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Taking Care Of Loved Ones When You Are In Therapy

What Will Happen To The People I Care About


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.


As long as you plan carefully and ask for assistance before you start treatment, your family will be taken care of during your stay at rehab.


  • Who will take care of my kids while I am at a treatment centre?
  • What if I don't have loved ones who can help?
  • Are there other options?
  • Can my loved ones pay me a visit?
  • How will my family make ends meet while I'm in treatment?
  • How do I speak to my child regarding 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. There are, however, many alternatives to make sure your child is safe and sound while you are in a rehab.

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

Get help with finding a rehab option by contacting us now on 0800 246 1509.


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

  • Your partner
  • Partner
  • Their parents
  • Brothers or sisters
  • Close friends

If these individuals have other responsibilities (school, work, etc.), daytime day care may assist greatly bridge the gap. A few healing places as well provide child care services or can link to local child care resources.

Your kids are permitted to live in the rehab 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.

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

Speaking to your kid concerning your dependence and the reason you're going to therapy is very vital. It will assist them acknowledge and adapt with your absenteeism. It will also reassure than that it is not their fault.

A number of stipulations to adopt when verbalizing to your kids are:

  • Get informed about addiction and rehabilitation.
  • The more that you know, the easier it will be to talk about.
  • Use language that is fitting to the child's age so that they will understand.
  • Don't use medical terminology.
  • Choose the best time to talk to them.
  • The best place is where concentration is possible.
  • Accept their feelings and the consequences of your addiction on their lives.
  • Apologize if you've tormented them.
  • Answer their questions and be straight with them.
  • Ensure you insist that your difficulty is not their blame and they are not capable to control your character.

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. In order to remind them that they did not cause the problem, children are encouraged to learn the "Seven C's." How to deal with their parent's abuse of drugs is also taught by the principle.


The Seven Cs

  • I am not the cause
  • I cannot cure it
  • I can't 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

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. You can rest assured that your children will be safe and sound because the Safe Families for Children organization thoroughly checks its volunteer families. 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 option is usually a last resort.

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 might have to pay monthly child support.

This is an understandably scary option, but it is there should you need it. If you are must go to the court as required by the agreement you sign with the VPA, do it. Never forget, beating your addiction is the number one thing you can do for you and you child.


Pet Care Solutions For 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. When friends or family are not in a position of caring for your pet as you seek treatment, there are a number of alternatives.

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 might even take your pets to their home. Pets that require constant care, like dogs or other animals might be better off with this alternative.

Release enough information, such as the emergency numbers of your animal clinic or vet, the medical records of the pet, and how to care for it, for the pet giver if you must put them in the custody of someone. Let your vet know that someone else is caring for your animal temporarily.

In case you cannot consider the option of separating from your pet, you will need to find a treatment facility that permits patients to check in with their pets. Pet friendly facilities are becoming more popular but are still rare. You might have to travel to another area to find this kind of program. There are rehabs that permit pets on visit, this may be a good alternative if your rehab forbids them.


Visitation With Friends And Family During Rehab

Many programs regard loved ones a huge section of your healing program and their help will be really significant to your recuperation.

Usually, for a week after you get into the program, any visitors or contact with them (phone, email, etc.) are forbidden until you have used to the new situation.

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

There are plans that accept daily visitation at free time, while others give weekly or monthly visitation. The period of visitation as well changes with plan.

A counsellor may need to approve visitors and they will be added to an approved visitor's list in order to visit you. There are some basic conditions that must be met before a visitor will be approved, go through the terms and conditions of the rehab whether they meet them or not.


Conversing With Your Loved Ones From Rehabilitation

There are many ways to get in touch with your loved ones when in therapy. It depends with plan, though a good number of centres accept phone and internet use (email) at assigned periods. 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. Staff will probably check any care packages for safety reasons. Confirm with your therapy's management to know which items are disallowed in care parcels.

Allowance may also be made for your family to receive treatment at the facility. In many addiction cases, loved ones are also affected by the condition. Everybody's emotions are acknowledged and addressed in these meetings.


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. Here are a few ways to lessen money problems down the road:

  • 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.
  • Request for assistance from your family and close friends.
  • You might be surprised by how many people are willing to help your family financially with cost of treatment or living expenses.
  • Your health insurance firm might be prepared to pay for a portion of your rehab expenses, so you need to check that.
  • Medicaid/ Medicare and the Affordable Care Act provide choices to support pay for dependence therapy.
  • You can also enquire your boss if they provide short-term disability and if so whether the program caters for substance and alcohol rehabilitation.
  • These are different ways to help reduce the financial impact.
  • To ensure that you pay for your treatment without trouble, you can check the facility whether there is allowance for installment payment if you cannot pay the whole medical bill once.

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. A lot of people will be prepared to cooperate with you because many know what addiction means and will want to support your decision to quit.


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

Your worries regarding visiting therapy and leaving your loved ones behind are absolutely sensible. When going to the rehab for the first time, nearly everybody has the same concerns. But it's important to get the help you need and not to let these concerns dissuade you. You getting better, after all, is the best solution for you, as well as your family.

don't misuse another moment of you or their lives on dependence.