Rehab Can Work for People with Kids at Home

young woman drinking alcohol

At Decision Point Center, we are passionate about helping the people in our community find the right path to lasting sobriety, so we do what we can to make our programs widely available and affordable. However, we often hear from parents who are worried that they won’t be able to take time away from their kids at home to attend the in-patient treatment program they need to fight addiction, like a 30-day in-patient program. If you’re feeling like you’re in this same sort of situation, please don’t worry, and please know that you can get the help you need to recover from drug addiction or alcohol use disorder.

We are excited to say that we recently received a testimony from a former patient who successfully completed a 90-day rehab program with us, even though she was initially worried about how that might impact her family life and parental responsibilities. Using her story, we hope to show you how you can get the help you need to gain healthy sobriety without worrying about your children or household while you are away. (If you would like to read her full testimony, we have included it at the end of this blog entry [with minimal edits to correct grammatical errors].)

Rehab as a Busy Mother

In October 2013, our patient – we will call her “Stefany” to preserve confidentiality – knew that she had a “bad habit” of overdrinking and that it was starting to get bad enough for her to first consider in-patient treatment. She wasn’t sure if she could make time to take care of herself, though, because she worked full time and took care of three children, aged 9, 13, and 17. Her husband worked 60 hours a week in an executive role at a large auto dealership, so most of the parental responsibilities fell on Stefany, like after-school activities, doctor appointments, help with homework, and so on.

After admitting that her alcohol abuse was starting to affect her family, Stefany decided to enter a 30-day rehab program. To her surprise, it was less stressful than she expected. Her husband was able to take over the full parental duties with some help from family and friends who were more than happy to lend a hand. The first lesson Stefany learned in this story is that she had more people close by to support her than she first realized.

The second lesson is that recovery from substance addiction is a journey, not necessarily a destination or a cure. Stefany relapsed after the 30-day program, which should never be seen as a failure, only part of the process for some people. It wasn’t until June 2023 that she checked into our 90-day inpatient program at Decision Point Center in Prescott, Arizona.

We are so happy to say that she has called entering our 90-day program “the best decision [she] ever made!” By stepping away temporarily from her job and family responsibilities, she was able to get the tools, resources, and community support she needed to gain sobriety that feels like it should comfortably last and last. As she put it, taking 90 days to heal is just a sliver of time compared to all the hours, days, and years that can be lost or ruined by substance addiction.

Discover Your Path to Sobriety Today

Are you worried that you won’t be able to make the time needed to attend rehab or an addiction treatment program because you have children or work obligations? You are not alone in your worries at all, but your worries are also probably much bigger in your mind than they really are. At Decision Point Center in Arizona, we have helped so many people who thought they had no time to move toward sobriety, only to be surprised by how manageable the right recovery program can be. We would be excited to get the chance to help you make sense of your situation and make time for your recovery, too.

Your health is always worth the time. Call (844) 292-5010 to get started on the first step toward recovery.

Full Testimony from Our Patient

“When I first considered in-patient treatment in Oct 2013, my kids were 9, 13, and 17. I worked full-time at a large bank and took care of at home with the kids. Their after-school activities, doctor appointments, help with homework, etc. My husband was a higher-up at a large auto dealership and worked 60 hours a week. How was I going to go away for 30 days? I was dying inside but I didn’t know that at the time. I thought I had a “bad habit” with my drinking and it was starting to affect my family. I went into the 30-day program and my husband took over things at home with help from family and friends. I’d like to tell you I stayed sober ever since but that is not my story. For me, I had to endure more pain, suffering, and consequences that come with this disease. But in June of 2023, I called Decision Point and checked myself in for 90 days. It was the best decision I ever made! If you, or someone you love, is on the fence whether you can make the sacrifice to step away from your job or family to get the help you need, think about what the ultimate sacrifice is. It’s your disease waiting for you to take your soul; your life, permanently away from you and your family. What’s a 30-, 60-, or 90-day time away to get the help you need? To get the tools, resources, and community you need to get and stay sober one day at a time? To live the life you never thought possible! To see what this life has to offer and what the possibilities can bring!!”

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