When you're a guardian highly considering therapy, getting a dependable caregiver for your children can be very tricky. There are, however, many alternatives to make sure your child is safe and sound while you are in a rehab.
People that your children are already familiar with and feel at ease around are the most reliable people you should put in charge of your children when away from home.
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These people could be:
Brothers and Sisters
Close family 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.
If you're a single mother or father, some rehab bases accept your children to live with you in therapy. 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 are looking for a treatment centre that will let your kid stay with you, contact us today for assistance.
Your Children And Telling Them About Rehab
Communicating to your children about why you need to go into rehab and your addiction is very important. It will assist them acknowledge and adapt with your absenteeism. It will also help them understand that it isn't their fault.
Follow these instructions when you are speaking with your kids:
Learn about addiction and treatment for yourself.
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.
Serene surroundings are perfect if they have no distractions.
The effect of your dependence on your children and their perception of it should be admitted.
Tell them you're sorry if you're hurt their feelings.
Be open to questions and tell the truth.
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. Kids are encouraged to learn the "Seven Cs" by heart so that they always remember they did not cause the problem. It also offers ideas on how to deal with a parent who is addicted.
The Seven Cs For Your Child To Memorize
I didn't cause it
I can't cure it
I cannot control it
I can take better care of myself
By communicating my feelings
Making health conscious choices, and
Government And Non-Profit Child Care Solutions
Those who do not have family or friends to look after their children have other options. The first one is non governmental, volunteer-based organizations such as safe families for children. Finding temporary accommodations for kids that have parents that can't take care of them is one of the main objects of these institutions. 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 you can't detect a program that matches your family's demands, voluntary positioning in foster care may be offered in your state. This should be the last choice.
Placing your child in foster care requires you to sign a VPA or Voluntary Placement Agreement. This means you agree to transfer custody and the well being of your child to the Department of Human Services temporarily. On a monthly basis, you may have to foot the bill.
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. Don't forget that getting clean is what is best for your children and yourself.
Pet Care Alternatives For Treatment
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. There are options if family and friends aren't able to care for your pet while you're in treatment.
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 will come to your house a pre established amount of times a week to care for your pets. Others will go to the extent of letting your pets live with them till you come back. This arrangement is especially great for pets that require greater attention such as dogs.
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. It is also good to inform the animal clinic or vet that your pet will be in another person's care for the duration you will be in treatment.
Some treatment centres will allow you to bring your pet with you if leaving them is not a viable option. Rehab centres who allow this are still uncommon despite the fact that many people are. You may be forced to go to another city or state to get a program. If you do not have access to a facility that allows you to reside with your pet, you may find one that lets your pet to be brought over during visits.
Visitation With Loved Ones During Treatment
A lot of programs thing that support from your friends and family is significant for your treatment and think of them as a crucial part of your rehabilitation plan.
To assist with adjustment, most forms of communication e.g. phone calls and emails along with visitors are permitted for the first week after arrival.
Most rehabs offer visiting hours once the initial adjustment period is over.
Some let you have visitors every week or month, while others will even allow you to be visited during your free time every day. The period of visitation as well changes with plan.
Guests may require to be accepted by a counsellor and added to a guests list so that they can meet you. Find out the facility's visitation policies to ensure that loved ones adhere to the requirements of the centre.
Talking With Your Loved Ones From Rehab
There are a number of communication options to your loved ones during rehab. 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.
We have facilities that even allow you to receive care packages from your loved ones. Although, they will probably be accessed by staff immediately for 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. In many addiction cases, loved ones are also affected by the condition. 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
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. There are various methods you can lower financial difficulties at some time, including:
You can consider the time you spend at the centre as part of your paid time off or sick leave if you have a discussion with your boss about it.
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.
The company that handles your health insurance may pay part of the money if you contact them.
There are additional payment options available through Medicaid/Medicare and the Affordable Care Act.
You can also find out at your workplace if your employer offers short term disability and if they do, does it cover alcohol and drug rehab.
You may find it challenging to get a good person to take care of your kids if you want to you may cut your medical expenses if you use these suggestions.
Also, your rehab facility might help you make your payments more bearable by offering financing or payment plans.
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.
Addiction Therapy Is The Best Solution For You And Your Family
Your worries regarding visiting therapy and leaving your loved ones behind are absolutely sensible. You'd be very pressed to get a person who didn't share such emotions while they were going into therapy. Seeking professional assistance shouldn't be discouraged because of anxiety. At the end of the day, being sober is the best thing for you and the people you love.
Don't let addiction ruin more of your or your family's lives.