Hospital Stays

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Bop8989
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Hospital Stays

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Hello,

I am looking for "What to expect" when I go to the hospital for inpatient treatment for my addiction. My doctor is calling me next week to get everything set up. I am extremely terrified and nervous going into this as I am not sure what to expect during my stay. Any help is appreciated!
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I have been to detox programs (3-5 days long) in a hospital a few times. It starts with being checked in, some blood work is taken and you are tested for alcohol/drugs in your system. Your belongings are searched to make sure you did not bring in alcohol/drugs. If you are detoxing from alcohol you will get medication like Librium or Ativan to help with the withdrawals. There's usually group therapy during the day. Sometimes people from AA or NA visit in the evening to share their stories (like a mini AA meeting). If you are very sick then you will probably stay in bed most of the day. If you feel ok then you can usually watch TV in the common room, eat snacks, hang out with other patients etc. You will probably meet with a counselor one on one to make plans for aftercare which is usually outpatient counseling. A lot of people have been in your situation and got through it. I was scared the first time I had to go to detox but it really wasn't as bad as I expected. The hardest part, in my opinion, is leaving detox and knowing that nobody can stop you from drinking if you wanted to. At least in detox you are in a controlled environment. Use the time in detox to make a plan for how you will stay sober when you get out. Whether AA meetings, counseling, a sober house or whatever else is necessary.
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Bop8989 wrote:Hello,

I am looking for "What to expect" when I go to the hospital for inpatient treatment for my addiction. My doctor is calling me next week to get everything set up. I am extremely terrified and nervous going into this as I am not sure what to expect during my stay. Any help is appreciated!
Every location is different and so all I can suggest is this: Put one foot in front of the other and step forward and challenge yourself just like you did when you drank.
Unless you are very wealthy and are going to some high end rehab I am thinking it might not be a holiday.
Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It's the best part of the day.
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You’re going to have pretty much no freedom there. No cell phone, selected clothing etc. You will have groups everyday and share your experiences and feelings. It’s really not that bad. It’s what you make of it.
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I've been on a few detox programs in different clinics. I faced a lot of issues, and sometimes I didn’t like the quality of service. That is one of the main reasons why I’ve switched from one clinic to another so many times. In my opinion, it is crucial to talk to different doctors before you find a person that can help you. Anyway, your doctor is right about getting everything ready. Besides, a doctor must know your medical history. (Moderator edit to remove link to an external site, no links are allowed except to AA sites).
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I am extremely terrified and nervous going into this as I am not sure what to expect during my stay.
The fact that you say you are extremely terrified and nervous leads me to believe that you are expecting the wrong thing. Be careful you don't scare yourself out of a good thing. Expect sobriety and a new lease on life. Good Luck and keep us posted on your journey.
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