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Taking Care Of Loved Ones When You Are In Therapy

What Will Occur To My Loved Ones


It is natural to worry about the well being of your family, pets and other loved ones when you go into rehab but there are several options to see to their care while you get treatment.

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.


If you seek aid before you begin your rehab and if you plan thoroughly, then even while you are having treatment your loved ones will be safe.


  • Who will handle my kids when I visit therapy?
  • What if I don't have loved ones who can help?
  • Are there any other options?
  • Can my loved ones pay me a visit?
  • While undergoing rehabilitation, who will take care of the financial needs of my family?
  • 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 obtain treatment straight away?

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Child Care Choices For People 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.

We can assist you to get a program that will help your recovery if you contact us on 0800 246 1509.


Most parents going to rehab request help from:

  • Your partner
  • Partner
  • Parents
  • Your brothers and sisters
  • Close friends

Daytime child care can help if the people closest to you have other obligations, like work, school, etc. A few healing places as well provide child care services or can link to local child care resources.

Some treatment centres will allow your kids to stay with you if you are a single parent. Programs like this can treat the child for any mental health issues they might have as well as the parent's addiction.

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


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 deal with you not being there and to understand the situation. It will as well aid them recognize they're not to accuse.

Follow these instructions when you are speaking with your kids:

  • Know as much as possible about rehabilitation and dependence on addictive substances.
  • With more information, you will have an easier time explaining.
  • Communicate in a language that is appropriate for their age and level of understanding.
  • Exclude the medical language.
  • Choose the appropriate time for the talk.
  • A quiet surrounding with small disturbances is desirable.
  • Make sure to tell them that you know how your addiction influenced them and their emotions.
  • Say that you are sorry if you made them suffer.
  • Be open to questions and tell the truth.
  • The fact that your are responsible for your actions and they can't do anything about it should be discussed with them.

"Seven Cs" have been created by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics help children learn how to cope with drug or alcohol abuse of their parents. Kids are urged to remember the "Seven Cs" to remind them that they're not the source of the difficulty. How to deal with their parent's abuse of drugs is also taught by the principle.


Your Child Should Learn The Seven Cs

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

Government And Non-Profit Child Care Solutions

You have some alternatives if your friends and family can't take care of your kids. Safe Families for Children is an NGO that can handle that responsibility. These organizations place children in temporary care when their parents are unavailable or unable to care for them. To make sure your children will be safe and cared for, volunteers are thoroughly screened by the Safe Families for Children program. These plans enable real parents to keep custody during and after therapy.


If you can't detect a program that matches your family's demands, voluntary positioning in foster care may be offered in your state. This is usually a last alternative.

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. Paying child support on a monthly basis might be required of you.

This option can be intimidating but it is viable. You only need to remain committed to the VPA terms and present yourself for court hearings as required. Just remember: Being sober is the greatest thing you can ever for yourself and kid as well.


Pet Care During Rehabilitation

Pets in many homes are important members of the family. Similar to addicted parents, those who own pets often find it difficult to find a fitting care provider. There are options if family and friends aren't able to care for your pet while you're in treatment.

Even though long term stays can be a bit pricey, there are options for lengthy boarding in many boarding centres. A pet sitter can turn out to be a less expensive choice for pets that need minimal attention, such as cats, rodents and fish. Pet sitters will come to your house a pre established amount of times a week to care for your pets. Some will even house your pets until you get home. Pets that require constant care, like dogs or other animals might be better off with this alternative.

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. 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. However, these types of facilities are still in small numbers even though this option is gaining popularity. You may have to travel to another area in order to find a program suited for you. 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

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 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.

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.

Adding your visitors to a list may be necessary after a counsellor agrees to their visits. Make sure that your friends and family fulfill the stipulated requirements by checking the facility policies.


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.

Some places will even allow you to receive care packages from your loved ones. Although, they will probably be accessed by staff immediately for security reasons. To find out what items are allowed in care packages, check with your facility's administration.

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. The sessions are meant to facilitate recognizing the feelings of each family member and everyone's healing.


Financial Support For Your Loved Ones During Rehabilitation

If there is a financial loss in your family while you are away, there may be too much financial pressure on the family as a result of your medical bill. During these times you can decrease financial troubles by doing a few things:

  • Discuss used and paid time off and sick days with your employer.
  • Your boss may pay part of the medical bill, even if you are financially buoyant and can easily foot the bill.
  • 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.
  • Confirm with your health insurance firm to check whether they'll cover a section of your rehab.
  • To take care of the medical expenses occurred during recovery, the Affordable Care Act Medicaid / Medicare give some suggestions.
  • 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 choices may assist lower the total expenses.
  • 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.

In the scenario that your blood relation gets behind on bills when you're in treatment, attempt contacting your creditors to quickly request for an extension or to modify the due dates for your requital. A lot of people might be willing to help you as they might relate and applaud your decision to go to rehab.


Addiction Therapy Is The Best Solution For You And Your Family

Having concerns about going into treatment and leaving your family behind is completely normal. You'd be very pressed to get a person who didn't share such emotions while they were going into therapy. 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.

Do not let another moment of your life get wasted on addiction.