5 Questions to Ask Before Entering Detox

A short-term stay in a residential detox program can help clear your mind and body of cocaine, meth, benzos, heroin, alcohol and other substances. Once stabilized, you are prepared to enter a lower level of care such as PHP, IOP, OP, or dual-diagnosis treatment.

But, before you begin the detoxification process, you need to find a rehab facility to meet your needs for opioid detox, alcohol detox, or drug detox. The treatment program you choose can make all the difference between long-term success and potential relapse. 

Picking the right rehab facility is probably the most important decision you will ever make. 

Choosing the Best Detox Facility

To help ease some of this potential fear, stress and anxiety it’s helpful to have all your questions and concerns answered before entering rehab. Here are the top five questions to ask the admissions team before you begin treatment at a drug or alcohol detox facility:

  1. Does your center work with my insurance company?
  2. Where is your detox facility located?
  3. How do you lessen the side effects of withdrawal?
  4. Is building community and making connections part of treatment?
  5. What happens after I leave your detox facility?

1. Verifying Insurance Benefits

The first question to ask is does the center accept your health insurance and does your plan cover the costs of drug or alcohol detox? Most insurance providers cover behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment such as:

  • Medical detox
  • Inpatient care in an approved facility
  • Outpatient care with an approved provider
  • Co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Follow-up counseling

But, to avoid any potential financial surprises such as claim denials, you should always call the facility and ask to speak with a member of the admissions team. The admissions rep will check with your insurance company and confirm your specific coverage. This verification of benefits (VOB) is a necessary part of getting admitted into treatment.

2. Location – Location – Location

Once you’ve verified your insurance, you need to make sure the facility is in the right location. While you can find drug and alcohol facilities in every state in the U.S.A., there is still a stigma surrounding treatment and you may not want to choose a facility in your area. 

Traveling to an out-of-state facility is a great way to get away from the stress, triggers and drama that fueled your addiction in the first place. Some people don’t want to spend time away from their local circle of friends while others find a bit of distance actually helps the healing process.

If you live in a remote area of Alaska for instance, with little to no access to qualified medical care, finding a center in another state might be your best option. However, if you are a college student, single parent, or have a full-time job, a local treatment center may be a better option for your current lifestyle. 

3. Managing Withdrawal Symptoms

Addiction is a compulsive desire to use harmful substances, such as drugs or alcohol, despite the possibility of harmful consequences. The physical and mental health risks don’t go away once you stop using drugs or alcohol. Uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous, withdrawal symptoms occur when clearing alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and other substances from your system. 

Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the type and amount of substance you were taking. Top drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms to look for include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors 
  • Runny nose
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Muscle cramps and body aches

Staying hydrated, eating balanced meals and regular exercise are just some of the ways you can self-manage the discomfort. Ask the detox facility how they manage more severe withdrawal symptoms. They may be able to provide certain protocols or medications to make the pain and discomfort of withdrawal more manageable.

During medical detoxification, there are licensed and trained healthcare professionals on-site to continually monitor vital signs as your body goes through the physical and psychological process of detoxification.

4. Making Connections in Recovery

Connection and community is an important part of any recovery plan to give you the motivation and support necessary to make a healthy lifestyle change. To support your sobriety and avoid potential relapse, you need to surround yourself with people who advocate for your recovery. This means you may have to avoid old friendships at first to stay away from possible triggers or people who influenced your use of drugs or alcohol.

Building healthy relationships through genuine interactions, meaningful connections and authentic relationships is key to success in recovery. Your focus after detox, and for the rest of your life, should concentrate on finding people who advocate for your recovery, encourage you every step of the way, are a shining example of who and what you want to be.

Mutual support groups, such as 12 step and SMART meetings, help build community and are offered at both inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities. Ask the detox facility if they have a family therapy and/or alumni program you can take part in once you leave detox.

Recovery support groups are a safe way to build community with your peers while talking about common goals, roadblocks and success stories. 

5. Continuing Care After Detox Treatment

Detox is just the beginning of the rehab process to help you live a better life. Many centers, such as Indiana Recovery, give you all the tools and knowledge for long-term sobriety and recovery. 

Post-treatment recovery support should provide a seamless transition to continuing care after detox. Our caring team of clinicians and therapists work tirelessly to give you a complete plan of action for aftercare and support to help build your own sober network along with referrals to local therapists. 

We also have an Alumni App available for Google Android and Apple iPhone iOS. This amazing tool lets you track your progress, keep a gratitude journal, join wellness challenges, stay connected to other alumni and staff and much more.

Reach Out to Indiana Recovery Center

Indiana Recovery is an all-inclusive facility offering comprehensive treatment from detox to outpatient on one campus. In addition to our drug and alcohol detoxification program, we also offer a full spectrum of rehab care including the following treatment services:

  • Counseling
  • Outpatient services
  • Intensive outpatient services
  • Partial hospitalization 
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment
  • Residential treatment
  • Family therapy

If you are thinking about entering a detox facility, reach out to us today to learn more about our drug and alcohol treatment programs: 877-499-0995.