or other medical issues they might suffer from. Knowing your kids are taken care of while you are away will make your 12 step program for addiction go much more smoothly.

  1. Check with the rehab facility to make sure that they will be able to provide you with any dietary requirements during your stay in the treatment program.

There is a chance that you might be allergic to certain foods. If so, you will need to alert the facility about which foods you are not able to eat. They will make sure you are not served these foods. People who are diabetic should also make sure the rehab facility is aware of this fact so they can be sure that there is always plenty of insulin on hand. Talk to the facility about your dietary needs long before you are going to begin your treatment. This will give them the time they need to order food that you will be able to eat without any allergic reactions or other complications.

  1. Be certain that you are aware of the rehab facility’s policy as it pertains to roommates.

It is fairly common for patients to show up to a rehab facility assuming they will be given their own room. However, they are unhappy to learn that they will be rooming with a total stranger for the entire time they are staying at the rehab facility. This is why you need to make a quick phone call to the facility and find out if you will be assigned a roommate or not. Then you will be able to decide if you still want to go to rehab at that facility if you will be forced to have a roommate.

  1. Make arrangements for chores to be done while you are away.

You will need to have your lawn cut a couple of times if you own a home and you will be gone for one month. You will also need someone of pay all of your utility bills for you. Have the post office hold your mail so your mailbox is not overflowing when you get back. Try to think of any other chores who will need to have completed during the time that you are in rehab.

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