Once a person has taken the huge step of committing to an inpatient rehab stay the realities of a lengthy time away from their home environment will kick-in.
It is important to take a calm approach to this impending confinement. This means the first thing to do is from a mental perspective:
Stressful feelings and thoughts:
It is completely natural for anyone preparing for inpatient rehab to have stressful feelings and thoughts. There are many things that will need to be put on hold for a while, but by taking a measured approach and giving yourself ample time for consideration is the most positive way to proceed.
The hardest, but eminently most sensible decision has been made, so bear that in mind any time those stress levels begin to rise.
Do not be afraid or hesitant to lean on a loved one or a close friend who is aware of your situation. They should be only too happy to help you prepare and can lend a sympathetic but positive ear to any concerns you have.
Such concerns should be voiced as soon as possible. Keeping things bottled up will do no good whatsoever and will only serve to increase those stressful thoughts and feelings.
Alert your employer:
You may be hesitant to mention your extended absence to your employer, but this should be done far sooner than later. Any employer who appreciates you as a valued employee will want to see you get better and will understand that this treatment is targetted to do so.
Under employment laws of most western country’s there are clauses that allow you extended medical leave without affecting your employment situation.
During discussions, you should stress just how much the treatment will benefit you and that your strong desire is to return to work with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
Take care of your loved ones:
Make arrangements to ensure your loved ones will be cared and catered for during your absence. If children or the elderly are involved lean on other family members or close friends to look after them or give regular support to your partner.
Take care of your financial obligations:
Check for any bills that will need to be paid while you are in rehab. Most services and utilities now accept automated payment, so sign up for those that are relevant.
If electronic commerce is not your thing then rely on a loved one, family member or close, trusted friend to settle these bills. You should list out clearly the bills expected with approximate amounts against each.
Leave this with the person concerned and take a copy with you. While you will be confined to the inpatient rehab establishment during your stay you will still be permitted to make phone calls, so by referring to your list you can always check-in with the person responsible to make sure the relevant bill has been settled on time.
Determine to get the most from your experience:
From the moment you have a start date for inpatient treatment to the moment you arrive at the establishment it is important to maintain positivity. Determine and remind yourself that your aim is to derive maximum benefit from the treatment and therapy being offered.
Remember, this stay can be the springboard to a new, far brighter period of your life and full advantage should be taken.
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