How to Check Someone Into Rehab

How to Check Someone Into Rehab

How to Check Someone Into Rehab

Getting a loved one or family member to see the harm that their drug or alcohol addiction is causing can be extremely difficult.  Taking the next step, and getting your loved one to enter a drug rehab center for their drug addiction can be even more difficult, and at times can seem like an insurmountable obstacle.  Breaking down checking into a rehabilitation program into steps can be a helpful strategy that you can use to turn this process from seemingly impossible to achieve.  

In this article, we’ll outline the steps you will take when checking your loved one into a rehab center.  From bringing a person to the point of recognizing the damage done by their addiction, to checking them in for their inpatient treatment program, this list will help provide the outline for the process of checking a loved one into rehab.  This information should prove helpful to family members and loved ones of addicts that are struggling with how one secures the treatment that their loved one needs.

Planning and Preparing for Drug and Alcohol Rehab

The most important part of checking someone into a rehab center is adequately planning and preparing for it. Planning and preparation are key, because checking a person into an inpatient rehab center can be a stressful experience where emotions run high.  Proper planning helps alleviate some of the stress associated with checking someone into rehab by giving you identifiable and achievable steps that you can mark your progress with.  Comprehensive preparation will put all of the information you need in a form that is easily accessible, which will save you time, result in less anxiety, and put your mind at ease by ensuring that you are completely ready.

To prepare for checking someone into rehab, your first step is to make a list of the tasks you need to complete.   Your list will be fleshed out further when you talk to the staff at your prospective rehab facility, as they will guide you through the process and outline any actions you have to take that are unique to your situation.  

It is helpful to set aside a folder that you can house your list in, along with any documentation you might need to complete the process.  In your folder, you should include any relevant medical information about your loved one that you may have, such as prescriptions they take.  If your loved one is a dependent covered under your health insurance, be sure to include your health insurance information in your folder as well.  Make a habit of writing down your thoughts and questions as they come up.  Be sure to include any questions you might have for staff or medical professionals about checking someone into rehab or the rehab process itself.

Research Their Specific Addiction

At the beginning of the check-in process, it is a good idea to gain a better understanding the type of addiction of your loved one.  Look into the specific drug that they are addicted to.  This will give you a basic understanding of how the drug interacts with their body, and how it might influence their emotions.  Spend some time becoming acquainted with the withdrawal symptoms and effects of the drug abuse, as this will give you some insight into what your loved one might experience during the detox portion of their drug treatment.

Also, do some research on the most common treatments for their specific addiction.  This can give perspective on what the most common treatment options are, the efficacy of those treatment options, and the specific steps they entail. This information will give you a base of knowledge that will help you when you discuss treatment options with prospective rehab facilities.

Choose the Right Rehab Facility

Choosing the right drug rehab facility is a difficult task in its own right, but can be made more manageable by having an understanding of the right questions to ask.  Choosing the right rehab facility will make the process of checking in your loved one easier, as staff will help guide you through the process, and you will know that your loved one is receiving the best care during their drug treatment.  The positive aspect of this search is that you will become well-informed about the treatment programs and protocols of the rehab program and drug treatment facility you choose, as well as more informed about the recovery process itself and have built up contact points with staff members.

Refer to our guide for choosing the right substance abuse and rehab facility for an in-depth breakdown of the features you should be looking for and the questions you may have about addicts.  Important things to take note of are whether the prospective treatment center is accredited and licensed, what accreditation(s) they hold, what their fundamental philosophy of treatment is, and what types of drug treatment programs, inpatient programs, and aftercare programs they offer.  

Ideally, you will be able to visit the rehab facility prior to checking in your loved one, which will allow you to get a sense for how happy and friendly the staff is, whether they approach their jobs from a patient-centered perspective and whether the accommodations are comfortable and the grounds are well-maintained.  

Choosing the right rehab facility is critically important for the success of your loved one’s recovery, so make sure to take your time during this step and make an informed decision.  If the rehab facility you have chosen gives you any information brochures or packets, be sure to store those in the folder you have set aside for checking your loved one into rehab so that you can refer to that information in the future should you need to.  

Work with the Staff at the Facility

One common mistake that many people make when checking a loved one into rehab is that they try to take on too many tasks themselves.  By attempting to complete the process alone, you can quickly become overwhelmed with the myriad of different decisions that must be made and paperwork that must be filled out.  

In situations where your goal is to check a loved one into rehab, be sure to work closely with the staff to facilitate getting your loved one into their treatment program.  Top-tier treatment facilities have qualified staff that works to help families get their loved ones into rehab every day, and have a skillset and breadth of knowledge that you can use to help ease the burden of checking your loved one into rehab.

Additionally, you will need to work closely with licensed addiction specialists and qualified medical professionals to craft a treatment program for your loved one and guide the intervention process if necessary.  Just as there is no shame in getting your loved one help, so too is there no shame in relying on the expertise and resources of your rehab facility to help you with the checking in process.  The staff will have insights that can help you more easily achieve your goal of checking your loved one into rehab and provide support and guidance throughout the process.  

Working closely with the staff at your chose rehab facility will also make physically getting them to the facility easier.  If your loved one must travel out of state to get to the facility you chose, the staff at the facility will be able to help you coordinate travel for your loved one, ensure that have transportation to and from the airport, accommodations for overnight stays, and may even be able to accomplish this at a cost savings for you.   

Lastly, you will need to work closely with the staff to fill out any necessary medical information and to qualify for any financial assistance or medical paperwork.  During this process, the knowledge of the staff will be invaluable, as it can significantly reduce the out-of-pocket expenses of the treatment program.  You will also come out of the process better informed about the care that your loved one will receive, and the costs of their treatment and aftercare programs.

Staging an Intervention

Staging an intervention can be a very difficult process that can be emotionally taxing.  At the same time, a successful intervention can a crucial step in getting your loved one the help they need to combat their addiction.  It should be noted that not everyone will need to stage an intervention.  Some people may be checking in a loved one that knows they have a problem and have been engaged and informed in the process of selecting a rehab facility and formulating a treatment plan.

In these cases, interventions are unnecessary because the addict already recognizes their addiction and is aware of the harm that it has caused.  That said, intervention is a sometimes-necessary step when your loved one doesn’t recognize they have an addiction or doesn’t see the negative consequences that their addiction has on those around them.

Your best resource for staging an intervention is to work with medical professionals, an addiction specialist, or professional interventionist at the rehab facility you are working with.  They can help guide you through the process, help you prepare for the actual intervention, and mediate the intervention if necessary.  Successful interventions are a structured process that utilizes a group of family members and loved ones to share their experiences with the addict in their life and get them to recognize their addiction and get treatment.  

There are formal and informal interventions; formal interventions are a planned and practiced event that is structured according to guidance by a medical professional and may be mediated by them as well, whereas informal interventions may be the result of an event in the life of an addict that has caused them to recognize their addiction and seek treatment.  Both forms of intervention may be equally effective, depending on the unique situation of the addict in your life.  Typically, however, if you are working with staff from a rehab facility to stage an intervention, you are conducting a formal intervention.  

Interventions will require work and planning on your part but may be a necessary task for you to get your loved one the help they need.  In order to gain a better understanding of the intervention process in-depth, as well as helpful tips to assist you in conducting the intervention, refer to our guide on how to have a successful intervention.  In most cases, a successful intervention is immediately followed by the addict entering an inpatient recovery program.  As such, it is important that you prepare for this beforehand so that there are no delays in the checking-in process.  

Be sure to refer to the questions you have written down and be sure that any outstanding questions you have are answered.  Staging an intervention will require you to be informed and engaged throughout the process.  The benefit of this is that you will be empowered through the process as well.  There is no doubt that staging an intervention can be an emotionally draining experience, as it requires you to be vulnerable with the addict in your life.   Approaching it from a place of love and caring can help demonstrate to the addict in your life that you care about them, and that you want what is best for them.  

Getting your loved one the treatment they need to combat their addiction can be a difficult process, but it can be very rewarding as well.  The process empowers loved ones of the addict to take control once again of their lives, and be proactive in their pursuit of treatment for the addict in their life.  By working closely with the staff at the rehab facility, you can greatly reduce the burden checking your loved one into rehab.

Through adequate preparation, you can work to reduce the stress associated with the process by readying yourself for every situation.  Preparation and working with the facility staff is especially critical if you are staging a formal intervention, as that is a structured process that is often practiced beforehand in order to increase its effectiveness.  It is important to remember that as an advocate for the addict in your life, you are able to steer them towards the best treatment possible.  By approaching the checking-in process with research and care, you will ensure that the addict in your life has the best chance possible of achieving lifelong sobriety.

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