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Looking After Loved Ones When You Are In Rehab

What Transpires To My Loved Ones


It is natural to worry about the well being of your family, pets and other loved ones when you go into rehab but there are several options to see to their care while you get treatment.

Addict's family is one of the main worries they face when they require a treatment; they are concerned about their financial security, where they will live and if they can contact them once they get into treatment.

All these challenges can be defeated, and understanding your alternatives can help you come up with the best selection for you and your family members.


If you seek aid before you begin your rehab and if you plan thoroughly, then even while you are having treatment your loved ones will be safe.


  • When I go to rehab, who will take care of my children?
  • Suppose I have no relative to take care of them, what next?
  • Are there better alternatives?
  • Can my loved ones pay me a visit?
  • While undergoing rehabilitation, who will take care of the financial needs of my family?
  • While going, is there a way I can tell my child?
  • What happens to my pet when I am in treatment?
  • How will I stay in touch with the people I love while in rehab?
  • How can I get help to overcome the addiction?

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Options For Child Care While In Rehab

Finding someone you trust to care for your children can be difficult if you're thinking about going to rehab. When you are undergoing the recovery program, many people are available to take care of them.

The best choice is usually someone who your children already know and trust who is close to your family.

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A lot of parents in treatment ask for help from their:

  • Your partner
  • Partner
  • Your parents
  • Siblings
  • Your intimate friends

Daytime child care can help if the people closest to you have other obligations, like work, school, etc. Some rehab facilities can relate you to the local child care options and some even have these services of their own.

Some treatment centres will allow your kids to stay with you if you are a single parent. They can also help your kid if they have some psychological problems related to the addiction they will try to help you overcome.

If you are looking for a treatment centre that will let your kid stay with you, contact us today for assistance.


Your Children And Telling Them About Rehab

It's important to talk to your child about your addiction and why you're going to treatment. Carrying on while you are away will be easy as they have a full grasp of what is going on. It will also reassure than that it is not their fault.

Follow these instructions when you are speaking with your kids:

  • Learn about addiction and treatment for yourself.
  • Discussing with your children will become easy, depending on the level of your understanding of the two issues.
  • Communicate in a language that is appropriate for their age and level of understanding.
  • Medical terms should be left out of the discussion.
  • Choose the appropriate time for the talk.
  • A relaxed environment that has minimal interruption and distractions is best.
  • Accept the impact that your addiction has had on them and recognize their feelings.
  • Apologize if you've tormented them.
  • Be open to questions and tell the truth.
  • Make it clear that your addiction is not their fault and that they cannot change your behaviour.

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics produced the "Seven Cs" to educate kids on how to effectively handle with a guardian's substance or alcohol utilisation. Kids are encouraged to learn the "Seven Cs" by heart so that they always remember they did not cause the problem. It also provides support for how to deal with their parent's addiction.


Your Child Should Learn The Seven Cs

  • I didn't cause it
  • I can't cure it
  • I cannot control it
  • I can take better care of myself
  • By communicating my feelings
  • Coming up with healthy choices and
  • Celebrating me

Alternative Child Care From Non-Profit And Government

There are other options if you don't have friends or family that can help you. The first one is non governmental, volunteer-based organizations such as safe families for children. Finding temporary accommodations for kids that have parents that can't take care of them is one of the main objects of these institutions. The safety of your kids is guarantee because the organization confirms the trustworthiness of the families that support them. These plans enable real parents to keep custody during and after therapy.


Voluntary foster care placement may be offered in your state if you can't find a program that works for your family's needs. This should, however, be your last choice.

You will have to sign a Voluntary Placement Agreement (VPA) if you opt to place your child in the foster care system. The Department of Children's Services will be in charge of your kids for a short time. On a monthly basis, you may have to foot the bill.

This option can be intimidating but it is viable. If you are must go to the court as required by the agreement you sign with the VPA, do it. You need to keep in mind that the greatest thing you can do for your kid and yourself is to beat your addiction.


Pet Care During Rehabilitation

Some families consider their pets as part of the family. Similar to dependents with kids, people with pets often strive to discover a very good caregiver. There are many alternatives for you if you can't find a person to look after your pet while you are in treatment.

Even though long term stays can be a bit pricey, there are options for lengthy boarding in many boarding centres. For any pets that require minimal care, like cats, fish, or rodents, a pet sitter may be a more reasonable option. Pet sitters will come to your house a pre established amount of times a week to care for your pets. Others will go to the extent of letting your pets live with them till you come back. Pets that require more care such as dogs will find this beneficial.

You should ensure that the person you left your pet with while you are away has all the necessary guidelines, your pet's medical history and your vet or animal clinic emergency number. You should also ensure that your vet knows that while you are away your pet will be looked after by another person.

Some rehabilitation facilities allow pets to come with their patients if you are sure that you can't be away from your pet. However, these types of facilities are still in small numbers even though this option is gaining popularity. Traveling to another state or city might be your only option in this case. However, you will probably be able to find a facility that lets pet visit you if you are not able to find one that will let them stay with you.


Visitation With Friends And Family During Rehab

Majority of programs have established that loved ones are a critical part of the treatment and having their support is extremely crucial for you to fully recover.

To assist with adjustment, most forms of communication e.g. phone calls and emails along with visitors are permitted for the first week after arrival.

Once you are done with this initial phase, most centres allow specific visitation times.

There are plans that accept daily visitation at free time, while others give weekly or monthly visitation. Every program has its own visitation time.

Visitors have to be included into your visitor's list if they are to visit and they all have to be accepted by your counsellor. Find out the facility's visitation policies to ensure that loved ones adhere to the requirements of the centre.


Communication With Friends And Family During Rehab

There are a number of communication options to your loved ones during rehab. Many facilities let you have phone talks and use email in the chosen time, but this depends on your program. Sending and receiving letters is also permitted.

Some places will even allow you to receive care packages from your loved ones. The employees will, however, probably open them for the security reasons. Learn what your loved ones can send you in a package by checking with your centre's management.

You might also find a facility that allows family therapy. A lot of cases in dependence, your loved ones are struck by the ailment, as well. The needs of each person is considered at the meetings with the objective of helping everyone to recover.


Financial Assistance For Your Family During Therapy

The expense of dependence rehab can be a big financial load, more so if your blood relation loses an origin of revenue when you're in therapy. There are various methods you can lower financial difficulties at some time, including:

  • You can consider the time you spend at the centre as part of your paid time off or sick leave if you have a discussion with your boss about it.
  • If you have paid sick leave pending you can still get a pay check for a number of days if not all of the days you will be in rehab.
  • Your family and friends should be contacted for assistance.
  • Your medical bill or other bills may be taken care of by individuals who are ready to lend a helping hand.
  • The company that handles your health insurance may pay part of the money if you contact them.
  • Medicaid/ Medicare and the Affordable Care Act provide choices to support pay for dependence therapy.
  • Check with your employer to find out if they offer short-term disability and if the policy will cover drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
  • Costs can be lowered if you are able to use any of these options.
  • Also, your rehab facility might help you make your payments more bearable by offering financing or payment plans.

Should you find that your family is falling behind on payments while you are being treated, call your creditors and request extensions or a change in dates when payments are due. A lot of people might be willing to help you as they might relate and applaud your decision to go to rehab.


Choosing Addiction Treatment To Benefit You And Your Family

You have every right to be worried about being absent from your family and going to treatment. You'd be very pressed to get a person who didn't share such emotions while they were going into therapy. But you can't allow these concerns hinder you from obtaining the assistance you deeply require. Ultimately, getting sober will be what is best for you and your family.

Don't let addiction ruin more of your or your family's lives.