The idea of going to rehab is associated with various fears and worries, especially in women. Indeed, the stigma related to substance abuse tends to be stronger for women than men. Denial, shame, and fear get in the way of admitting the problem and asking family members or friends for help or consulting a specialist. Other common blocks are included in our infographic.
Perhaps, losing custody of children is the biggest fear for parents willing to receive treatment. And while the risk exists, it will only increase with time along with the escalating substance abuse problem. It is difficult to provide proper care, nurturing, and supervision under alcohol or drug intoxication. Eventually, refusing to enter rehab and start a sober life could lead to Child Protective Services removing your children from your care.
AddictionResourse authors recommend parents opt for family-focused treatment. You can find rehabilitation facilities specifically designed to provide care for mothers with children, pregnant women, and even whole families. A family can stay in rehab or visit it to participate in therapy. Counseling sessions are held for parents, spouses, or children. The sessions may cover important topics including family history, communication skills, and self-care techniques.