Before You Go to Heartland
Notify Your Employer
In some cases, federal law recognizes addiction as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act may protect your job and insurance if you're absent from work to receive addiction treatment. Call our care advocates to learn more about this legislation and find out if it applies to your employment situation.
Tell your employer that you'll need to take medical leave and how long you will be out of work, but remember that you aren't required to disclose the reason why. You have a right to privacy regarding medical issues, and employers are required by law to keep your situation confidential.
Arrange Child and/or Pet Care
Talk to your trusted loved ones about their availability to care for your child or children. Your kids will likely want familiar, comforting faces around while you're in treatment. If your child has any programs, events or appointments in the upcoming month, be sure to arrange plans for those obligations as well.
If you have pets, you may ask friends and/or loved ones to see if they can care for them temporarily while you are receiving treatment. If not, there are many pet boarding options in every state.
The person or people caring for your dependents should have contact information for our facility so they can stay in touch. And remember: when you help yourself recover, you're helping your dependents, too!
Pay Bills/Make Financial Arrangements
If you're anticipating bills to be due while you're gone, make those payments before your first day at our facility. You can also opt in to automatic billing for your rent/mortgage payment, utilities, cell phone, or other monthly bills so you don't have to worry about late payments during treatment.
You may also consider asking a trustworthy loved one to pay bills for you if you'd rather not have money automatically taken from your accounts. Give this person your online banking information or any other account details they may need to make payments if you decide to go this route.
What to Pack for Your Stay
We recommend patients bring about a week's worth of comfortable clothing. Heartland has a laundry facility on-site and provides laundry detergent for patients to wash clothes during their stay.
- Comfortable shirts, pants and/or shorts, depending on the season
- Sneakers and flip flops
- Outerwear for colder months
- Gym clothing for exercise and outdoor activities
- Swimsuit (women: a one piece, men: no Speedos)
Personal Hygiene Supplies
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Shaving supplies
- Nail clippers
- Blow dryer
- Feminine products
- License or photo ID
- Insurance card
- Prescription card
- Labeled prescription medication (to be approved by staff upon arrival)
- Stamps and envelopes to write letters home
- Tobacco products, if you use them
- Mp3 players without WiFi or camera
- Credit or debit card to make purchases outside the facility
Do Not Pack
- Any item containing drugs or alcohol (including kombucha products)
- Revealing clothing or clothing with drug, alcohol or sexual themes
- Valuables or large sums of cash
- Chewing gum
- Electronic items, including laptops, tablets and cameras
Traveling to Heartland
We want you to be as relaxed as possible when you arrive at Heartland to begin your course of care. So if you need help getting to the facility, we're happy to assist with your arrangements.
Visit our Finding Us page to learn more about how to travel for treatment.