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Looking After Loved Ones When You Are In Rehab

What Happens To The Ones I Love


You can make sure that your pet, partner or kids are safe and secure when you are in a therapy in so many ways, so even though it is expected to be worried there is no reason for it.

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.


By requesting for assistance and coming up with a good plan before beginning treatment, you will be sure that your family is looked after while you are in treatment.


  • Who will handle my kids when I visit therapy?
  • Suppose I have no relative to take care of them, what next?
  • What other alternatives are there?
  • Can my family pay me a visit there?
  • How will I meet financial obligations when in treatment?
  • How do I speak to my child about going to therapy?
  • What transpires to my pet when I visit therapy?
  • How can I keep in touch with my loved ones from treatment?
  • How can I get help to overcome the addiction?

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Child Care Alternatives For People In Rehab

It can be tough to find a trustworthy person to take care of your child if you are a parent thinking about treatment. When you are undergoing the recovery program, many people are available to take care of them.

The first choice should be a person close to your family who is already known to the children and they are comfortable with them.

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Parents in rehab usually reach out to their:

  • Spouse
  • Partner
  • Parents
  • Relatives
  • Close family friends

If these individuals have other responsibilities (school, work, etc.), daytime day care may assist greatly bridge the gap. Some rehab facilities can relate you to the local child care options and some even have these services of their own.

Some rehab centres will even let your children stay with you in treatment if you are a single parent. Your kids will be examined and treated if they are suspected to have mental issues apart from treating you.

If you want a rehab that accommodates kids, give us a call and we will get one for you.


How To Tell Your Child About Going To Rehab

Speaking to your kid concerning your dependence and the reason you're going to therapy is very vital. It will help them deal with you not being there and to understand the situation. It will as well aid them recognize they're not to accuse.

Some factors to consider when communicating to your kids are:

  • Know as much as possible about rehabilitation and dependence on addictive substances.
  • The more that you know, the easier it will be to talk about.
  • Talk in age suitable language they will comprehend.
  • Medical terms should be left out of the discussion.
  • Before you talk to your children, make sure the timing is right.
  • Serene surroundings are perfect if they have no distractions.
  • Know their emotions and the effect your dependence has had on them.
  • Make an apology if you have caused them pain.
  • Answer their questions and be straight with them.
  • Remember to put emphasis on the fact that they are not the cause of your addiction and they cannot control your decisions and choices.

A principle, known as the Seven Cs, was created by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics for children of alcoholics to help them cope with the addiction of their parents. Kids are urged to remember the "Seven Cs" to remind them that they're not the source of the difficulty. It as well offers them hints for how to get used with their parent's dependence.


The Seven Cs For Your Child To Know

  • I didn't cause it
  • I cannot cure it
  • I cannot control it
  • I can take better care of myself
  • By communicating my feelings
  • Making health conscious choices, and
  • Celebrating me

Government And Non-Profit Child Care Options

Those who do not have family or friends to look after their children have other options. Safe Families for Children is an NGO that can handle that responsibility. Kids who are abandoned by their parents are sheltered by this NGO. To make sure your children will be safe and cared for, volunteers are thoroughly screened by the Safe Families for Children program. You will be able to preserve custody while you are in rehab and after it thanks to these organizations.


In your neighbourhood, you may find certified caregivers if the NGOs do not satisfy you. This is usually a last alternative.

You will be required to sign a Voluntary Placement Agreement (VPA) if you decide to put your kid in foster care. Signing it means that you will be transferring the custody and care of your child to the Department of Children's Services temporarily. On a monthly basis, you may have to foot the bill.

Opting for this method is really frightening, but it is a choice. You only have to ensure that you are present for all necessary court hearings and that you stay dedicated to the conditions of the VPA. Don't forget that getting clean is what is best for your children and yourself.


Pet Care During Rehabilitation

Some families consider their pets as part of the family. People with pets, similar to those with kids, frequently have problems finding a proper caretaker. You have different alternatives if you can't find a relative to take your pets while you are away.

Most boarding facilities have long term options, but this can cost a lot of money. If you have a pet that doesn't have to have constant care, like a cat, rodent or fish, you might go with a pet sitter as a less expensive solution. To take care of the pets, they will visit your home a few times daily or weekly. While you are away, some pet sitters may offer to take them in with him or her. This arrangement is especially great for pets that require greater attention such as dogs.

Make sure you provide detailed instructions, contact information for your vet, and your pets relevant medical records for someone caring for your pet while you are in treatment. Let your vet know that someone else is caring for your animal temporarily.

You can take your pets along with you to some rehabs if you can't part with them. Though this trend is gaining momentum, rehab facilities that are pet friendly are not common. You may be forced to go to another city or state to get a program. There are rehabs that permit pets on visit, this may be a good alternative if your rehab forbids them.


Visitation With Family And Friends During Treatment

The support of loved ones is essential to your treatment and most facilities consider them an important part of recovery.

To aid you adapt, guests and any kind of communication (phone calls, email, etc.) are generally not accepted for a duration of 3-7 days after reporting.

A good number of these facilities allow people to pay visits after the first 7 days.

There are programs that let you have daily visits when you have free time while others have weekly or monthly visits. Each rehab has its own stipulated duration for visitors.

A counsellor may need to approve visitors and they will be added to an approved visitor's list in order to visit you. View your centres' regulations to make sure that your loved ones match the essential demands for visitation.


Communication With Friends And Family During Rehab

There are a number of communication options to your loved ones during rehab. Programs are different but many of them will allow the use of phones and email or internet during specific times. You are also able to send and receive letters.

Your family and friends can also send gifts to you as some rehab centres give room for that. For the sake of reducing exposure to danger, they may check the packages before they are delivered to you. You can find out from the administration of the facility about prohibited items that are not allowed in care packages.

Family rehab may as well be present. A lot of cases in dependence, your loved ones are struck by the ailment, as well. Everybody's emotions are acknowledged and addressed in these meetings.


Your Family Getting Financial Help During Treatment

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 a number of ways you can reduce the financial pressure as you go along. These include:

  • Use your paid time off that you have left, as well as sick leave days after a discussion with your boss.
  • If you've a lot saved up, you'll still acquire a pay check for some, if not all, of your period in Rehab.
  • Ask friends and family for assistance.
  • you'll be astonished by the number of individuals ready to donate toward therapy expenses of your family's living costs.
  • It's possible that your insurance company may cover part of your rehab costs; contact them to be sure.
  • There are options in Medicaid / Medicare and the Affordable Care Act that might cover some of your rehab costs.
  • You can also find out at your workplace if your employer offers short term disability and if they do, does it cover alcohol and drug rehab.
  • These choices may assist lower the total expenses.
  • Also, your rehab facility might help you make your payments more bearable by offering financing or payment plans.

You can ask your creditors to give you more time or to modify the designated date for your payments if your loved ones fall behind on utilities while you are away. Most people understand addiction and will support the steps you are taking to get sober and will be happy to work alongside you.


Dependence Therapy Is The Best Choice For You And Your Loved Ones

Having concerns about going into treatment and leaving your family behind is completely normal. Mostly everyone going into rehab shares these same feelings. But these fears should not keep you from seeking the help necessary for you. At the end of the day, being sober is the best thing for you and the people you love.

Don't spend one more second of your lives on addiction.