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Taking Care Of Loved Ones When You Are In Therapy

What Do My Loved Ones Do


Being worried about your children, spouse, or pets while you're in treatment is normal, but there are many ways to make sure they're being cared for while you are in rehab.

Family is one of the main concerns for individuals who are seeking treatment for addiction - here they will live, how to take care of financial obligations and communication during treatment.

These challenges have solutions and learning the options open to you will help you make the right choice for your family and yourself.


Your family will receive the best loving attention while away by making good plans for them and seeking the assistance of other people before embarking on the recovery program.


  • When I go to rehab, who will take care of my children?
  • What If I don't have people who can assist?
  • Are there better alternatives?
  • Can my family or friends visit me?
  • 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 find treatment now?

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Child Care Options For Those In Rehabilitation

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 preferred alternative is usually a person with which your kid is comfortable and familiar with, a person close to you and your loved ones.

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Most parents going to rehab request help from:

  • Significant other
  • Boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Parents
  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Close friends

You can put them in the custody of reputable child care during the day if your friends and family have work or school to attend to. Child care is offered at some treatment centres or they can help connect you to child care services in your area.

Some rehab centres will even let your children stay with you in treatment if you are a single parent. These plans not only heal the guardian's dependence, but as well treat the kid for any associated psychological health concerns.

Get in touch with us today and let us assist you in getting a rehab that will let you stay with your child.


How To Talk To Your Child Concerning Rehab

It is very significant to speak with your kid about your dependency and why you are going for a treatment. It will help them understand and deal with you being away. Blaming themselves for what led to the addiction will be eliminated.

There are some guidelines to follow when talking to your child:

  • Teach yourself about dependence and therapy.
  • Discussing with your children will become easy, depending on the level of your understanding of the two issues.
  • Talk in age suitable language they will comprehend.
  • Don't use medical terminology.
  • Before you talk to your children, make sure the timing is right.
  • 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.
  • If they feel betrayed, express regret for your actions.
  • Tell the truth and let them ask questions.
  • 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. The principle help the children realize that they are not responsible for the problem, hence, the are repeatedly asked to learn the principle by heart. It as well offers them hints for how to get used with their parent's dependence.


Your Child Should Learn The Seven Cs

  • I am not the cause
  • I can't cure it
  • I cannot control it
  • I can take good care of myself
  • Through communicating my emotions
  • Making healthy choices and
  • Celebrating me

Government And Non-Profit Child Care Solutions

If you don't have any blood relation or allies that can assist you look over your kids, there are several alternatives. The first is non- governmental organizations that are volunteer based 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 Safe Families for Children program keenly goes through its Volunteer families, to make sure your children will be secure and attended to. While receiving treatment and after that, the parents of the kids can come for them.


If there are no such programs that match what you need as a family, you may consider voluntary foster placement if it is offered in your state. 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. When you do that, you agree to let the Department of Children's Services take custody and care of your kid for a certain time period. You may be obligated for paying child support each month.

This is an understandably scary option, but it is there should you need it. Simply ensure you remain dedicated to the rules of the VPA and go to any needed court proceedings. 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 Alternatives For Treatment

Some families consider their pets as part of the family. People with pets often have a hard time finding care for their pets, just like some addicts do for their children. There are options if family and friends aren't able to care for your pet while you're in treatment.

Long-term boarding is present at many of the boarding amenities, though very long stays can be really costly. 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 is very suitable for dogs and other animals that require great care.

If you get a pet sitter for the duration you will be in rehab, you need to give detailed instructions on care, the medical records of your pet and contact information in case of emergency such as the animal clinic or vet you work with. Since your pets will be taken care of by another person, don't forget to inform your vet of that.

Some rehabilitation facilities allow pets to come with their patients if you are sure that you can't be away from your pet. Though this trend is gaining momentum, rehab facilities that are pet friendly are not common. You may have to travel to another area in order to find a program suited for you. You'll most likely be able to find a centre that will allow your pet to visit if you can't find a program that will allow them to stay with you.


Visitation With Loved Ones During Treatment

Family assistance is crucial to breaking free from addiction, and a good number of rehab centres feel that their presence will play a role in helping you to get over the problem.

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.

Most rehabs offer visiting hours once the initial adjustment period is over.

While some centres allow visitors either weekly or monthly, others allow them during the short break in the afternoon. Every program has its own visitation time.

There are visitors who may be included in a visitor's list by your counsellor so as to see you. View your centres' regulations to make sure that your loved ones match the essential demands for visitation.


When In Rehab Communicating With Loved Ones

There are a number of communication options to your loved ones during rehab. Some centres permit the use of Internet and phones at specific hours of the day, although this is different from one facility to another. Sending and receiving letters is also permitted.

We have facilities that even allow you to receive care packages from your loved ones. These packages will however have to be screened by staff members before you receive them to ensure safety. 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. Your loved ones are affected by your addiction, too. The needs of each person is considered at the meetings with the objective of helping everyone to recover.


Financial Assistance For Your Family During Rehabilitation

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. These suggestions will help you with many things you can do to lighten the challenge:

  • Discussing with your employer on the possibility of using sick off days and any paid off time.
  • Even if you don't have enough to cover the entire time, you'll still receive a pay check during some of your time in treatment.
  • Your family and friends should be contacted for assistance.
  • you'll be astonished by the number of individuals ready to donate toward therapy expenses of your family's living costs.
  • 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.
  • Your employer may have some programs that cover people who are incapacitated by one health problem or the other, inquire from your boss whether such exists and if the scope includes rehab from alcohol and drugs.
  • You may find it challenging to get a good person to take care of your kids if you want to you may cut your medical expenses if you use these suggestions.
  • You could also find out if the rehab centre allows for financing and different forms of payment plans that can make the cost more manageable.

Get in touch with your lenders and ask them to extend your loan or the day to pay if your family are unable to keep up with the payment in your absence. Most people understand addiction and will support the steps you are taking to get sober and will be happy to work alongside you.


Choosing Addiction Treatment To Benefit You And Your Family

Your worries regarding visiting therapy and leaving your loved ones behind are absolutely sensible. You will rarely find anyone who did not have similar misgivings as they went into rehab. But you can't allow these concerns hinder you from obtaining the assistance you deeply require. 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.