Addiction is real and it affects millions of Americans every year. Most people struggle with addiction for years before they decide to get help but the quicker you make the decision to get help the quicker you can get your life back. Once you have lived in your addiction for a while it’s difficult to see your life any other way but there are hope and rehab facilities that can help you treat your addiction and teach how to cope with it and live a normal life again. Making the decision to go to a rehab facility is a huge step and it takes a lot of courage to get to that point. The best thing you can do for yourself is to be prepared for what lies ahead of you and get as much information as you can before you enter into a program.
All St. Johns Recovery Place rehab facilities are different and will have different rules about what you can bring with you but you can be sure that whatever bags you do decide to bring in they will search thoroughly to make sure that you are not bringing in anything that is prohibited. A lot of times you will find that things such as mouth wash products are not allowed into the facilities because they contain alcohol and can be used for other purposes other than what the manufacturer intended them for. You will definitely need to bring at least a week’s worth of clothing and all of your hygiene products such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste. Most rehab programs will have laundry facilities where you will be able to wash your clothes but you will need to bring laundry detergent and quarters for the washing machines and dryers.
Once you get to the rehab facility your first day will be intake which will consist of a lot of paperwork and medical professionals accessing the severity of your addiction. You will be asked a lot of questions about your addiction and how often and how much you are using and it’s very important that you be honest about everything. This will help them know exactly what kind of treatment you need in order to help you beat your addiction. You should also get a tour of the building so you will know where everything is located and then you will be escorted to your room so you can get yourself settled.
Most rehab programs don’t allow you to have visitors during the first seven to ten days. This is because your body is going through the detox stage. Once you make it past this point in the program they will allow you to have visitors on the scheduled visitation days and you will also be able to have phone calls. You will need to prepare your family before you enter the program and let them know that they will have no contact with you for about a week when you first enter the program.