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What are the insecurities that a family faces when they have to decide to admit a loved one to a rehabilitation centre?

Families are usually reluctant when faced with the decision of admitting a loved one (the addict in question) to a drug rehabilitation centre or an alcohol rehabilitation centre? Some of the insecurities faced by them are cited below.

 1. Will Rehabilitation work for their loved one or will  it further complicate the situation?
The family must realize that without rehabilitation, their loved has no chance of overcoming the affliction. This affliction will keep putting the addict into worse situations in life and that he/she will degrade to the point of no return and may land up in jail, a mental asylum, critically hospitalized or even dead  .  World wide statistics show that admitting the addict to a rehabilitation centre increases the chances of the addict getting rid of his/her addiction up to 50%.

Therefore, the family should realize that if they ant to save their loved one admitting the addict to a rehabilitation centre is the rightest possible decision thy can make.

2. What about the expenses required for rehabilitation?  Will it turn out to be costly? 
Although the rehabilitation will require expenses, the family needs to compare these expenses to what they will eventually face as the addicts affliction grows. The addict usually will turn to cheating and stealing not only from others, but the family also. This will eventually lead to huge, disastrous financial losses. Apart from the direct financial losses the family faces other dangers like social effects and even domestic violence and legal and hospitalization issues.

Therefore, it is far better to bear up with the cost of rehabilitation than risk such situations.

3. Will the loved one hold resentment against them for admitting him/her to a rehabilitation centre?
It is true that the addict will hold some resentment in the initial stages. He/she will feel entrapped and cheated because he/she would either underestimate the damage that is being caused or is under the impression that he/she will be able to stop/control addiction without help from a deaddiction and rehabilitation centreBut, that is a fallacy and the patient only thinks so because initially he/she is in a denial mode.

However, with time and help from the counselors and family meetings at the rehabilitation centre, these issues will be sorted out and the patient will eventually feel happy and grateful that his/her family took the right decision for the better.

4. How would the family deal with the emotional outburst when in the process of admitting the patient to a deaddiction and rehabilitation centre?
The family has to understand that an addict usually resorts to outbursts when denied something. That is the way an addict finds to emotionally blackmail into having his/her own way. It is important for the family to be organized and emotionally strong during the process of admission to a deaddiction and rehabilitation center.

5. How will they manage without the presence of the person concerned? How will the patient in turn manage without the family?
Time is a great healer. With time, the family will realize that they are in a better situation to deal with day to day issues and other important matters of greater urgency without having to deal with everyday quarrels, em-puzzlement, anger and embarrassment that they faced when the patient was at home and in active addiction.

The patient on the other hand, will form a peer group to share his/her feelings at the deaddiction and rehabilitation centre. With their help and the guidance of the counselors, the patient will develop survival skills for living independently without resorting to drugs or alcohol and also function as an independent individual and take care of himself/herself. 

Also, remember that the family is in constant touch either through the counselors or the telephone  or visits. So really, there is nothing to worry at this end.

6. How long will the rehabilitation process take?
The drug or alcohol deaddiction and rehabilitation process typically takes up from 3 to 6 months. But this period is variable. A patient may recover sooner if the patient is open-minded and willing and the family is supportive. In extreme cases, the period may take much longer... possibly a year or a more.

7. What about the social embarrassment when neighbors, colleagues and relatives know that you dear one has been admitted to a rehabilitation centre?
Usually the society at large is already aware of the problems caused by the addict long before the family takes a decision to admit a dear one to a deaddiction and rehabilitation centre. Its just that they do not openly suggest the same to the family in order not to hurt their sentiments. The family is usually surprised at the help and support offered by the society because they to wish that the addict gets the necessary help to fight the addictive behavioral pattern. They will also be pleasantly surprised at the warm welcome that these people will give to the person in question once the rehabilitation process is complete. Over time, these will be forgotten and forgiven issues of the past.




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