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The Treatment Process

Admission to Rehab

The first step of the treatment process for most patients is admission to rehab. During admission, patients will take initial steps and enroll in the facility.

What You Need To Know About Admission To Rehab

When considering treating for drug or alcohol addiction, you may experience many thoughts and feelings, and you may be researching different rehab facilities for treatment. In order to begin treatment, you must first get admitted to a facility. Many individuals have plenty of questions concerning admission to rehab, such as how to do it and what are acceptable financing methods, which are answered below.

Contacting A Treatment Provider

Once you’ve identified that you or a loved one have a problem with addiction that needs treatment, reach out for help. Contact a treatment provider. Treatment providers will discuss the types of rehab facilities available, and they can suggest which services and amenities would most benefit the individual patient, including such options as yoga, meditation, massage therapy, psycho-education, self-love therapy, and medically-assisted detox. Patients can also discuss options by location (staying local or traveling), along with other general questions.

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Pre-Intake Screening

After you’ve contacted a treatment provider, the next step of admission to rehab involves information gathering known as a “pre-intake screening,” usually conducted via phone. Pre-intake screening is often conducted during a potential patient’s initial phone call. Patients discuss pertinent information to help treatment providers determine what facility would be a good match for them and to determine which level of care is recommended for the patient. Caring and compassionate staff members create a connection early on as they learn:

  • About the patient’s drug history
  • The types of drugs abused
  • The length of time drugs were used
  • The patient’s treatment history
  • Any possible underlying mental or emotional disorders
  • Employment conditions
  • Family life
  • Legal issues
  • Any medical issues
  • Family history
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • History of psychiatric care
  • List of any current medications

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Discussing Insurance And Financial Options

The third step of admission to rehab involves discussing insurance and financial options for treatment. Treatment providers inquire about insurance information, then contact providers to verify which insurances are available. Patients also gather information on the types of insurance facilities accept. Many facilities accept common insurance providers, but some facilities may not accept Medicaid or Medicare. Patients also learn of financial plans, budgets, self-pay options, and discover if checks and credit cards are accepted. Other questions are addressed, such as:

  • What are the general rehab costs?
  • What will my deductible be?
  • Are scholarships available for patients?
  • What if I can’t afford rehab?
  • Are sliding scales available?
  • Is my credit score impacted?
  • Is my insurance in-network or out-of-network?
  • What is the recommended level of care for me?

Confirming Travel Arrangements

After the patient has provided treatment providers with information regarding their substance abuse disorder and insurance and financial information, the patient selects the best facility for them. They make travel arrangements to embark on the journey to sobriety. They determine their mode of transportation, and who will pick them up/drop them off.

By this time, patients may have already tied up loose ends by notifying their employer of their rehab plans. Patients can tend to financial debt and arrange child and pet care to reduce stress before rehab.

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