Addiction and Child Custody

Addiction and child custodyAddiction is a complicated disease that affects the mind and body. Connected physical and psychological characteristics of addiction make it difficult if not impossible to conquer this disease without serious experienced help. Some people find themselves trapped by chemical dependency as a result of previous mistakes, while others did nothing more reckless than filling a legitimate prescription. Regardless of how or why a person finds him or herself with an addiction, unless treated it will tear apart everything valued and loved in life. Work, friendships and even family can be destroyed by this powerful force. Many people struggling with addiction have lost custody of their children because of the disease. Regardless of an intent to do better or stay clean, an addicted parent is a danger to his or her children. The only way to assure you retain or regain custody of your children is to recover psychologically and physically. You may believe that you can get clean and stay clean on your own, but that is unlikely and risky. Courts want to see real change, and top quality rehab is often the only way to make change a reality.

How Addiction Rehabilitation Works

The two main components of addiction, physical and psychological, are distinct from each other but closely intertwined. The possible occurrence of additional underlying psychological conditions can complicate the disease. Addiction recovery requires integrated treatment for all contributing factors. Since each addict has a unique condition, the process isn’t identical for every patient, but certain overarching components are usually included in any rehab program.

Medically supervised detox services allow the drug to leave the body and minimize physical withdrawal symptoms which can be debilitating. Comprehensive psychological addiction rehab is also required and will be customized from an inventory of specialized treatment therapies including the following:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • 12-step programs
  • Spiritual care
  • Introduction of healthy new habits and distractions
  • Ongoing education

Many addicts suffer from underlying psychological conditions such as panic disorders, self-esteem problems, personality disorders, social anxiety or depression. Dual Diagnosis treatment has been developed to identify and treat both the mental health concern and the addiction. When treated separately patients tend to bounce from condition to condition, so the most effective programs combine the whole process under one fully integrated approach.

Why Qualified Rehabilitation Is Important for Parents

The highest likelihood of long-term recovery comes through specialized treatment and rehab care. Rehab also provides parents with accountability. Knowing that supportive friends, family and professionals are watching you, believing in your recovery and encouraging you makes all the difference. The credibility rehab programs offer assures courts of your commitment and compliance. Ongoing support in the form of counselor meetings, support groups and personal accountability will help you stay clean for a long time – hopefully for the rest of your life.

Get Clean for Yourself and Your Children

If drug or alcohol use is threatening your custody of your children, call our helpline today. We have vast experience in this area and can answer any of your questions in complete confidentiality. We can help you find the best treatment program for you and even help you get signed up. We can also confirm insurance coverage for treatment costs. You owe it to yourself and your children to rediscover life free from addiction. Don’t wait another day. We are here 24 hours a day, so please call now.