How to Get into Rehab Fast
Emergency Rehab Admission in 48 Hours

When someone hits their ‘rock bottom,’ they need help quickly or their lives, and possibly the lives of others, could be at serious risk. Read on to find out how you can get yourself or your loved one into an emergency drug or alcohol rehab below.

5 steps to get into rehab fast

1. Be honest about your need for treatment
In active addiction, we have a tendency to talk ourselves out of getting better. That is the addiction taking control over our better judgement. Act in your moments of clarity and listen to your loved ones as they can often provide more accurate observations and information than someone who is currently in active addiction can.
2. Consider your budget
Be realistic about what you are able to spend on rehab so that you don’t get overwhelmed by finances and decisions. Look within you budget range.
3. Research on treatment options that suit your needs
The most important element of any treatment programme is the clinical programme. Do some research to ensure that staff members are experienced and qualified in their respective fields. Also, look for a programme that utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Contingency Management Interventions, or Family Behaviour Therapy as a foundation, paired with a 12-step model. These approaches have been proven to be most effective in the treatment of both addiction and co-occurring disorders
4. Get a professional recommendation
Contact your family doctor or current outpatient therapist for recommendations – Your medical doctor or therapist is part of a network of professionals, and would likely be able to refer you to an emergency rehab suited to your individual needs.
5. Speak to your emergency rehab of choice
Most rehabs offer a free, no-obligation phone assessment. This is an opportunity for them to get to know you, but also vice versa. Get a feel for the programme and be wary of empty promises. You want to end up in a rehab that is realistic and upfront about the fact that there is no ‘magic wand’ or ‘quick fix’ for addiction. Recovery isn’t easy, and inpatient rehab is the first step of many that needs to be taken to reach long-term sobriety.

Where can you get into rehab immediately?

When we think about getting into rehab quickly, considering a rehab halfway across the world might not make immediate sense. However, the reality is that overseas rehabs can provide a lot of benefits and actually help to expedite the admissions process for someone who is in need of emergency rehab.
Firstly, attending a rehab abroad means that you will be able to get away from your usual triggers, stressors, and temptations which could be serving as barriers for you entering treatment and will likely also lead you to relapse more quickly. Overseas rehab eliminates those challenges and provides privacy and anonymity – no one even has to know you are going to rehab.

Cost can be a major barrier for many when considering rehab. The lower cost, state-funded options typically have a long waitlist and the others are just too much money. Due to the low operating costs in places like Thailand, rehab centres are able to offer clients a much lower monthly rate for a far superior quality of accommodation and care.

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Many rehabs in Thailand have extensive experience with handling clients in difficult situations from all over the world and can admit a client within a couple of days. Rehabs in your home country may take weeks or even months to process an admission due to long waitlists, insurance protocols, or other ‘red tape.’ Some of the top rehabs in Thailand also have experience working with many international insurance companies, so you can save costs and get into treatment sooner.
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If you are concerned about yourself or your loved one making it through the doors of rehab, we also have an extensive network of mental health professionals in the UK, US and Australia and can recommend intervention services and sober escort if needed.​

why you need to act quickly

Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviours that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.

Addiction is a primary, chronic and progressive disease
Once someone has crossed the line from substance use to abuse into full-blown addiction, that addiction will not go away on its own and they really need to get into rehab immediately. Without serious intervention including: abstinence; intensive cognitive behavioral therapy; and treatment of any co-occurring disorders, the addiction will continue to progress and take over all aspects of a person’s life.
Genetic predisposition makes it worse
For those who have a genetic predisposition to addiction, grew up in an unstable home environment, or have undergone trauma, addiction can hit particularly hard. At first, substances or behaviors might provide relief from uncomfortable emotions and situations, but once addiction sets in, the primary nature of the disease will overpower everything else. The addiction itself will cause even more problems on top of the preexistent ones and the addicted person is left feeling as though their life is completely out of control and, worst case scenario, not worth living.
A family disease
Of course, the addict is not the only one who suffers as a result of their addiction. Addiction is often described as a family disease. Family members, loved ones, friends, and colleagues are all eventually impacted by an individual’s addiction. Those with addiction issues may become manipulative, irrational, and even violent as their disease progresses. This may lead to the dissolution of relationships, loss of job, legal problems, and more.
An intervention is needed

For all these reasons, once an addiction is recognized, one should take the necessary steps to get into rehab immediately. Often, the addicted individual is too wrapped up in their addiction and denial that they are unable to recognize the problem and change their situation. In this case, loved ones may need to learn how to stage an intervention in order to encourage someone into treatment until they are able to identify their issues and work towards recovery on their own initiative.

Signs someone needs immediate drug rehab

Your life revolves around substances or unhealthy behaviours
  • Does the substance or behaviour (i.e. gambling, sex, or video gaming) consume your thoughts?
  • Are you often or always thinking of the next time you can use, and make your plans around using?
  • Do you prioritize your drug or alcohol use over time with family or friends, work, or self-care?
  • Do you continue to use despite having social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the substance?

Answering ‘yes’ to any of these questions are telltale signs that you are suffering from an addiction.

Your tolerance has increased
After a period of prolonged or intense use of a substance or behavior, your tolerance will continue to rise. This is the progressive nature of addiction. Addicts who have been using for some time often describe how they are constantly ‘chasing a high,’ usually their first or best high, which is simply not attainable after continued use.
Increased tolerance means that you will likely start using higher quantities and more often, which puts you at an increased risk of overdose or other high risk behaviors like driving under the influence or unprotected sex. If you find that you are increasingly spending more time and money investing in your drug of choice, it is time for immediate drug rehab.
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You have other mental health concerns
Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, means that a person is not only diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder, but that they are also dealing with other mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or a personality disorder like bipolar or borderline.

Dual-diagnosis is incredibly common among those with addiction.³ It is often the case that a co-occurring disorder or underlying mental health issues may have presented prior to the addiction, and the use of substance started as a way to numb the pain or intense emotions associated with the mental illness. Regardless of its possible origins, however, once one crosses the line from use to abuse, and into addiction, those underlying mental health issues serve to further fuel one’s addiction and therefore need to be treated in tandem with addiction.

In inpatient rehab centers, an individual has access to 24/7 support from a treatment team usually including: a psychiatrist, psychologist, counsellors, medical doctors and nurses, and various other support staff. Dual-diagnosis is incredibly difficult to treat outside of an inpatient treatment setting without this robust, multifaceted approach.
You have tried to stop before
You might have noticed that you had an ‘issue’ with substances early on and tried to stop on your own before it became obvious to others. Or, you may have tried outpatient treatment or detox, but it didn’t work to address the real addiction. You found yourself using again, whether it was the next day, or the following month.
You might need immediate drug rehab if you have experienced poor outcomes of quitting either on your own or with lower levels of care. Inpatient treatment facility provides the safety, structure, medical support, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and stability needed to end addiction once and for all.
Overcoming addiction in the long-term also of course takes a serious commitment from the individual as well as the informed support of their core support system including family members and loved ones. Working with the family system is a core element of any quality inpatient rehab programme.

For more about how to get into rehab immediately, or other important information about treatment options in general, feel free to contact us. We can help you find the best inpatient rehab that meets your specific needs. This is a no-cost consultation, so call us now or fill out the contact form below.

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