How to Handle Death While You Are in Rehab

How to Handle Death While You Are in Rehab

There is nothing more devastating than finding out that your loved one died while you are admitted into an inpatient facility. From time to time, clients of rehab centers lose a loved one while they are in treatment. It is hard enough trying to get sober with your own troubles. Now you are having to deal with the loss of a loved one as well.
First, know that you are doing a good thing by being in rehab. Second, your loved one would want you to stay in rehab in order to get better. People often wonder if they should attend a funeral while they are trying to get sober. As hard as it is to stay, it is best that you stay in rehab. I know that you are going to miss the funeral, but you can visit the gravesite of your loved one once you have completed your pogrom. If you leave now, you may face a relapse. This will be devastating for your entire family. You may actually put your life on the line. When we are sad and upset, we often make bad choices.
When you first find out that someone has died, it is important to talk with your counselor immediately. If you must attend the funeral, make sure that you have an escort from the treatment center that you are in to go along with you. They will steer you away from temptations that may arise on your journey back home. It is important to explain how you are feeling. If you feel like getting drunk or high, return back to the treatment center again. Most clients are not able to go to a funeral and stay sober because their pain is too intense. They still have not fully learned how to react under pressure. Your old habits tend to kick in.
As hard as it is to accept, you must understand that the person that died loved you as well. Their hope was to see you get better. If you fail now, you will not make them happy or yourself. In fact, you will feel a sense of sadness in your life. Talking about your feelings and telling your counselor how you feel will help you to see that you can cope with this situation.

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