It can be tough to find a trustworthy person to take care of your child if you are a parent thinking about treatment. However, a number of child care choices are available for the duration you will be in treatment.
The best choice is usually someone who your children already know and trust who is close to your family.
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A lot of parents in treatment ask for help from their:
You can put them in the custody of reputable child care during the day if your friends and family have work or school to attend to. There are treatment facilities that offer services to care for children or will link you up to a child care services provider.
If you're a single mother or father, some rehab bases accept your children to live with you in therapy. Such treatment centres will not only treat the addiction of the parent but also help the child overcome and mental health problems that are caused by the parent's addiction.
If you want a rehab that accommodates kids, give us a call and we will get one for you.
Your Children And Telling Them About Rehab
It's important to talk to your child about your addiction and why you're going to treatment. It will help them understand and deal with you being away. Blaming themselves for what led to the addiction will be eliminated.
There are some guidelines to follow when talking to your child:
Teach yourself about dependence and therapy.
The more that you know, the easier it will be to talk about.
Let them get what you are saying by considering their age when discussing with them.
Medical terms should be left out of the discussion.
The discussion should take place when it is appropriate to do so.
A relaxed environment that has minimal interruption and distractions is best.
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 very true and open to interrogations.
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. To help them remember that they are not to blame, "Seven C's" are taught to children. It also provides support for how to deal with their parent's addiction.
The Seven Cs For Your Child To Memorize
I didn't cause it
I cannot cure it
It cannot be control
I am able to care better for myself
By communicating my feelings
Coming up with healthy choices and
Non-Profit And Government Child Care Choices
If you don't have any blood relation or allies that can assist you look over your kids, there are several alternatives. Safe Families for Children is one - a non-governmental, volunteer organization. Kids who are abandoned by their parents are sheltered by this NGO. The Safe Families for Children program keenly goes through its Volunteer families, to make sure your children will be secure and attended to. While receiving treatment and after that, the parents of the kids can come for them.
In your neighbourhood, you may find certified caregivers if the NGOs do not satisfy you. This should, however, be your last choice.
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. You might have to pay monthly child support.
This is an alternative, however frightening it might sound. You only need to remain committed to the VPA terms and present yourself for court hearings as required. You can give your kid and yourself the best gift, and that is overcoming your addiction.
Pet Care Options For Rehabilitation
In many families, pets are considered a loving member. Addicts who have pets are always concerned about the safety of the pets, the same way people with children feel concerned about their kids. 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. For any pets that require minimal care, like cats, fish, or rodents, a pet sitter may be a more reasonable option. Pet sitters visit your residence defined number of times every day or week to conduct care practices. Others will go to the extent of letting your pets live with them till you come back. Pets that require constant care, like dogs or other animals might be better off with this alternative.
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. Let your vet know that someone else is caring for your animal temporarily.
Some rehabilitation facilities allow pets to come with their patients if you are sure that you can't be away from your pet. However, these types of facilities are still in small numbers even though this option is gaining popularity. In some situations, it may require one to move to a different state or city to access such a facility. However, you will probably be able to find a facility that lets pet visit you if you are not able to find one that will let them stay with you.
Visitation With Family And Friends During Treatment
Many programs regard loved ones a huge section of your healing program and their help will be really significant to your recuperation.
For the first 3 to 7 days after you arrive at the centre, you are not allowed to contact or discuss with anybody as a way of helping you get used to the new environment.
Most rehabs offer visiting hours once the initial adjustment period is over.
There are programs that let you have daily visits when you have free time while others have weekly or monthly visits. Each rehab will have its own duration of visitation time.
Visitors have to be included into your visitor's list if they are to visit and they all have to be accepted by your counsellor. View your centres' regulations to make sure that your loved ones match the essential demands for visitation.
Contacting Your Friends And Family From Treatment
There are many ways to get in touch with your loved ones when in therapy. Programs are different but many of them will allow the use of phones and email or internet during specific times. You can also receive and send mail.
Some places will even allow you to receive care packages from your loved ones. These packages will however have to be screened by staff members before you receive them to ensure safety. You can find out from the administration of the facility about prohibited items that are not allowed in care packages.
Allowance may also be made for your family to receive treatment at the facility. A lot of cases in dependence, your loved ones are struck by the ailment, as well. Everybody's emotions are acknowledged and addressed in these meetings.
Monetary Help For Your Family Whilst In Rehab
If you are a primary financial caretaker of your family, then the expenses of addiction program might be a financial strain while you are away. There are various methods you can lower financial difficulties at some time, including:
Discuss used and paid time off and sick days with your employer.
That way you can still be paid for a part of for all of the time spent in rehab if you have saved a sufficient number of these days.
You can ask your family and friends to help you.
You will be surprised by the number of people who are ok with making a contribution towards the cost of treatment and sustaining your family financially as you go through treatment.
Confirm with your health insurance firm to check whether they'll cover a section of your rehab.
There are options in Medicaid / Medicare and the Affordable Care Act that might cover some of your rehab costs.
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.
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 will be prepared to cooperate with you because many know what addiction means and will want to support your decision to quit.
Treatment Of Addiction Is The Best For You And The People You Love
Being separated from your family while you're away in treatment are valid concerns. Mostly everyone going into rehab shares these same feelings. But these fears should not keep you from seeking the help necessary for you. At the end of the day, being sober is the best thing for you and the people you love.
Don't spend one more second of your lives on addiction.