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Visiting a Loved One in Rehab: What Helps and What Hurts

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Rehabilitation refers to a medical or psychotherapy treatment for individuals suffering from alcohol addiction, addiction to prescription medicines, or other substances (e.g., heroin, cocaine, or cannabis). The emotional, physical, and mental challenges your loved one will face during this journey are at an all-time high, so finding ways to support and encourage your loved one is critical to their success.

However, your loved one might act like they are well or don’t care about what people say. The reality is different. The rehabilitation process is not easy, and people undergo a lot of pain during this process. 

There is a need to have a sensitive approach towards your loved one going through rehab. Your loved one will require assistance, delivered in the most effective way possible. Therefore, it is essential to understand what helps and hurts your loved one going through rehab. 

What to Avoid Doing When Visiting a Loved One in Treatment?  

During this time, your loved one can become sensitive and even susceptible to negative thoughts, which hinder their ability to maintain sobriety. It is important to avoid doing or saying things that might negatively affect the mental health of your loved one, such as bringing up the past and how they may have hurt themselves or others. 

Here are some examples of what not to do when visiting a loved one in treatment:

 #1. Don’t Talk About Money or the Future

Anything that creates anxiety or depression in the life of people struggling with addiction is dangerous. Therefore, you will want to avoid topics surrounding work, home, or financial responsibilities. Bringing these issues to their attention can overwhelm your loved one and create feelings of hopelessness. 

#2. Don’t Bring Up Any Past Drama

Detoxing and fighting cravings are challenging enough. Adding the stress of past disputes to the mix will not help the situation. The treatment stage is about support, not reprimand. You may discuss these issues when your loved one is stable enough to do so. 

#3. Don’t Say Anything Sarcastic

Rehab is about helping your loved one attain sobriety. During this process, your loved one can become very sensitive to the things people say, especially family or friends. Making fun of them, making light of their addiction, or using sarcastic or crass remarks can deconstruct the healing process.

What to Do When Visiting a Loved One in Treatment?

You can play a significant role in determining the motivation a loved one has during rehab. Lending encouragement and focusing on your loved one’s progress will increase the ability to overcome addiction

Here are some things you can do when visiting a loved one during their time in rehab:

#1. Spend Time With Them

Spending time with a loved one in rehab is a terrific way to help them understand that they have love and support. The time shared with them can ultimately lead to their desire to get on the road to recovery. 

Taking the time to visit them will motivate them to continue working toward recovery and cultivate a positive outlook about their overall experience in rehab. Even something as simple as calling your loved one can create a positive impact on the treatment process.

#2. Praise Them for Their Courage

Affirming a loved one for all their good decisions and dedication gives them the courage to go the extra mile to withdraw from their addiction. On the contrary, failing to show appreciation and support for all their hard work might cause them to lose their motivation. In turn, a lack of support might cause them to fall back to similar habits that support their addiction.

Therefore, appreciation and affirmation are very important for the overall progress of your loved one in treatment.

#3. Communicate Regularly With the Medical Staff

Getting to know the staff at the facility will help support communication and education concerning your loved one and their addiction. It will also help maintain your involvement in the process. Therefore, you can take a more proactive approach when your loved one completes their treatment. 

It is essential when establishing a relationship to make sure to ask any questions you have surrounding their treatment and comfort. You will also benefit from keeping track of their daily schedule, progress, and discharge date.

#4. Talk About Good Memories and an Optimistic Future 

Rehabilitation is a challenging process. Your loved one may struggle and show doubt at times. It is essential to lend comfort and reassurance, and you can accomplish this through having conversations that involve good memories and a positive outlook. Conversations about pursuing a goal such as going back to school or embarking on a new journey can bring a loved one in rehab ease and even enthusiasm. Further, Talking about funny moments and memories promotes happiness and will help your loved one live in a positive state of mind. 

Overcoming addiction requires professional support and family encouragement. Such support works as a combined force to help the treatment process and promote a healthy, drug-free recovery. At Clearfork Academy, we understand that helping a loved one through rehabilitation requires careful attention to ensure that your loved one does not encounter situations that lead to anxiety or anger. We provide therapies and treatments for both families and their loved ones to aid them during rehab. Our primary goal is to help your loved ones establish the foundational elements necessary for managing triggering situations while in recovery. Therefore, it is crucial to treat your loved ones affectionately and acknowledge their progress. Appreciating their efforts will significantly change their approach, outlook, and motivation needed to sustain sobriety. If your family member needs professional assistance during treatment or recovery, then the time to seek help is now. To learn more, call Clearfork Academy today at (888) 966-8604.

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The Top 5 Reasons Therapists Are Choosing Clearfork Academy



Your clients turn to you for guidance when they need substance abuse and/or mental health treatment. They ask you where to go, and who can help them and their family. We know you only want to refer your clients to treatment facilities you can genuinely trust. You want a place that’s equipped and qualified to handle each specific issue and diagnosis that your client is facing. 


If you’re looking for the best treatment facility to collaborate with, we are here to help! At Clearfork Academy, we offer gender-specific, faith-based, treatment for boys ages 13-18. We’ve successfully helped thousands of teen boys find a new path and create a new legacy.


Here are the top five reasons we are the #1 choice for many therapists:

1. Our Services

  • Residential Treatment
    Unlike others that only offer a 28-day treatment option, our program is a full 13 weeks long. We use that time to help our patients focus on their recovery, learn life skills, and learn how to lead a better life.
  • Medical Detox
    As patients begin to clear their body of substances, our medical staff customizes and oversees their care. The health and safety of our boys is always a top priority.

2. Qualified Staff

  • Master Level Clinicians
    At Clearfork Academy, we are well-equipped to treat multiple mental health diagnoses. Our masters level licensed therapists meet individually with each patient. They work to help these boys understand the underlying causes of their addiction, and find lasting change.
  • On-Site Nurses
    The health of our patients is of the utmost importance. For that reason, there is a nurse on-site 24-7. Our nurses oversee the detox process, and treat any other health concerns as needed.

3. Family Care

  • Family Therapy
    At Clearfork Academy, we have a full-time family therapist on staff. Substance abuse and mental health treatment is a family issue, so we care for the entire family. Additionally, the support of family plays a huge role in the success of many teens in treatment.
  • Family Support Groups
    Our family support group meets every Tuesday. It is our goal to be engaged with the families of our patients, and to stay engaged with them. This support group is for the families of current patients, and for the families of our alumni. We are here for the families of these boys for as long as they need us!

4. Treatment Modalities

At Clearfork Academy, we utilize a variety treatment modalities based on the patient and their specific needs. Through these different therapy options, we are able to successfully treat multiple diagnoses, including trauma and depression.

5. Aftercare

  • A Plan For Success
    On the first day of treatment, our team begins working on an aftercare plan for each patient. When boys leave our facility, we want them to be well-equipped to continue their recovery journey.
  • Alumni Team
    From the moment of admission, our patients become a part of the Clearfork family. We love inviting our alumni back to share their stories of hope with current patients. Our team is always available to assist with resources, guidance and recognition of important benchmarks no matter how long it’s been since graduation.


Over the years we have built relationships with many therapists. Our relationships are built on trust. When a therapist refers one of their clients to Clearfork Academy, they are able to rest assured with 100% confidence that their client and family are receiving the best treatment available. 


“My experience referring young men to Clearfork Academy has been positive. From the admissions process to returning to me for aftercare, I felt informed and engaged. More importantly, their active, intentional, & therapeutic approach helps teens work toward healing and living a life in recovery.” – Cristal Clark, LPC-S


If you’d like to learn more about the treatments available at Clearfork Academy, the first step is to connect with us and schedule a lunch or campus tour. Please give Missy a call at (214) 592-7012, email, or visit our website at


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Why Is Gender-Specific Treatment Best For My Son?


At this point, you’ve either already decided that your son needs treatment, or you are very seriously considering it. Either way, you’re at a fork in the road and doing your best to research and collect information. You’ve found yourself on this blog because your son is struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. You want the very best treatment for him, and so do we! 

When it comes to selecting a treatment center, there are tons of factors to consider. We believe that finding a gender-specific treatment center is absolutely critical to your son’s recovery.

Let’s face it, teenagers are easily distracted by the opposite sex. Gender-specific treatment allows our ‘boys to be boys’ without the distractions that can arise from co-mingling. Our goal is to create a safe environment and eliminate distractions so that your son is able to truly heal and recover. As a parent, you can expect the best results for your child in a gender-specific treatment program. Here’s why:



Teenage relationships with the opposite sex often create a sense of insecurity. In a treatment environment, we want to create as much safety and security as possible. When kids feel safe, they begin to open up about the emotional things that they might not usually discuss. That openness is such an important part of the recovery process.



When we remove the emotional ups and downs of teenage relationships, we can provide a more stable environment. That stability gives teens a chance to focus on their health and recovery.  



At Clearfork Academy, we treat teenage boys ages 13-18. We remove the distraction of the opposite sex, and focus on the specific needs these boys have. They’re able to bond with their peers and our staff in a unique way because of the gender-specific environment. This leads to better outcomes and better long term results.


Consistency throughout the course of treatment gives us that gender specific autonomous focus on our boys each and every day.” – Austin Davis, LPC-S, Founder/CEO


If your son needs help, we would be happy to provide the safe and stable treatment environment he needs. Call to speak with our clinical admissions specialists at 888-966-8604, or visit our website at for more information.


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A message from our Founder/CEO, Austin Davis LPC-S