When you become addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may not know where you should turn. It can be a difficult conversation to have with your family and friends no matter how close you are to them. If you are dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction, however, you definitely need to talk to a professional right away. Your doctor can be your first step to a new life of sobriety and hope. How should you talk to your doctor about residential treatment in Texas? Read on to find out.
Talking to your doctor- the first step to take
While it may feel as if you are all alone in your struggles, you aren’t. It’s okay to open up and talk to your doctor about needing help for your addiction. If you have a primary care physician, you can make an appointment to speak with them about your concerns. If you don’t, start looking for a local doctor. Ask family, friends, and co-workers for a recommendation for a doctor they know and trust.
Call your doctor and set up an appointment for your mental health. This often gives you a longer appointment time to talk about your problems and concerns. Make an appointment as soon as you can for the best chance at getting clean and sober. Don’t wait until you hit “rock bottom,” call today to be seen as soon as possible.
Your appointment- what should you say?
While it can be difficult to admit that you have a drug addiction problem, you always want to be as honest as possible. Your doctor is there to help you, not ridicule or belittle you for your problem. It’s also a good idea to remember that addiction has been classified as a disease, just like diabetes or lung cancer. Your doctor understands this and will do what he or she can to help you find the right rehab facility for your situation.
Explain what has been going on with your life openly and honestly with your doctor. Don’t be afraid to tell them exactly what you have been using, how long you have been an addict, and what your hopes are for the near future. He or she can then help you find a residential treatment center that can take you right away. If they cannot find a place themselves, they will know who to contact for outside help.
Remember, you never have to hold back when you are talking to your doctor about your need for drug or alcohol treatment. They are there to help you no matter how bad your addiction is!
What to expect from rehab in Texas
You can expect the following when you check-in with your local rehab facility:
• Intake process
• Aftercare services
Let’s take a look at each one, step by step.
The intake process- You’ll speak with the staff about what to expect from your stay at rehab. This is the time to settle the payment process and decide on a course of action. You’ll learn what will be expected of you before filling out the necessary paperwork.
Detoxing- If you need to detox, you will begin the process as soon as you get there. The medical staff will decide whether you need medication to get you through your withdrawal symptoms. You’ll always be closely monitored during this process. If you are ever feeling severe withdrawal symptoms during this time, make sure to let your doctor know.
Therapy- Therapy sessions will start the day you arrive in most cases. You’ll always have the chance to talk privately to your therapist while you are a patient. Group therapy will also be a huge part of the process while you are there. If you desire, you may also request family therapy once you have been in the program for a couple of weeks and are clean.
Aftercare services- Before you leave the facility, your therapist will help you set up services for the future. You may decide to go into a sober living facility after rehab, or you may rather go home and pick up where you left off. Your therapist will help you make these arrangements. You will also talk about continued therapy sessions, either in the rehab itself or somewhere else.
We Can Help
We’re ready and able to help you with your addiction. After you have spoken with your doctor, give us a call to get started. We can be reached at 833-364-0736 at any time. We’re ready to help you succeed!