Going to Rehab? Here’s what you need to know in 2023 & 2024

Last Updated: November 21, 2023

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Article at a glance:
– Going to rehab is an important step in beginning the recovery journey, but some people struggle with finding treatment and have concerns about costs, insurance, and length of stay.
– Costs of rehab vary depending on the facility, type of treatment, and length of stay. Outpatient care is generally less expensive than inpatient programs.
– Most insurance providers cover some or all rehab-related expenses, but it is important to verify your insurance coverage.
– The best rehab facilities are accredited, licensed centers with a multidisciplinary team of addiction experts.
– Rehab stays can range from a few days to several months or more, and aftercare plans are included to support long-term recovery.
– It is important to bring appropriate clothing, hygiene products, ID, and health insurance information to rehab. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may allow individuals to receive treatment without losing their job.

Deciding to go to rehab is an important step in beginning the recovery journey. However, some people see finding treatment as a difficult hurdle to overcome. Others are overwhelmed by the idea of rehab itself. This uncertainty often stems from worries about costs of treatment, insurance and length of stay. People are also often concerned about day-to-day living, like what to bring to rehab or whether smoke breaks are permitted.

To help people feel comfortable reaching out for help with a substance use disorder, we want to make sure your questions about attending rehab are answered. Here are some of the most common questions people ask before going to rehab.

Questions About Addiction Treatment

What is drug rehab?

Drug rehab is an extremely broad and generalized term that can apply to many professional and nonprofessional services aimed at ending substance use and starting a period of sobriety. Depending on the program and their clients’ needs, one drug rehab could look and operate very differently from another. Learn what alcohol and drug rehab is and how it works here.

How much does drug rehab cost?

Costs vary depending on the facility, type of treatment and length of stay. Outpatient care generally costs less than inpatient programs. Publicly-funded facilities can cost less than luxury facilities but offer fewer amenities. Many rehab payment options are available to get affordable treatment for lifelong health and wellbeing.

Does insurance cover drug rehab?

Most insurance providers cover some or all rehab-related expenses. However, types of coverage can vary, so it is important to reach out to your provider or contact us to verify your insurance coverage.

How do I know which rehab facility is best for me?

The best drug rehab facilities are accredited, licensed centers that are staffed by a multidisciplinary team of addiction experts. When choosing a rehab facility, you may also want to consider which locations, types of amenities and services best suit your needs.

How long is drug rehab?

A rehab stay can range from a few days to several months or more, depending on which program you choose. Typically, detox takes three to 10 days, inpatient programs last at least 30 days and outpatient programs can last for three months. Our programs include an aftercare plan that continues indefinitely, supporting people throughout a long-term recovery journey.

What can I bring to rehab?

At a basic level, you’ll need to bring appropriate clothing, unopened hygiene products, your ID and health insurance information. For an all-inclusive guide of what to bring to rehab and what to leave at home, view our checklist.

Can I use FMLA for substance abuse treatment and how does it work?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows people to receive medical treatment and stay employed. FMLA can be used when a person receives substance abuse treatment from a health care provider or from a health services provider they are referred to by their health care provider.

See Related: Will I lose my job if I go to rehab?

How should I approach my employers about getting time off for substance abuse treatment?

Tell your employer that you will need to use FMLA for substance abuse treatment. They are not allowed to terminate your employment for using FMLA. However, if the employer has already established a policy that allows employees to be terminated for substance use, they may do so.

Questions About Life at The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper

Where is The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper located?

Our substance abuse treatment facility is located at 761 Cuthbert Boulevard in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, less than 20 minutes away from Philadelphia.

What communication can I have with loved ones during inpatient addiction treatment?

After the first 72 hours, residents are allowed to call family and friends at specific times throughout the week. We also have family weekends where loved ones are allowed to visit (as medically appropriate). However, family contact may be discouraged in situations where it is triggering or enabling to the resident.

How often will I see my physician during inpatient addiction treatment?

Physicians are available throughout the day, but their interaction with you will depend on your type of program and treatment needs. They will see you more often during the more intensive periods of treatment, such as during medical detox or inpatient programming.

How often will I see a clinician during inpatient addiction treatment?

Medical staff is present 24/7 to monitor your health and adapt to your needs throughout treatment.

What services and amenities are offered at your South Jersey rehab facility?

In addition to a full continuum of care, we offer on-site meal services, a fully-equipped fitness facility, basketball and volleyball courts, yoga or other recreational activities and other amenities to make your stay at our rehab center as comfortable as possible.

Can I smoke at rehab?

Clients who smoke cigarettes are given smoke breaks throughout the day at our facility. We do not supply cigarettes, however, so you will need to bring unopened packs that will last the duration of your stay.

Can I vape or use e-cigarettes at rehab?

We currently do not allow vaping or e-cigarette use at our facility.

What therapies are offered?

We offer many types of therapy, with the most common being cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients attend individual and group sessions, and some participate in family therapy to help strengthen relationships with loved ones. We also offer holistic forms of recreational therapy, such as art, music and yoga.

Will I receive medication-assisted treatment (MAT) at the South Jersey rehab center?

Our patients may receive medication-assisted treatment to help relieve withdrawal symptoms or reduce cravings, as medically appropriate.

Is addiction treatment 12-step based?

Our treatment programs are evidence-based approaches that treat addiction as well as any co-occurring mental health conditions. Many find 12-step programs like Al-Anon and Nar-Anon to be effective in helping with long-term recovery, and we offer these services during and after a rehab stay.

Questions About Life After Treatment

What happens when it’s time to leave rehab?

From the moment you arrive, your addiction treatment providers begin creating an aftercare program that will fit your needs after the initial rehab stay. You may transition to an outpatient program or begin aftercare, which provides you with resources for lifelong recovery.

Is aftercare offered?

Aftercare is an important component of maintaining recovery. It can be easy for people to return to old habits after completing treatment, so we provide a wealth of aftercare services for continuous support in recovery. Our services include follow-up appointments, counseling, relapse prevention education and information on 12-step programs, sober living communities and more.

Is there an alumni program?

We offer an alumni program as part of each client’s aftercare. The alumni program includes on-call support, private social media groups, group meetings, alumni events and telephone follow-ups.

What is sober living?

Sober living homes are places where tenants live without using drugs or alcohol. Many sober living communities require tenants to complete a rehab stay before moving in and tenants may be tested for the presence of substances. These communities offer peer support and increased accountability, and can be a good option for people transitioning back to daily life.

What type of addiction and recovery support groups are available?

There are countless addiction support groups across the country. Members often meet daily or multiple times per week to provide peer support and help one another throughout recovery. The most common organizations include SMART Recovery and 12-step programs like Al-Anon or Nar-Anon. Some groups cater to specific demographics, such as women or veterans.


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