There are a variety of opinions on whether it is a good idea for recovering addicts to stay in touch with the outside world while they are in treatment. This article will explore what’s beneficial and harmful about staying in touch with family and friends while in treatment.
Some addiction treatment centers maintain a strict boundary between their residents and the outside world. They restrict any use of the phone or Internet of anyone participating in their program. The purpose of this, of course, is to keep someone who is in treatment solely focused on their sobriety and recovery. A recovering addict who is still in touch with friends and family might connect with someone who reminds them of their drinking and drug using life. Staying in touch with these contacts only undermines the treatment that is taking place.
At the same time, if there are restrictions to phone or Internet use, then someone in treatment may not be able to call loved ones. And along these lines, a businessman, for example, would not be able to call his business associates or business partners to ensure the success of business. Certainly, there are benefits to being able to have access to the phone and Internet, while at the same time, there are dangers to one’s sobriety.
If you are searching for a residential treatment center, you might find that you find it unreasonable to be completely out of touch with family and friends. At the same time, you might find that this is precisely what you need in order to finally break the habit. You might recognize that your old life was perpetuated by the friends you spent time with. Having a break from them will give you the strength to say no to their invitations to drink or use in the future. Whether or not you are able to stay in touch with friends and family may be a personal issue, and you might need to find a treatment center that meets your needs.
If you find that you’re going to need some connection with friends and family, there’s a good chance you’ll find an addiction treatment center that meets your needs. Those treatment centers that allow this privilege ask that you do not take in your cell phone or other piece of technology into sessions or meal times. You’re able to bring your phone and your laptop to the treatment center throughout your stay but when treatment is taking place and when meals are being served, this time is reserved for you and the other residents.
Other addiction treatment centers might not be as lenient. While they might allow you to have contact, they might restrict phone calls to one or two per week. And these phone calls might be supervised. Internet use might also be restricted to a couple hours per week. The point of the restriction, although it might feel imprisoning, is supposed to be for your own safety.
As mentioned, maintaining contact with family and friends during treatment is a personal choice. There’s a good chance that you’ll be able to find a treatment center that meets your needs and desires.
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