What Will Happen To The People I Care About
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.
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.
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.
- When I go to rehab, who will take care of my children?
- What happens if I do not have someone who can assist?
- Are there better alternatives?
- Can my family or friends visit me?
- While undergoing rehabilitation, who will take care of the financial needs of my family?
- How can I talk to my children about checking into rehab?
- What happens to my pet when I go to a treatment centre?
- How can I stay in touch with my loved ones while in rehab?
- How can I get treatment today?
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Child Care Alternatives For People In Rehab
You may find it challenging to get a good person to take care of your kids if you want to seek medical assistance at a rehabilitation centre. Nevertheless, there are various child care choices present when you're in rehab.
The greatest alternative is often a person very close to the family whom your kids already are really familiar with and are okay with.
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Most parents going to rehab request help from
- Close family friends
Daytime kindergarten can be a great alternative if your other options have other responsibilities (school, job, etc.). Child care is offered at some treatment centres or they can help connect you to child care services in your area.
Some treatment centres will allow your kids to stay 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.
Call us now and we'll help you find a rehab that will let your child stay with you.
Letting Your Children Know About Your Journey To Rehab
It's important to talk to your child about your addiction and why you're going to treatment. Carrying on while you are away will be easy as they have a full grasp of what is going on. It will as well aid them recognize they're not to accuse.
Follow these instructions when you are speaking with your kids
- Get informed about addiction and rehabilitation.
- The more that you know, the easier it will be to talk about.
- Talk with them so they can understand you, use words they know.
- Avoid using technical terms and medical jargon.
- Choose the best time to talk to them.
- A quiet surrounding with small disturbances is desirable.
- Know their emotions and the effect your dependence has had on them.
- Say that you are sorry if you made them suffer.
- Tell the truth and let them ask questions.
- Make it clear that your addiction is not their fault and that they cannot change your behaviour.
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. Kids are urged to remember the "Seven Cs" to remind them that they're not the source of the difficulty. It can also give them advice so they can deal with their parent's addiction.
The Seven Cs
- I am not the cause
- I can't cure it
- It cannot be control
- I can take better care of myself
- By communicating my emotions
- Making healthy choices and
- Celebrating me
Non-Profit And Government Child Care Opportunities
Those who do not have family or friends to look after their children have other options. Safe Families for Children is one - a non-governmental, volunteer organization. If parents are unable to care for them, organizations like these will help find temporary homes for children. The Safe Families for Children program keenly goes through its Volunteer families, to make sure your children will be secure and attended to. These plans enable real parents to keep custody during and after therapy.
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 should be the last choice.
You must sign a Voluntary Placement Agreement if a caregiver centre is your choice. 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. On a monthly basis, you may have to foot the bill.
It is an alternative, although it may be terrifying to make that choice. Simply ensure you remain dedicated to the rules of the VPA and go to any needed court proceedings. Don't forget that getting clean is what is best for your children and yourself.
Pet Care During Rehabilitation
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. 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. 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. Others will go to the extent of letting your pets live with them till you come back. Pets that require more care such as dogs will find this beneficial.
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. 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.
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. Rehab centres who allow this are still uncommon despite the fact that many people are. Traveling to another state or city might be your only option in this case. 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 Loved Ones When In Treatment
The support of loved ones is essential to your treatment and most facilities consider them an important part of recovery.
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.
Once you are done with this initial phase, most centres allow specific visitation times.
There are plans that accept daily visitation at free time, while others give weekly or monthly visitation. 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.
Conversing With Your Loved Ones From Rehabilitation
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. There is also the option of sending and receiving letters.
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.
Allowance may also be made for your family to receive treatment at the facility. Your family may be suffering from reliance on drugs 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 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 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 have paid sick leave pending you can still get a pay check for a number of days if not all of the days you will be in rehab.
- Request for assistance from your family and close friends.
- you'll be astonished by the number of individuals ready to donate toward therapy expenses of your family's living costs.
- 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.
- 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.
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. Most people understand addiction and will support the steps you are taking to get sober and will be happy to work alongside you.
Addiction Treatment Is The Best Solution For Your Family And You
Being separated from your family while you're away in treatment are valid concerns. 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. 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.