When you struggle with addiction, it doesn’t only impact you, it impacts the people around you, too—and that can certainly include your children. Making the decision to seek recovery is ultimately what’s best for your entire family but that doesn’t mean it won’t be hard, especially in the beginning.
Getting Your Kids Ready
As you head to rehab, you’ll obviously want to prepare your kids for your absence. The first and most obvious question is who will take care of them. It’s vital to find a loving and responsible adult—your spouse, significant other, or a grandparent—who can not only provide the kids with care but also provide you with peace of mind.
If your children are going to remain at home, make sure you go through the house thoroughly to remove any drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia—ensuring it’s truly a safe and clean environment for your little ones.
For kids who are in school, you’ll want to keep academic disruptions to a minimum. That means coordinating drop-off and pick-up times with the child’s caregiver, and it may also mean meeting with teachers to let them know what’s happening.
Something else to at least think about is whether your kids will need to go to therapy to talk through some of the issues related to your addiction and recovery. You can arrange this therapy after you’re back home, if you think that will be more helpful.
Finally, make sure you research your recovery center’s visitation policy, and leave information about when you’d like your little ones to come see you!
Going to alcohol & drug rehab is never easy, especially not when you’re leaving kids behind—but be encouraged: getting addiction-free is ultimately the best thing you can do for your kids.
Contact Seacliff Recovery today to learn more.