Addiction Forum Question

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Aimee P A Wife From FL

Why are we separated from talking and seeing each other for so long?

I am used to talking to my husband multiple times a day every day for the last 25 years. I don’t understand why we have not been able to see each other through 7 days of detox and now another 7 days in rehab. I have only been able to speak with him for a total of 15 minutes in two weeks. It doesn’t make sense to me.
Marlene R My husband applied for rehab and we haven't seen each other for two months, but it feels like eternity. But that was a right choice, I believe. I put the link if someone needs it as well...
Olivia K The first couple of weeks are crucial to help a patient get stabilized physically and mentally which is done best by relying on doctors and professionals to ease into the process. It can be uncomfortable and the temptation to reach out to one's family feels easier than going to one's therapist or the recovery staff. The idea is to get clients used to asking for help from others who can provide the right solutions at this time. Too much phone time with family or friends can cause increased homesickness or thoughts of leaving treatment. This time also provides loved ones space they may need to start their recovery process through attending Al-anon or therapy themselves. Typically the best outcomes occur when each family member takes time to work on themselves and then come together with newfound solutions to move forward as a team.