My mom announced to me today that she has decided to get help with her drinking after about 5-10 years of having substance issues. I believe she is going to do a live in facility - can anyone let me know about family week and if as a family member I should take off work for this healing process?

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I wouldn’t do anything yet until you have all the details. And that’s amazing that your mom is seeking help. What you may want to look into, is Al Anon, and Adult Children of Alcoholics.

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Family week will depend on the place. Once she picks where she is going, call and find out but I’m sure once she is there, she will also get more details and pass them along to you if she wants you to come.

If you need to take time off work, take it. There is definitely not a “right answer” for that question.

It will depend on the facility and I’d wait until she settles in and then you’ll find out what the expectation is. Some places do a week or weekend long visit, others do a single day every weekend. Sometimes they’ll have family counseling sessions scheduled during the week. It’s largely dependent on the program structure.

Good luck! You might look into local AlAnon meetings in the meantime... that will give you some sense of what to expect and give you the support that you need (but may not know yet) during the process.

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