Your Ultimate Guide to Surviving Your First Week at Inpatient Rehabilitation


Inpatient Rehabilitation

Whether you’ve just entered inpatient rehabilitation or you’re considering it, you likely have a lot of questions. What will it be like? What can I expect? What should I do to prepare for this? Entering rehabilitation can be nerve-wracking, but with the right help, you can feel more at ease. Your treatment center should provide you with comprehensive information on what to expect, but doing some of your own research may help alleviate some of the fears you have as well.

With inpatient rehabilitation, you receive lodging as well as treatment, around-the-clock care, as well as a safe and controlled environment to help aid you in your recovery. With this form of treatment, you will work with therapists and other healthcare professionals to develop some important life skills towards restoring your mind, body, and spirit.

You can expect to partake in medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and/or recreational therapy during your time there. It’s important that you establish connections with a few healthcare professionals so that you can start building your social support – if your family isn’t supportive right away, do not give up. A study titled, “Perceived Social Support and Treatment Retention on an Inpatient Addiction Treatment Unit” found that patients who did not complete their program left because of initial weak perceived social support from family.

Additionally, take some supplies with you to help aid your education during your first weeks in rehab. Bringing a journal can be helpful so that you can take notes throughout the day; you won’t have to worry about forgetting any valuable information. Packing a bag full of clothes and toiletries that you will need during your first week can be very beneficial so that you don’t have to worry about these things amidst the chaos of getting settled in.

Lastly, make sure you have the mindset of learning. Stay open to all the information you’ll receive, and allow yourself to feel confident that you’re in the right place. Before you know it, you’ll feel comfortable with the people there and you will know how it all works each day. Have patience, positivity, determination, and most of all – belief that things will get better.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery treatment center. If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery and develop the tools you need to succeed and overcome life’s obstacles, call us today at 888-743-0490 for a consultation. Our licensed, experienced health care team will work with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit.