If your loved one is in a rehab facility in Florida, you may be torn between hoping that they’re working toward recovery and worried about how they’re doing. You know rehab is right for them, but you miss them in your life. These mixed emotions are natural. You may also be wondering how long you have to wait until you can visit your loved one.
Support and love are key to helping people recover successfully. At the same time, the wrong timing of a visit can be harmful to recovery. Some centers require residents to not have outside contact for the first week or month. If you want to visit your spouse, child, partner or family member while they’re in an inpatient treatment facility, it’s helpful to know the policies of the treatment facility they’re in.
Why It’s Important to Visit Your Loved One in Rehab
The support of family and loved ones is critical to helping people achieve sobriety. You may have felt that you’ve been supportive all along, but being in an inpatient setting changes the dynamics of your interactions. You’re no longer seeing or talking to your loved one every day. You’re no longer directly involved in dealing with their alcoholism or drug addiction. That’s actually a positive thing, as now you can talk with them without the wall of addiction getting between you.
At some centers, you may be asked if you’d like to participate in therapy sessions with your loved one. This can be very helpful for both of you. Family and couples therapy as part of the recovery process will allow you to work on your relationship, which may have been badly damaged by your loved one’s addiction or alcoholism.
- Before you plan your visit, talk with your loved one’s treatment team.
- Know what the visiting days and hours are.
- Ask your treatment team what type of gift you can bring.
- Some inpatient centers set a time, typically the first week, when they don’t want their residents to have visitors.
- If you can’t visit, make sure to phone and send cards or letters.
- Don’t talk about future plans or what will happen once your loved one is out.
- Always stay positive and upbeat.
- Be patient with your loved one, who may be going through an emotionally difficult time.
- Don’t bring up bad family news, old arguments or anything else that might anger or upset your loved one.
When You Shouldn’t Visit
Anyone who used drugs with your loved one in the past should not be allowed to visit them. The reminder of their old life and the temptation to leave the facility will be too great.
If you are currently addicted to drugs or alcohol yourself, the loving thing would be to stay away from your loved one while they are in treatment.
Inpatient Treatment is Right for Your Loved One
Inpatient rehabilitation is the best way to begin the road to recovery. It’s the best chance for your loved one to heal, grow and achieve sobriety. It’s also a time when emotions can run high. Your loved one might feel hopeful for the first time in years. That’s why your encouragement is important.
You can rest assured that your loved one is getting the best treatment possible at our treatment facility. We use a multi-faceted approach designed by doctors, mental health professionals and addiction counselors. Our personalized plans help each addict find their individual road to recovery. As you continue to visit your loved one, you’ll see changes in their attitude and behavior and you’ll learn how to help them stay sober in the future.
We’re Here to Help Both of You
At our Florida treatment center, we understand that addiction touches the lives of an addict’s family and friends. We know what a difficult road you’ve walked with your loved one. We also know that recovery is a realistic goal. With your help, your loved one can create a new life free of drugs and alcohol.
If you need help finding the right Florida treatment center for your loved one, give us a call. We have trained addiction experts standing by 24-7 to answer your questions, so call us at 844-639-8371.