An important first step in rehab is the intake process, which is basically the process of admitting you into the clinic. It can be an emotional, overwhelming time for anyone, as it’s the point when you realise you’re finally going to tackle your demons.
That’s why Asana Lodge have created a welcoming, supportive environment from your initial phone call to arrival and beyond, and we offer a full medical examination and assessment as part of intake.
The Admissions Process
The first step towards your recovery is simply picking up the phone or writing that initial e-mail. Our team will start by asking you a number of questions, which will help us fill in your paperwork for admission. It’s important to be as honest as possible, so we can offer the right treatment for you.
Don’t worry, our team are completely professional and non-judgemental, and we’ve worked with people in all sorts of situations. We’ll then sort out an admissions date and give you a list of things to bring, as well as letting you know any practical information about your stay.
Some information we’ll ask for can include:
- Your medical history
- Your family’s history
- Any previous treatment you’ve undergone
- Information about your addiction or condition
- How you’ll be funding your treatment
We’ll also discuss your therapy options, such as packages we offer and extended care. Your treatment will usually involve a combination of therapies such as individual and group sessions, based on the 12-step programme, holistic treatments, and guidance on nutrition and self-care, the aim of which is to ensure you return to life as refreshed and rejuvenated as possible.
Arrival at Asana Lodge
When you arrive at Asana Lodge, we’ll ensure you have one-on-one time with a qualified, experienced counsellor. This is a great time to discuss your specific needs and what you hope to achieve.
You may have more than one addiction or mental health issue you want to address, so it’s important to be honest and give them a full history. This will help them decide on the best course of action for your treatment, tailoring our therapies to meet your specific needs, which gives you the best chance of successfully completing the programme.
You will also undergo a full medical examination to assess your physical health. It’s important to let the team know if you have any medical issues such as high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes or other long term conditions. You may be asked to take a test to see if you’ve used drugs or alcohol, which will help determine whether you need to go through a detox.
If you have any prescription drugs, you’ll need to hand them over so they can be dispensed daily. It’s important that we know if you’re on any current prescription medications, as we may prescribe you medication during your detox and we need to know it’s safe to do so.
Your First Day
When you check into Asana Lodge, we’ll show you to your room and help you unpack. Our team will need to go through your things to ensure you don’t have any items such as alcohol or drugs with you, and although you may find this process embarrassing, our staff are very discreet and professional. We’ll usually take your phone, tablet and any other internet devices so we can control access to them, but they’ll be locked away securely and you can use them at agreed times.
We’ll provide you with a list of items you’ll need to bring such as clothing and current prescriptions, and it’s important not to bring any additional items as we may need to confiscate them during your stay. This can include things such as over the counter medications, weapons, electronic devices and food and drink. If you need to bring certain items with you, speak to our team before arrival so we can discuss your needs.
At this time, we’ll discuss with you the daily schedule and what you’re expected to do. You’ll be required to attend all sessions to maximise your chance of recovery. Depending on the time of day you arrive, you may be given some time to eat, relax, or might be able to attend some group therapy. We’ll also make sure one of the team shows you around the facility so you know where everything is, and we can introduce you to some of the other clients who are going through a programme.