5 Appealing Rehab Features for Single Parents

These rehab options are some of the most appealing among single parents.

These rehab options are some of the most appealing among single parents.

Rehab Helps Thousands of Addicts Quit. It Can Help You, Too.

Addiction is an emotionally, psychologically and physically demanding hurdle to conquer. The sacrifices required to enter – and successfully complete – rehabilitation can be a complicated matter, particularly when children are involved.

For single parents, signing into a rehab facility can sometimes seem an impossible feat. Financially, the treatment is expensive. Socially, single parents can often run the risk having their children placed in foster care. And as if that’s not enough, there’s the lingering question of who will assume responsibility for the kids over an extended period of time? These are all valid concerns and highlight the stark reality of single mothers and fathers currently struggling with addiction.

Today there are a number of facilities and programs that specifically cater to families in need – including single parents. Let’s take a look at some available rehab features that are particularly helpful for these parents:

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

For single parents, recognizing their substance abuse and taking the steps toward recovery is only half the battle. The most known program used in rehabs is the 12-step program, which specifically tackles detox and a plan for abstaining from drugs or alcohol. However, the program does not address mental health issues.

Rehab facilities that cater to single parents may offer dual diagnosis treatment as an alternative to the 12-step program. Due to the stresses of single parenting, substance abuse begins as the result of a mental health issue, such as, commonly, depression.

Residential Programs

A major reason that many single mothers and fathers procrastinate about going to rehab is because they’re unable to find a family member or trusted friend to act as guardian. Or they fear their rehab stay will land their children in foster care.

Depending on the rehab facility, particularly for single mothers or pregnant women, there are programs that have residential programs. These programs often allow mothers to bring up to two children to stay with them in rehab.

Alternative Therapies

Along with dual diagnosis and substance abuse treatment, facilities may offer alternative therapies that recovering addicts can continue to practice throughout their life. Practices such as yoga and meditation are examples of alternative therapy that can be used to tackle cravings, relapse triggers, and stress.

Parent Coaching

Parent coaching is offered during addiction recovery in order to address the emotional strain between parent and child. During the course of addiction, children may have encountered abuse and neglect. Parent coaching allows the parent to acknowledge and take responsibility in order to begin repairing the damage done. Parents learn new life-long skills in order to effectively communicate with their children.

Aftercare

The mind and body have survived detox. The 70-day stay is over: Now what? How does a recovering single parent adjust back into being the head of household? Many feel that once rehab is over, you’re on your own; however, having an aftercare plan is crucial for relapse prevention.

A number of recovery centers offer aftercare programs to help those maintain sobriety throughout the rest of their lives. Those who have completed rehab have access to aftercare support such as relapse prevention groups, transitional housing, and individual counseling sessions.



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  • johnctoliver

    Having children should be reason enough to abstain from drug use post treatment. Most family members are completely understanding and willing to take care of children whose parents need help. You do bring up a good point in that many treatment centers don’t allow children. http://www.greatoaksrecovery.com

    • Jamie Jones

      And you seem to not understand addiction first off, nor the guilt of involvement of children. “Having children should be enough.” Guessing you’re not an addict or never have been. Biggest blessing on earth but being human we make big mistakes. Looking here for advice and seeing your post was counter productive and judgemental ignorance. Who edits this? Annoyed completely

      • Broken hearted

        I am one who does not understand addiction, I am caring for a grandchild temporally until we figure this out. Where does one go for help that does not understand addiction? I was a single mom for 10 years, busted my butte for my kids,.now I have a daughter in trouble because of drugs. I’m just emotionally drained, confused, angry, and sad.

        • Rochelle Farina

          If she’s in treatment inpatient or outpatient she would have a counselor and you can contact them many of places the counselors provide sessions with a parent and patient for an education kinda thing to help this like yourself to understand what addiction is. You can also look up local AA and NA meetings go to one and share why you are there that your seeking understanding there will be resources there

        • Mandy Owensby

          I recommend trying Al-Anon for yourself, and working with a counselor. Caregiving can be very exhausting, and when people deal with loved ones who have addiction, over time, it can be easy to develop negative coping habits and feel the effects of stress through anger, exhaustion, etc. It’s like putting on your own oxygen mask on a plane. You have to make sure you’re ok in order to be a supportive person for you grandchild and your daughter. All the things you’re feeling are normal, they are just signs telling you that you need to take care of yourself.

          • Chelsie Mason

            Mandy-
            I am looking for an inpatient dual diagnosis treatment facility in or around Oregon. I have an 8 year old daughter, and she would be coming with me. I have been calling around for 2 weeks now with no success. This is super frustrating and our situation is in desperate need of help. Like now! If you could please send me any information you may have that could help me get my life back I would greatly appreciate it. I don’t know if you need contact info or if you can respond directly thru this site………..

  • NIKI

    I’ve seen a single parent fall victim to substance abuse. The entire process of addiction is crazy, it takes over you, you aren’t in charge anymore. It’s painful yes, but it’s sadder to think about the kids who feel orphaned throughout. But I guess that’s where life tests you. You need to take charge and for once change roles with your parent and they become your children. You need to be their comfort, and yes it requires lots and lots of time to just be with them. Let them be, don’t constantly nag them. Be friendly and keep them so busy that they aren’t occupied by thoughts of going back to their basic “substance”. And yes, it’s even better if you manage to get them involved in groups, discussions and help them encounter people who have been through the same hard stuff as they.

  • Sometimessexy

    I have someone I trust to watch my children. But I have to work to pay the bills. I know I definitely need at least a 30 day in patients stay to break theeven routine of my bad daily habits. I’ve been thinking get about this for years but am stuck in a bad place is there any hello out there for someone like me.

    • Mandy Owensby

      Hi there,

      Did you ever find a program to address your needs? Just curious. I am a single mother who has almost 5 years sober, and it was really challenging for me to find treatment initially. Hope you’re well. I am doing a research project and have a list of treatment centers that allow mothers to bring their children. Message me if you need this list. Best.

      • Serina NoLove

        Hi can i please getthe list.

        • Mandy Owensby

          What area of the country are you in? I have some west coast and east coast ideas for you, and there are a few in the midwest as well. Let me know what is going to be closest to you.

          • Harley Baker

            im in ashland Oregon and have a 16 month old. I need to detox and get treatment but we are homeless. Please help

            • http://mylifeas3d.blogspot.com/ DeanDD

              Harley… The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a “Treatment Locator” that can help with this kind of stuff. It will show you places in your area and tell you if they offer low-cost/no-cost treatment. I did a search for “Ashland, OR” and the results are at the link below. I hope this might help you. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
              link to findtreatment.samhsa.gov

            • Mandy Owensby

              On Track has a mother and infant program. Try them first, since they are closest to you: 541-772-1777

            • Mandy Owensby

              If you are still looking for treatment centers, and are willing to travel a little- New Directions in California is a great program on the West Coast.

            • Mandy Owensby

              If you are still looking for treatment centers, and are willing to travel a little- New Directions in California is a great program on the West Coast.

          • Jennifer Smith

            I need the list, I am in AR. jennirachelle1@gmail

            • Mandy Owensby

              Try the Arkansas CARES program in Little Rock.

            • Mandy Owensby

              Try the Arkansas CARES program in Little Rock.

      • Serina NoLove

        ??

      • McKenna Carpenter

        hello can you please send me the list of rehabs for mothers with children….impressionista8@gmail.com

      • Peggy

        I would like a list pop the rehabs where you can bring your child with you you can email me at PilotOak peg@yahoo.com I have a 19 year old daughter that has a two-year-old son that really needs help I live in Kentucky

      • Lori reed

        I would need this list please for my daughter. Not only does she have the addiction, but also no insurance, no liscense. She does have Medicaid. Her son is 10 and always gets left with me and my husband. Any info would help. We are in Florida. Thank you,
        lreed231@yahoo.com

        • Mandy Owensby

          There is a non profit treatment center in Pembroke Pines, FL, called the Susan B Anthony Recovery Center. They will likely have Medicaid or scholarship options.

        • Mandy Owensby

          There is a non profit treatment center in Pembroke Pines, FL, called the Susan B Anthony Recovery Center. They will likely have Medicaid or scholarship options.

      • Shawn-Tirah Cabrera

        Looking for immediate Care, my have the list. 24 e a seven month old baby
        Cabrerashawntirah@gmail.com
        Pinellas county FL

        • Brittneyy Lee

          Safe families in JC TN.. her name is Audra morrow

      • Yesenia Luna Hernandez

        I would like the list. Email me at yessywwe@gmail.com

      • Maribel Burgos

        Where are they located

      • Maribel Burgos

        can you email the information please Maribelvr170@yahoo.com

    • Maria Travis

      Yes im in texas i have a 3 month old baby i need her with me. Please give me the info

    • Brittneyy Lee

      Safe families for children.. Bethany Christian services

  • Mandy Owensby

    Amber, email me your general area and I will send you a list of the nearest facilities offering treatment for mothers and children. mandylowensby@gmail.com. Glad my research can be useful.

    • Mtheresa7730

      Hi Mandy,
      I am also interested in any information addressing the same issue. I am on the east coast and looking for treatment as well as a single parent.

      • Mandy Owensby

        On the East Coast, the two programs I would recommend are Phoenix House women’s program in Dorchester, MA or the UNC Horizons program in Chapel, Hill, North Carolina. Both are on university medical campuses and take Medicaid, Private Insurance or private pay.

      • Mandy Owensby

        On the East Coast, the two programs I would recommend are Phoenix House women’s program in Dorchester, MA or the UNC Horizons program in Chapel, Hill, North Carolina. Both are on university medical campuses and take Medicaid, Private Insurance or private pay.

  • http://mylifeas3d.blogspot.com/ DeanDD

    Danielle… I suggest trying the treatment services locator on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) website. Here’s the link:

    link to findtreatment.samhsa.gov

    You can filter the search results to help you zero in on the type of facility you need.

  • Brittneyy Lee

    Hope house.. kp TN

    Safe families JC TN

    Families free Washington County TN