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Looking After Loved Ones When You Are In Rehab

What Will Happen To The People I Care About


While undergoing rehabilitation at a rehab centre, you can make provision for proper care of your pets and family members if you care about their welfare.

How one's family will fare during rehabilitation remains one of the many challenges that an addict faces if he wants to seek medical assistance for his problem.

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 look after my children while I am in rehab?
  • What if I don't have loved ones who can help?
  • Are there other options?
  • Are loved ones allowed to visit me?
  • How will I meet financial obligations when in treatment?
  • How do I speak to my child regarding going to therapy?
  • Who will care for my pet when I go into rehab?
  • How will I stay in touch with the people I love while in rehab?
  • How can I find treatment now?

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Child Care Options For Those In Rehabilitation

Parents who are thinking about going into rehab can find it difficult to get a reliable caregiver for their children. There are, however, many alternatives to make sure your child is safe and sound while you are in a rehab.

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.

Contact us instantly on 0800 246 1509 for support in getting the correct therapy.


Most of the guardians in treatment request for assistance from their:

  • Spouses
  • Partner
  • Your parents
  • Your brothers and sisters
  • Close friends

If these individuals have other responsibilities (school, work, etc.), daytime day care may assist greatly bridge the gap. Child care is offered at some treatment centres or they can help connect you to child care services in your area.

Single parents are sometimes allowed to stay with their children in some treatment facilities. Programs like this can treat the child for any mental health issues they might have as well as the parent's addiction.

Contact us right away for aid acquiring a therapy that enables your kid to live together with you.


Your Children And Telling Them About Rehab

It is very significant to speak with your kid about your dependency and why you are going for a treatment. This will help them in understanding and dealing with your absence. It will also help them understand that it isn't their fault.

Some factors to consider when communicating to your kids are:

  • Learn more about your addiction and treatment.
  • Discussing with your children will become easy, depending on the level of your understanding of the two issues.
  • Use language that is fitting to the child's age so that they will understand.
  • Don't use medical terminology.
  • Choose the appropriate time for the talk.
  • Create a quiet environment with few distractions.
  • The effect of your dependence on your children and their perception of it should be admitted.
  • Apologize if you've tormented them.
  • Tell the truth and let them ask questions.
  • Ensure you insist that your difficulty is not their blame and they are not capable to control your character.

The "Seven Cs" were created by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics to educate kids on how they can deal with the drug or alcohol problems of a parent. 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 cannot cure it
  • I can't control it
  • I am able to care better for myself
  • Through communicating my emotions
  • Making smart choices and
  • Celebrating me

Alternative Child Care From Non-Profit And Government

You have some alternatives if your friends and family can't take care of your kids. The first one is non governmental, volunteer-based organizations such as safe families for children. Kids who are abandoned by their parents are sheltered by this NGO. The safety of your kids is guarantee because the organization confirms the trustworthiness of the families that support them. 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 be required to sign a Voluntary Placement Agreement (VPA) if you decide to put your kid in foster care. 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 could be required to pay child support on a monthly basis.

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. 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

Pets are very crucial members of most of the families. Addicts who have pets are always concerned about the safety of the pets, the same way people with children feel concerned about their kids. You have different alternatives if you can't find a relative to take your pets while you are away.

There is long-term residential boarding at many facilities though long stays can be quite costly. Getting a sitter for your pet may be an affordable alternative especially for pets that need little care such as fish, cats or rodents. Pet sitters take care of your pets by coming to your house a certain number of times every day or every week. In some cases they may even agree to live with your pet at their home until you are back. This is a better option for dogs or animals that will need more support.

If another person is taking care of your pet when you're in therapy, ensure you provide them with full care guidelines, emergency care details (your animal clinic or Vet) and your pet's medical accounts. Be certain to give word to your Vet that your pet will be in the attention of a different individual for the period of your program.

Some treatment centres will allow you to bring your pet with you if leaving them is not a viable option. Despite this exercise becoming very popular, pet-friendly therapy is still very uncommon. You might have to travel to another area to find this kind of program. If you are not able to discover a place that permits your pet to stay with you, you will be in a position to get one that allows pets during visiting period.


Visitation With Family And Friends During Treatment

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 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.

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

Some centres allow daily visits; others only allow them weekly or monthly. The period of visitation as well changes with plan.

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. View your centres' regulations to make sure that your loved ones match the essential demands for visitation.


Communication With Friends And Family During Rehab

You have a few ways to communicate with loved ones when you're in treatment. Most places will allow phone calls and emails during designated times, but this varies by facility. You can also receive and send mail.

Other facilities accept your loved ones to submit care parcels. The employees will, however, probably open them for the security reasons. Confirm with your therapy's management to know which items are disallowed in care parcels.

In some cases you can be offered family therapy. A lot of cases in dependence, your loved ones are struck by the ailment, as well. These sessions will help everyone heal by acknowledging everyone's feelings.


Financial Assistance For Your Family During Therapy

The expenses related to treating addiction can be a burden financially especially where your family has to go without one source of income as you are in rehab. There are various methods you can lower financial difficulties at some time, including:

  • Use your paid time off that you have left, as well as sick leave days after a discussion with your boss.
  • 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.
  • Ask friends and family for assistance.
  • There might be more people than you expect ready to help with your family's living expenditures or with your rehabilitation.
  • You should also consult your health insurer to establish if they can pay for some of your treatment expenses.
  • There are options in Medicaid / Medicare and the Affordable Care Act that might cover some of your rehab costs.
  • 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.
  • You might be able to get more manageable payments if your facility offers special financing or payment plan options.

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.


Treatment Of Addiction Is The Best For You And The People You Love

Having concerns about going into treatment and leaving your family behind is completely normal. Mostly everyone going into rehab shares these same feelings. Seeking professional assistance shouldn't be discouraged because of anxiety. You getting better, after all, is the best solution for you, as well as your family.

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