Checking into a PA treatment center is one of the hardest and most rewarding steps a person can take. You shouldn’t have to battle addiction alone. But choosing the best treatment center for you can seem overwhelming, especially if you’ve never been to one before. Misconceptions and fears about treatment abound in the media. It’s natural to have questions and anxieties about the quality of your treatment.
Will a treatment center allow visitation?
Most treatment and rehabilitation centers will allow clients to visit with their friends and family members. This allows you to maintain contact with an external emotional support network while going through their treatment process. Isolation is rarely beneficial; instead, treatment centers strive to provide opportunities for interpersonal growth in your relationships.
In many treatment programs, visitation is even a component of the treatment itself. Addiction affects everyone in your life, and it’s important to address your health in an open and caring environment. This helps you prepare for your transition from treatment center to normal day-to-day life. Visits are designed to give you and your family the tools you need to continue making healthy choices after you complete your treatment program.
Different Policies for Treatment Centers
The exact policies and structures of visits will range depending on both the treatment center and your personal situation. You’ll be given autonomy regarding who you choose to see or not see. Generally the length, frequency, and time of day that the visits occur is determined by the treatment center and your mental health professionals.
Though the nebulousness of this answer may provoke anxiety, the most important thing to remember is this: Treatment centers are not designed to harm you. The goal of treatment is to give you the tools you need to live without your addiction. Though the process can be painful at times, treatment is ultimately designed to give you a healthy and safe environment to explore that pain. If visits from loved ones are important to your mental health, there’s no reason for a treatment center to refuse them.
You can discuss your concerns about visitation with your doctors. They’ll be able to understand everything from people you would like to see to people you are extremely worried about seeing. From there, they can work with you and with the center’s policies to lay out a visitation plan that works for you.
The Healing Power of Visiting
Addiction doesn’t exist in a vacuum. A big part of recovery is learning what your environmental triggers are, and further learning coping mechanisms to deal with those triggers. Another big part of recovery is taking responsibility for any pain you’ve caused and then moving forward to begin the healing process.
Because of this, most treatment centers not only allow visitation, but they openly support and encourage it. It wouldn’t make sense to isolate you entirely from your home life; that would leave both you and your loved ones vastly unprepared for the adjustment of post-treatment life.
Visits should be a positive experience for all involved parties. If you’re concerned that certain visitors would be negative for you, you can discuss that with your doctors. Having loved ones visit is meant to promote emotional health, encourage healing, and give you the positive reinforcement you need to continue the treatment process. You’re taking steps to heal, and you deserve to experience all the love and support possible while you do.
Family Therapy and Support
Many treatment centers go farther than casual visits: They will create customized plans for family therapy as well as individual therapy for your loved ones. Individual therapy services are hugely beneficial not just to you as a recovering addict, but also to loved ones who may need help with processing their own emotions.
During family therapy, you and your loved ones will be able to talk and heal with professional guidance. You’ll learn the skills you need to create a healthy familial structure and take the first steps toward hearing. In these sessions you’ll generally resolve conflicts, affirm support, set healthy boundaries, and learn to relate more positively to each other. These sessions will also often bring up environmental triggers and help you and your support network to learn how to minimize and navigate them.
Given the option, family therapy has been shown to strengthen a person’s recovery process. Addiction is an illness. Just as you wouldn’t be expected to suffer a physical illness alone, you shouldn’t battle your addiction alone. Sometimes bringing loved ones into the treatment process can be daunting, especially when that means confronting painful things. But there’s no better environment to do so than in a supportive and controlled treatment center, where you can see people on your own terms.
Visiting Someone in a Treatment Center
If your loved one is in a PA treatment center, you may be unsure what to expect when you go visit. The most important thing you can do is to provide them a positive, loving presence. Any pain that they’ve caused may still be on your mind, but casual visits are not the time for confrontation. They’re a time for positivity and for love. Shame, guilt, anger, and fear are all things that can harm your loved one’s recovery. They’ve taken the steps to healing, and it’s vitally important that you walk with them.
That said, you can and should get the chance to work through your pain in family therapy. These sessions, led by professionals and given positive healing end goals, are also important to recovery. Just remember that your casual visits should be intended to support and encourage, not to criticize or confront. If you feel that you’re not yet in a mental place where you can be supportive, it may be ideal to postpone a visit until you feel you can more healthily engage.
If you or someone close to you is struggling with an addiction, our counselors are available twenty-four hours a day. Call 888-380-0342 to learn more about how to move toward recovery today.