For some, taking treatment can mean leaving a toxic environment that encourages them to become addicted. For others, it can be beneficial for a family to see what life is like when an addicted person is removed from the household. Either way, for family, friends and a drug or alcohol addict, the first week of treatment is a major transition. Can you visit someone in rehab?
How rehabilitation centers treat family visits?
Specialists in treatment and rehabilitation know the importance of supporting family and friends for people recovering from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Visits are usually significantly reduced in the first week of treatment and gradually increased during the stay. Some facilities offer workshops and encourage family therapies during rehab. This type of programming is extremely beneficial in solving interdependence problems, denying, anger, trust and improving communication.
Don’t introduce negativity
One of the most important prohibitions to keep in mind when visiting is not to cause any negative emotions. Chances are that they have gone through quite negative times and going through treatment may not be the easiest for them. That is why they need all the positive energy around them.
They need people who come and raise them instead of knocking them down. Talking about drama in a family or other close sources only adds stress and anxiety that you don’t need.
General conversation, not treatment
The person you are visiting may want to talk about your treatment. Let them tell you how they are doing. But after they say their song, it’s better to talk about other topics.
Being in any rehabilitation center for a long time can be difficult.
Hospitalized patients often say that they have lost contact with the outside world or lose contact. Talking about current topics will help them break away from what they are going through.
Assure them that everything is in order and give them a general update. It doesn’t matter if you talk about what happened in the last episode of this series you watch on Netflix or about the weather.
Can visitors benefit from rehabilitation?
The rules of rehabilitation visits may vary depending on the facility and the length of stay the patient stays in the facility. The patient and his / her relatives are informed about the rules of visiting the facility before admission.
Patients who are at an early stage of rehabilitation are generally not allowed to receive guests. This does not mean, however, that the patient cannot receive guests throughout the entire stay in a rehabilitation center. Rather, visit restrictions are intended to help patients focus on treatment and encourage interaction with other patients and specialists.