How do you go about securing placement in an alcoholism rehab or an addiction treatment facility? The best way to do so is by picking up the phone can making a call. You may be wondering if you qualify to go to inpatient treatment, or if you have the insurance to cover it or not. You may also be wondering if you it is medically necessary for you to be at an inpatient treatment facility, or if you would be better suited to outpatient therapy or simply AA meetings.
These are all perfectly valid concerns and questions. My suggestion is still the same–you should call a rehab center and start asking them these questions, and then start making a plan based on that discussion.
For most addicts and alcoholics who are struggling with addiction, going to an inpatient treatment facility is the single best decision that they could possibly make. Sure, there are alternatives to inpatient treatment, and nearly all of the alternatives are what you would consider to be “less extreme.” But don’t beat yourself up over needing to be admitted to an inpatient facility. There should be no shame for someone who is checking into rehab for 28 days. Unfortunately, nearly everyone will feel some shame when going to inpatient treatment, but again, they definitely shouldn’t. The real shame should be in someone who stays stuck in addiction and refuses to get the help that they need, rather than feeling shame for making the call and going to rehab. It is often in retrospect that the addict or alcoholic can look back and realize that going to rehab was the best decision they ever made for themselves, and that they should have done it much sooner.
After you call a rehab center and arrange for admission, you will normally have to wait at least a few days or even a week or two before gaining admission. This is fairly normal, but in some rare cases you may get in much sooner or even the same day. Keep in mind that most rehabs operate based on an appointment based scheduling process and you will likely have a wait a bit. Do not be discouraged by this waiting period if you have to endure it for yourself–use it as an opportunity to reinforce the decision and know that you are committed to real change. In other words, your decision to go to rehab was not just a spur of the moment decision, but instead was a major life decision that you are now ready to make fully and completely.
Going to treatment and learning about recovery has to be an all or nothing process. If you try to dabble in recovery and just dip your toes into it then you are going to be disappointed with your results. The key is in diving in to the recovery process head first and immersing yourself fully in the principles of recovery. Nobody can just “sort of” work a recovery program and be successful. In order to do well you must commit to recovery 100 percent.
With that said, I strongly recommend that you seek inpatient treatment as your first and most important priority. Going to treatment is definitely the best decision that you can make in early recovery.
What happens after inpatient treatment is equally important for most addicts and alcoholics who are beginning a new life. What has to happen in order to be successful is 100 percent follow through on all aftercare recommendations. In other words, when you are leaving a 28 day inpatient treatment program, they are going to have certain suggestions for you at that time. Whatever they tell you to do, I strongly advise you to follow through on. People who relapse tend to be people who ignore these aftercare suggestions, and people who “make it” in long term recovery are those who follow them exactly as they are suggested.
In other words, you must truly dedicate your entire life to the prospect of working a recovery program. In fact, it doesn’t really matter so much what recovery program that might be, or where you go to rehab, or what your specific path in early recovery is all about. What matters is that you choose a recovery program and you follow it exactly. What matters is that you find a path in recovery and you stick to it nearly perfectly. What matters is that you dedicate every ounce of your energy and resources into maintaining a program of recovery. Your level of dedication and commitment to a recovery program is, ultimately, the only thing that will determine your success in recovery.
Once you have made this decision to commit yourself fully to recovery, nothing can really prevent it from happening. Maybe you will struggle to find a treatment center that has availability. Maybe you do not have access to many AA or NA meetings in your particular area. Maybe you don’t have a therapist or a sponsor in AA. Maybe you have anxiety and you don’t believe that you can sit through an NA meeting, let alone attend 90 meetings in the next 90 days.
Maybe there are a million and one obstacles to your perfect path in recovery, but none of these will make any difference if you are fully committed to your goal of sobriety. Once you surrender fully and commit yourself to positive change, all of these diversions are just temporary obstacles.
Maybe you are afraid that you lack the necessary willpower in order to overcome your addiction. The truth is that it has nothing to do with willpower. Instead, it has to do with surrender. It has to do with being beat down and defeated. Once you are fully defeated by your addiction, once you have had your fair share of misery and chaos, then there is no longer an issue with willpower, because you have made a real decision.
In other words, you will no longer be on the fence when it comes to sobriety. You will no longer be wishing that you were sober, dreaming of some fantasy life in which you are clean and sober and happy. You don’t have to wonder about this or “try” to get clean and sober any more, because you will have surrendered full and completely. Once you reach this point of surrender you will be done with your addiction and committed to recovery. All you have to do now is ask for help and start following suggestions. People will direct you to the resources that you need to find recovery.
How do you get to this point of surrender? Pain and misery and suffering. Given enough time in addiction or alcoholism, everyone will eventually reach this point of surrender if they do not befall some other fate first. Once you surrender then you can ask for help, go to rehab, and turn your life around for good.
If you think you may be at the point of surrender, call up a treatment center and start asking questions. This could be the most important decision you have ever made for yourself.