If you or a loved one has overdosed or is having suicidal thoughts, or any other type of drug-related medical or mental health emergency, call 911 right away.
Many treatment centers do have a process to admit patients quickly. One of the principles of effective drug and alcohol treatment is that “treatment needs to be readily available.”1 Studies show that the longer a patient has to wait to enter treatment, the less likely they are to attend appointments and finish treatment.6
When you find a treatment center that offers same-day rehab, the first thing to expect is an intake assessment.2 Your care team may ask you to take some tests. They’ll also ask you questions about your: 2
Your care team will use this information to create the right treatment plan for your needs and get you started on the path to recovery.2
Treatment can take place in a few different settings: 1,2
Finding an emergency inpatient drug rehab or emergency drug detox center may reduce some of the safety risks of SUDs, such as:4,5
The support offered in treatment can also help reduce the risks of withdrawal. Some withdrawal symptoms need medical treatment right away.2 Professional treatment centers can help keep you safe and ease your discomfort during withdrawal.
If you want to stop using substances, it can be better to act right away than to wait. Waiting causes some patients to doubt themselves or give up on going to treatment at all.4,5,6 So the quicker you get into addiction treatment, the better your chances of safety and long-term recovery.4,5,6
If you’re ready to enter treatment, you can take some steps that may help make the process easier and quicker.
There are some things that any treatment center will need before you begin treatment. Important information to have handy includes:
If you have any questions about treatment or any part of the process, this is a good time to write them down as well. This can help you remember what to ask at intake, even if you get nervous.
If you are worried about your substance use and want to enter treatment, talk to your doctor. They can give you a special screening called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment). This tool helps your doctor assess your substance use, suggest the right level of care, and refer you to treatment.1
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a national helpline and treatment finder. This site lets you search for treatment centers based on location. You can also narrow your search by the specific populations a center serves, such as teens, veterans, seniors, or those who are houseless. Your community may have special services for these populations as well.
You can also call 1-888-509-8965 Who Answers? to talk with one of our admissions navigators. They can help you find a local detox center that meets your needs and can accept you as soon as possible. They can also answer any questions you may have. Your call is free and completely private.
Before you enter detox, you’ll also need to take care of some things at home. If you have a job, make sure that you plan for your time off. You may be able to use the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which lets you take unpaid leave without losing your job.7 If you are in school, you need to tell the school about your absence.
Telling your family and friends that you are going to be in treatment is a personal decision, but you may want to involve them in your treatment. For example, if you go to inpatient treatment, family members and friends may be able to help care for your children or pets. They can also be an important part of your support network.
Finally, you will need to make any travel plans and pack your bags. The treatment center may have special rules about what you can and can’t bring, so be sure to ask about that before you pack.