Second Step: Intake
Understanding the Willow Springs intake process can help to make entering addiction rehab go more smoothly and eliminate fears and uncertainties that often cause people to change their minds about seeking treatment.

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Addiction Rehab Intake Process

It is important to note that getting into rehab can happen quite quickly for those that qualify. Once your insurance has been verified and your information has been gathered, you could well be on your way to our facility.

Once you arrive, you will go through the intake process and meet with the medical and clinical staff. They will ask questions to learn if you have any health conditions, the type of addiction you struggle with, as well as for how long and the severity of it.

Once your intake process is complete, you will begin building your personalized treatment plan with your treatment team.

What to Know Before you Arrive

To help make things go smoothly, your Admissions Coordinator will send you a list of items to pack. Comfortable clothing is always recommended, and you should plan to have something for outdoor activities in any weather.

You’ll also find that there is also a list of items that are not allowed. For example, no narcotic medications are allowed at all. Personal care items must be sealed and not contain alcohol in the first three ingredients.

It may seem daunting at first, but when you ensure that you have the right items, your stay is going to be much more comfortable.

How Do Clients Go About Getting There?

In some cases, our residents need to make travel arrangements. Sometimes, those who choose to attend treatment can travel by car. It will be between your admissions coordinator and you or your friend or family member to determine the best way to get to your chosen facility. It’s important to note that traveling for treatment is fairly common, and arrangements can and will be made to accommodate your needs.

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What is Intake?

After you or your loved one is found to be a good fit for a treatment program, your admissions coordinator will begin the process of getting you to the facility. Upon arrival, a Behavioral Health Technician will complete the intake process, after which the medical staff will give a physical assessment. The decision to seek addiction treatment is never an easy one, so making sure to get going as soon as possible can allow for a smoother transition to recovery.

Intake is the process necessary to get you checked in and started on treatment. Upon ensuring that your insurance is verified and a program that works for you or your loved one is established, travel arrangements will be made, if needed, and it’s time to head into the facility.

What Happens When You Arrive?

Arrival at rehab can be a scary time, but you’re expected and will be greeted. The Behavioral Health Technician will be waiting to help make the admissions process smooth and easy.

This is where you’ll sign all the paperwork regarding the rules of the facility, expectations of you during your stay, and other essential documents. It can get confusing, which is why you’ll have one of our staff walk you through this entire process.

Once you finish signing and reviewing the necessary documents, it’s time to have a physical assessment.

What Happens During the Physical Assessment?

Physical assessment is important for many reasons. This is how it is determined that you need inpatient addiction treatment, and the doctor’s assessment is passed to your insurance company so your treatment can be approved.

The physical assessment helps to give your treatment team and the medical team an idea of your overall addiction, as well as gives them a chance to determine your overall health and if you have any underlying conditions. You’ll be asked questions like how long and what have you been using, how often, and when the last time you used or drank was.

Yes, you’ll be seeing a professional doctor, as well as other professional healthcare staff. This is especially important during the detox process, where you will be monitored around the clock to ensure that you are comfortable and recovering.

How Long Does the Intake Process Last?

Intake largely depends on the client and how long it takes to complete and sign the necessary documents and then go through the physical assessment. You should plan a couple of hours, but the timeline can vary.

What Happens After the Physical Assessment?

After the physical assessment, clients are taken to detox, where they will likely stay for about seven to 10 days. During rehab, clients can begin therapy and groups if they feel up to it, or they can just relax and focus on becoming physically healthier for the first time in a while.

Medical disclaimer:

Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing substance use disorder, addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of these conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery.

Licensed medical professionals review material we publish on our site. The material is not a substitute for qualified medical diagnoses, treatment, or advice. It should not be used to replace the suggestions of your personal physician or other health care professionals.

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