Second Step: Intake

Understanding the Monarch Shores 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.

People may enter a rehab center quickly after they meet the qualifications. Our center needs to verify your insurance and gather your information. After it does those things, you may be on your way to our facility.

Upon arriving at the center, you’ll undergo the intake process. During this process, you’ll meet with the clinical staff to determine if you have other mental or physical conditions.

Additionally, you’ll also discuss the type of addiction you have. You’ll discuss questions such as:

  • What have you been using?
  • How long have you been using alcohol or drugs?
  • How severe is your substance abuse or addiction?

Knowing this information can help staff members determine your condition.

What should I pack? What should I leave at home?

Before you arrive, your admissions coordinator will send you a list of items to pack and a list of items to avoid.

Since Monarch Shores is located in warm, sunny California, consider packing a bathing suit, swim accessories, and athletic shoes to spend time at a pool, beach, or park. You probably don’t need heavy winter clothes, but bring a jacket or sweater for chillier times.

Items to bring include:

  • Driver’s license or passport
  • Insurance card or a copy of the front and back of the insurance card
  • Medications that you’re currently taking in their original prescription bottles (unless they’re narcotic medications)
  • A list of your therapists, psychiatrists, and physicians that you’re seeing now or have seen in the past
  • Comfortable clothing that’s appropriate in a co-ed environment (enough for 8-9 days, so you don’t have to wash clothes frequently), pajamas, shoes, and slippers
  • Bathing suits
  • Exercise and outdoor wear
  • Journals, books, writing materials

Cell phones and laptops are permitted at Monarch Shores. So are mementos of loved ones, which can be tangible reminders of why people want to recover.

Read the lists carefully because the admissions coordinator will also tell you what NOT to pack. Some items aren’t allowed.

Monarch Shores does not allow narcotic drugs, for example. You must seal your personal care items, and they can’t contain alcohol in their first three ingredients.

It may seem daunting at first, but knowing which items to bring or avoid can make your stay much more comfortable. If you have any questions about packing (or anything else), feel free to call us.

How do clients travel to Monarch Shores?

It’s common to travel for rehab treatment. Working with your admissions coordinator and your loved ones can help you determine how to travel to Monarch Shores.

Contact us, and we can help you make arrangements to travel. For example, we can help you find affordable flights and help you with check-in processes. We can also pick you up from the airport or make other reasonable travel arrangements.

What is intake?

After we determine that you or your loved one could be a good fit for a treatment program, your admissions coordinator will begin the process of getting you to the Monarch Shores facilities.

Intake is a process that will check you into Monarch Shores and help you start treatment.

Upon arrival at the facilities, a behavioral health technician will help usher you through the intake process. The center’s medical staff and caseworkers will give you physical and psychological assessments.

Since the decision to seek addiction treatment is often difficult, starting as soon as possible can allow for a smoother transition to recovery.

What happens when you arrive?

Arriving at a rehab center can be scary, but the staff is expecting you and will greet you. A behavioral health technician (BHT) will be waiting to help make the admissions process smoother and easier.

During this time, you’ll read and sign paperwork regarding the facility’s rules, expectations of you during your stay, and other essential documents. It might seem overwhelming, which is why our staff members will walk you through this entire process.

Once you finish reviewing and signing the necessary documents, it’s time for your physical assessment.

What happens during physical assessments?

Physical assessments are important for many reasons. They determine and prove that you need inpatient addiction treatment. Your insurance company uses a doctor’s assessment to approve your addiction treatment.

A physical assessment helps inform your treatment team, the medical team, and:

  • Explains the extent of your overall addiction.
  • Gives the teams a chance to determine the condition of your overall health.
  • Provides information about any underlying conditions.

During your assessment, you’ll answer questions about how long and what you have been using, how often, and the last time you used drugs or drank alcohol.

Doctors and other health care staff conduct these assessments. Such assistance is especially important during the detox process, where you will be monitored around the clock to ensure your comfort and safety.

How long do the intake process and physical assessments last?

Intake largely depends on the client. It depends on how long it takes you to complete and sign necessary documents and undergo physical assessments.

Physical assessments can take around thirty minutes to up to two hours, but again, the timeline can vary.

What happens after physical assessments?

Following your physical assessments, you might undergo a detox (detoxification) process to remove alcohol or drugs from your body.

The detox process can last from seven to 10 days. You’ll see a medical professional every day during that time. Staff members will also check on you regularly to see if you’re safe and comfortable.

During detox, you can begin to participate in therapy and groups if you feel comfortable doing so. Or, you can relax and focus on becoming physically healthier.

Medical disclaimer:

Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing substance abuse, 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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