What Happens To The Ones I Love
It's very natural to be worried about your kids, partner or pets while you're in therapy, but there are several ways to make sure they're cared for when you are in rehab.
Family is one of the biggest worries for people in treatment for addiction - where they'll live, how they will get by financially, if they can communicate during treatment.
Understanding your alternatives can help you make the right decision for you and your loved ones since these challenges can be beaten.
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.
- Who will look after my children while I am in rehab?
- What if I don't have loved ones who can help?
- Are there better alternatives?
- Are my loved ones permitted to visit me?
- How will I meet financial obligations when in treatment?
- How do I speak to my child regarding going to therapy?
- While at the rehab, what will happen to my pet?
- How can I keep in touch with my loved ones from treatment?
- How can I find treatment now?
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Child Care Alternatives For People In Rehab
Parents who are thinking about going into rehab can find it difficult to get a reliable caregiver for their children. Nevertheless, there are various child care choices present when you're in rehab.
The best choice is usually someone who your children already know and trust who is close to your family.
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Parents in rehab usually reach out to their:
- Significant other
- Other important people
- Their parents
- Brothers or sisters
- Close friends
Daytime child care can help if the people closest to you have other obligations, like work, school, etc. 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. 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 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
Communicating to your children about why you need to go into rehab and your addiction is very important. It will help them deal with you not being there and to understand the situation. It will also help them understand that it isn't their fault.
When talking to them about it, use these simple tips:
- Teach yourself about dependence and therapy.
- The more you understand, the easier it will become to elaborate.
- Use language that is fitting to the child's age so that they will understand.
- Avoid using technical terms and medical jargon.
- The discussion should take place when it is appropriate to do so.
- The best place is where concentration is possible.
- Make sure to tell them that you know how your addiction influenced them and their emotions.
- Apologize if you've tormented them.
- Create time for questions and answers session and don't hide anything from them.
- The fact that your are responsible for your actions and they can't do anything about it should be discussed with them.
The "Seven C's" method was developed by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics to help children deal with their parent's substance abuse. 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 also offers ideas on how to deal with a parent who is addicted.
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 emotions
- Making health conscious choices, and
- Celebrating me
Government And Non-Profit Child Care Options
You have some alternatives if your friends and family can't take care of your kids. The first is non- governmental organizations that are volunteer based such as Safe Families for Children. If parents are unable to care for them, organizations like these will help find temporary homes for children. You can rest assured that your children will be safe and sound because the Safe Families for Children organization thoroughly checks its volunteer families. While receiving treatment and after that, the parents of the kids can come for them.
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 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. 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 is an alternative, however frightening it might sound. 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 During Rehabilitation
Many families have pets that are considered family members. Similar to dependents with kids, people with pets often strive to discover a very good caregiver. 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. For any pets that require minimal care, like cats, fish, or rodents, a pet sitter may be a more reasonable option. 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 a better option for dogs or animals that will need more support.
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. 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.
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. In some situations, it may require one to move to a different state or city to access such a facility. 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 When In 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.
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.
Many facilities let you have visitors when this first week passes.
Some centres allow daily visits; others only allow them weekly or monthly. Each rehab has its own stipulated duration for visitors.
There are visitors who may be included in a visitor's list by your counsellor so as to see 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.
Contacting Your Friends And Family From Treatment
While you are in treatment you can talk with your friends and family in a few ways. It depends with plan, though a good number of centres accept phone and internet use (email) at assigned periods. You can as well mail and get letters.
Your family and friends can also send gifts to you as some rehab centres give room for that. The employees will, however, probably open them for the security reasons. If there are forbidden things, ask for these from the administrators of the facility.
Allowance may also be made for your family to receive treatment at the facility. Your family is also affected by your addiction, in the majority of situations. The sessions are meant to facilitate recognizing the feelings of each family member and everyone's healing.
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. 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.
- You can ask your family and friends to help you.
- Your medical bill or other bills may be taken care of by individuals who are ready to lend a helping hand.
- Confirm with your health insurance firm to check whether they'll cover a section of your rehab.
- Medicare or Medicaid along with the Affordable Care Act provide options which contribute to addiction treatment expenses.
- 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.
- These are different ways to help reduce the financial impact.
- 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.
If your family can't keep up with bills while you're getting treatment, try to get extensions or ask your creditors to change dues dates. A lot of people may offer to assist you because they understand your problem and will want to help you overcome them.
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. But your recovery needs to be your primary concern and nothing should get in your way. Ultimately, getting sober will be what is best for you and your family.
Don't spend one more second of your lives on addiction.