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Pre-Admission Information

Answers to commonly asked questions. For questions regarding patient visitation, click here.

Last updated August 28, 2009

Dear Prospective Patient:

We want to welcome you to the Julian F. Keith Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center (JFK-ADATC) and assure you we will do all we can to support your willingness to do whatever it takes to become sober/clean. In order for you to best use your time here, there are some things you need to know to help you prepare for admission.

1. You are scheduled for admission to the JFK-ADATC rehabilitation program. We expect that you will be physically and psychologically prepared to participate in intensive treatment as soon as you are admitted. Therefore, we require that you complete any necessary detoxification services prior to admission.

Alcohol and drug screening will be conducted at your admission. If our physician feels that you need detoxification prior to admission, we will refer you back to your Area Mental Health program. Therefore, you need to be alcohol and drug-free for 72 hours prior to admission, free from opiates (Vicodan, OxyContin) for 7 days and free from benzodiazapenes (Xanax, Valium) for 14 days.

2. It is extremely important for you to keep your appointment date and time. If you will be later that one hour, please call 828/669-3412. The person bringing you is expected to stay until you are cleared for admission. If you cannot keep your appointment, you should contact your Area Mental Health Center as soon as possible to arrange another admission date/time. The bus schedule to this area is uncertain, so please do not plan to come by bus. You are responsible for arranging your transportation home. JFK-ADATC does not provide transportation. A private vehicle (yours or friends/family) cannot be kept at JFK-ADATC.

3. In order to minimize chances that you will not receive or transmit tuberculosis, you will need proof of a certified PPD (TB skin test) within the last six months. This can be done at your local health department (some may charge a small fee). Please allow a week for this test. Some health departments only do them on certain days and they have to be “read” two to three days after they are given.

4. Your Area Mental Health Program needs to send authorization papers and other pertinent information to us prior to your admission, OR you will need to bring admission papers from the Area Mental Health Program when you come for treatment.

5. Please bring proof of identification, proof of financial status, and any health insurance information, if available. If your health insurance company requires pre-admission certification, please be sure to bring this certification on the day of admission.

If you are taking medications prescribed by a doctor, please bring them with you so that our physicians can evaluate your need for continued use of this medication while you are here. Do not bring any over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, cough syrups, etc.

If you are prescribed a controlled substance (for example, a narcotic, pain medication, Xanax, Klonopin, Phenobarbital, Ritalin, etc,), you will not be admitted unless you bring a letter from the prescribing physician (on his/her letterhead), explaining the following:

a. that no other medication is effective

b. that your doctor knows you are referred for addiction treatment

c. that your doctor will continue your care when you return home

6. Pregnant females need to have received initial prenatal care. It will be helpful to have a note signed by the care-giver indicating the estimated due day, and medical needs that should be considered during treatment, and any other significant information. If you have any questions regarding this, please call JFK-ADATC at 828/669-3410.

7. Please bring sufficient money for personal needs such as transportation home, etc. We suggest you keep $30.00 on your person. Additional money can be deposited with the Cashier and withdrawals can be made weekly. You may obtain postal stamps and change daily (Monday – Friday, except Holidays) from the Cashier. Because our Business Office does not keep a large amount of cash on hand, at the time of discharge you may receive your deposited funds in the form of a check. If someone sends you money it must be a money order. Personal checks are not cashed.

8. Please bring personal toiletries, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, unscented deodorant, (stick, cream, or solid), comb, shaving cream, etc. All of these items must be alcohol free. In our community perfume or perfumed creams or lotions, hair spray, cologne or after-shave, mouthwash, etc., are not allowed.

9. We have found that having two members of the same family and/or significant others in treatment at the same time does not work well. Therefore, two members of the same family and/or significant other will not be admitted for treatment at the same time. If you are related to any staff member at JFK-ADATC, you need to let us know so we can provide appropriate treatment for you.

10. Please bring clothes that are casual, comfortable, and machine washable. We encourage you to put your name on your clothing with a laundry marking pen. Laundry machines are provided in your dormitory.

You will need walking shoes for exercise and rubber-soled shoes for the gym. Because we wish to emphasize and respect each individual ‘s effort to begin his/her recovery without any distractions, we ask that you do not bring any clothes that might be distracting for other patients (such as short shorts, mini-skirts, see-through garments, or clothing imprinted with obscene, vulgar, or culturally insensitive drawings/pictures/ statements, etc.) or any clothing with an alcohol or drug-related logo.

11. Your time here needs to be used for activities related to recovery, so do not bring a television, a radio or a boom-box, “CD” or cassette payers, camera, Walkman, musical instruments, beepers, cellular telephones, or business related work or material. Clocks (without radios) are allowed.


13. How to get to JFK-ADATC:

From the western part of the state, traveling east on Interstate 40, take exit 59 to Swannanoa – Turn left (north) onto Patton Cove Road, crossing over I-40 , travel to traffic light. At the light turn right onto U.S. Highway 70 East, and travel approximately three miles. Turn left at signal light (just past railroad tracks and an industrial plant “Kearfott”) onto Grovestone Road. Travel to next intersection and turn right onto Old U.S. Highway 70 and travel approximately ½ mile (past Black Mountain Center and the Veterans Cemetery). Turn left onto Tabernacle Road, continue straight ahead to JFK-ADATC.

From the eastern part of the state, traveling west on Interstate 40, take exit 65 to Black Mountain: - This exit takes you through the town of Black Mountain (on U.S. Highway 70). There are three (3) traffic signals in the downtown area and one (1) right outside the immediate area, for a total of four (4) traffic signals. At the fifth (5th) signal (approximately 1 ½ miles after the 4th light – there will be a small convenience store on the right), turn right onto Blue Ridge Road. Travel to next intersection (flashing traffic signal) and turn left onto Old U.S. Highway 70. Travel approximately ½ mile. Turn right onto Tabernacle Road, continue straight ahead to JFK-ADATC (Recovery Road).

14. It is important for you to make sure you take all your belongings with you when you leave. JFK-ADATC is not responsible for any personal items left by patients.

We hope you will find these suggestions helpful as you prepare for your journey toward recovery. We look forward to your admission.


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