Exclaimed Jon during one of the first family visits when talking about his first day in the drug rehab center. He even stated that we totally abandoned him leaving him isolated in a facility with total strangers and he missed his so called friends. Jon also went on to say that knowing how the first day would go ahead of time actually made his stay at the drug rehab center easier and in reality his mouthing off was just a form of protest and an attempt to put Mom and Dad on a guilt trip.
Jon’s morning at the drug rehab center was filled with interviews. He spent several hours meeting with professional drug counselors going through an intake interview and felt that the therapist was too personal in her questions about his history of drug use and his relationship to other family members. He did realize that the more he would cooperate with the staff the better his drug rehab treatment plan would be for him. The skilled therapist will base your treatment program on the best known addiction recovery criteria tailoring your treatment to your specific drug abuse problems and any psychological problems you may be having as well.
Keep in mind you are a patient at the drug rehab center and there is a legal protocol offered to you through a Patient Bill of Rights normally you will receive a copy of this along with your schedule of activities, your treatment plan and other any other information important to your stay at the drug treatment facility.
Soon after Jon had his orientation and intake interview all of his belongings were thoroughly searched and examined for any contraband. He initially was not able to have his stereo and headphones and a few other personal items were not allowed until he earned the use of them through the course of his treatment. He did not even complain about the dress code in the first few weeks of the program either.
You might as well get use to the idea, upon your arrival at the drug rehab center you will have to have a urinalysis, a complete physical exam by a physician and possibly a complete blood test to determine the extent of and what drugs may still be in your system. Normally, you will also be tested for tuberculosis, HIV and other communicable diseases. All the test results will be given to you and discussed with you by the doctor or his staff in the event you need any other medical assistance in addition to your drug treatment at this time.
Jon realized right away that he was the most important member of his drug treatment team. Right from the beginning from the initial detox to figuring out his individual treatment plan, he had a role in its design. He feels very strongly today that one of the reasons of his successful recovery was his ability to be involved with his treatment right from the beginning. If for some reason your drug rehab center will not include you in the planning then, by all mean do not hesitate to seek out a different facility.
Yes, committing yourself to a drug rehab center can be very scary but, hopefully I have been able to shed some light on what to expect your first 24 hours. This is the first giant step in your recovery do not hesitate to ask questions and then listen, yes listen to the answers. Everyone at the drug rehab center is dedicated to helping you win the battle against your drug addiction. They do have you best interest in mind and will do everything they can to make your time at the treatment center as pleasant and rewarding as possible.