How to Talk to Your Family About Your Inpatient Rehab Choice
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is difficult to understand an addiction when you are not suffering from one yourself. This means that when you are talking to your family or close friends about treatment it is difficult for them to understand your treatment decisions, particularly when it comes it inpatient care. Since inpatient, care is one of the more invasive forms of drug treatment.
Conversation about Your Addiction
Any conversation about addiction treatment has to start with a conversation about your addiction. Some of your family members might not know about your issues or if they do they know only the bare minimum or what they’ve guessed.
When you are having a frank discussion about your addiction, it is time to make clear:
- What you are addicted to.
- Why you suffer from that particular addition if you know.
- How you wound up with the addiction.
- Answer any questions that they might have.
Unfortunately, some people might want to yell, blame themselves, blame you, or place blame elsewhere. It is important to remain calm during these discussions.
It might be helpful to have a counselor or other trained individual as a mediator at this point. Most of the time it will not be needed unless you suspect your family is going to react badly to your decision.
Explaining Why Inpatient is Best for You
It is helpful to come up with a list as to why inpatient treatment is right for you. This list might contain things like:
- Being away from your home environment.
- Getting away from those who helped you to use.
- Taking away your ease of access when t comes to the addiction.
- Making sure that your family understands that you need the intensity and structure of inpatient counseling.
- Four-wall therapy.
- The ability to obtain medication related to other symptoms and possibly replacement medication.
- The need to have a home, and your needs taken care of while you are in treatment.
- The need for treatments only available in an inpatient setting.
You might have many reasons of your own as to why inpatient therapy will benefit you. Make sure that they are known to your family and loved ones.
Heading off Questions about Cost
The next thing most people worry about when it comes to inpatient treatment is the cost of such treatment. Although it is not inexpensive, it is affordable. Do some research into your insurance plan, many insurances now cover inpatient treatment for drug addiction. Check into government programs that are in your area. There are state and federal programs that can help you defray the cost of inpatient rehabilitative treatment. Many rehabs themselves have sliding scale and help with the cost of their treatment. Knowing these options in advance is helpful when you speak to your family.
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