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New to Rehab: The Importance of Treatment Center Orientation

New to Rehab: The Importance of Treatment Center Orientation

Attending orientation can help an addict understand the process and help ease the transition into treatment

For any addict, who has sought treatment, the first few days of rehab can be overwhelming, encouraging and sad all at the same time. Because all of these emotions are so common during the first few weeks of rehab, facilities have tried to make the transition into rehab a little easier for each attendee by holding an orientation. Some facilities require that each addict attending their program attends the orientation, while others may not make this a requirement.

Whether required or just recommended, orientation can help ease the addict’s stress, help her understand and give her a sense of security for what is ahead. Although she may feel as though she knows what to expect from treatment, she may not understand why or how she is to achieve it. Orientation can be an opportunity to give and receive feedback as well as obtain knowledge on the treatment the facility offers.

The Importance of Orientation

Some addicts may have been required to seek treatment to lessen a criminal charge, others may have been surprised by an intervention, and yet others may be there for voluntarily. No matter the catalyst that led a person to attend treatment, understanding what lies ahead is vital in transitioning from an addict to a recovering addict. Included in the following are just a few examples of the many reasons attending orientation is vital to one’s treatment success:

  • Reiterates the importance of recovery
  • Discusses the importance of participation
  • Explains what is expected from the addict and what addicts can expect in return
  • Describes treatment in further detail

During orientation, addicts will be introduced to the staff, possibly each other, and be expected to understand how important the choice they made to enter treatment is to drastically improving their overall quality of life. While in orientation different staff members of the facility will discuss the importance of treatment, sobriety and aftercare treatment. The recovering addict may feel as though she has heard the same information before but finally being a position where she can apply what she is taught to her life can be tremendous. Treatment and rehab are not easy and take dedication, perseverance and trust in knowing that they are making the best decision, not only for themselves, but for those they love as well.

Participation is discussed in orientation and is often covered numerous times during orientation because of its importance. Participation both in group meetings and private counseling sessions can help addicts establish recovery skills as well as maintain abstinence. This is done by providing structure as well as an environment where one can receive positive peer pressure to help encourage them through this process. While discussing participation, other topics such as learning coping skills, expanding one’s hobbies and finding what one is truly passionate about may come up and are great topics of discussion. Without participation, individuals may hear useful information but be unable to integrate it into everyday situations to help their recovery. Participation helps one improve her communication skills, learn how to rebuild trust and how to address certain issues when they arise. These skills can be extremely useful while in treatment but become increasingly important once treatment is completed.

Expectations will also be discussed during orientation, from both what is expected from the addict as well as the staff. Counselors, aids and medical personnel will be expected to be well-trained, caring and supportive during the addict’s journey. Addicts will be expected to attend group meetings, explain any dangerous behaviors, as well as work through their treatment plan. The rules of the facility will also be addressed and some facilities may require the addict to sign forms agreeing to abide by the rules set forth. The rules will include important information such as maintaining confidentiality, respecting others and their personal property, as well as maintaining a drug-free environment.

Although individuals understand that seeking treatment is important, they often forget how critical it is for addicts to remain in treatment for an adequate period of time. Speakers at orientation should explain that not every individual attending the program will undergo the same treatment or be in treatment for the same amount of time. In fact, the duration of treatment for an individual is dependent on the type and degree of one’s opium addiction along with any issues and needs they may have.

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If you or someone you love is thinking about entering treatment but feels as though they do not need to attend orientation, please call our toll-free help line today. Orientation is beneficial to addicts in multiple ways and our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to explain these benefits along with the cons if the addict skips this vital step. Call us today to make sure you’re taking all the proper steps for a drug-free, better life!