How to admit yourself into addiction treatment

Making the decision to begin exploring treatment for addiction is an incredibly important step in the recovery process. In doing so, you are taking critical action towards reclaiming your health and well-being.

We understand this can be a difficult time for you and our family, and choosing an addiction treatment programme may seem overwhelming at first. Priory are here to support you in this process – the following information is designed to help you become better acquainted with the admissions process and prepare you for the transition into treatment.

Pre-admission homework

As you begin sifting through the addiction treatment options in your area, it will be important to narrow your search by identifying only centres which provide specialised support for addiction(s) and to the substance(s) you are addicted to. Certain treatment modalities have proven to be more effective than others when it comes to overcoming certain types of substance misuse, and you should seek care that reflects your personal concerns.

Additionally, be on the lookout for programmes that offer the type of support that you want. For example, if you are a person who enjoys spending time in nature, a location with extensive grounds, or with outdoor activities may be best for you. In finding a programme that reflects both your needs and interests, you will be more likely to find success in recovery. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance throughout this process. A close friend or family member may be available to help you in your search.

The first phone call

Having selected a treatment programme that seems like a good fit, you will need to call their admissions department to learn more about their services and ask what you will need to do to access care at their centre. It’s helpful to have certain information available, such as your insurance card and medical or treatment history, so take some time to prepare before making the call.

Once the admissions staff has an understanding of your treatment needs, they will be able to help you discern if accessing treatment through their programme is appropriate, and if not, they will be able to refer you to other types of support. Many treatment centres like Priory offer free consultations over the phone which will help the treatment team make an initial evaluation. However, it’s likely that you will need to participate in a more thorough evaluation once you have been admitted in order to gather the information needed to craft a personalised plan of care.

Next steps

After your initial contact with the treatment centre, you may have additional questions. For example, you may want to know:

  • How much the recommended services will cost
  • If the centre accepts your health insurance coverage
  •  More details about the specific treatment modalities that are used at the centre

Professional treatment centres such as Priory work closely with patients and families prior to admittance so that all parties understand what they can expect from the treatment experience. We can help you better understand your insurance coverage, and our flexible packages offer an accessible means to receive our services. Our staff team is available to answer any questions you may have about healing from addiction with Priory, and to make the admissions process as efficient and convenient as possible. 

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding helping a loved one into addiction treatment, please call us today on 0800 840 3219 or complete a free addiction assessment. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here.