Can I get visitors in rehab?


We believe an important part of successful recovery is a strong support system including family members and friends. To that end, we also believe it is important for our clients to receive visitors during a residential stay. You can have visitors for up to two hours on Sundays, but only after you have completed your first week of detox.

Visitors in rehab are not allowed during the first week because of the nature of the detox process. During that first week, recovering addicts need to be separated from distraction and medically monitored to ensure successful and safe detox. It would be both impractical and counterproductive to allow visitors during this first week.

After the first week, we allow visitors for up to two hours on Sundays. This might sound restrictive, but there are good reasons for operating this way. Remember that private rehab clinics are designed to separate recovering addicts from those circumstances that might hinder recovery. By limiting visitors to just two hours per week, we are keeping distractions to a minimum while still providing for the support of family members and friends.

A second thing to consider in limiting visitors is something known as enabling behaviour. What is enabling behaviour? It is the actions and attitudes of family members and friends that, rather than encouraging the addict to change his or her ways, actually encourage them to continue doing what they are doing. Family members and friends who enable addicts do not do so intentionally, but enabling behaviour must still be limited nonetheless.

Spending Time with Visitors in Rehab

While your visitors are with you at the rehab facility, you will be free to enjoy the grounds as you see fit. Some families like to sit in the larger meeting rooms and just talk; others like to walk around the grounds or enjoy some exercise activity together. However you choose to use that time, we encourage clients to make the most of it. It is a time to build relationships and begin the process of family healing.

You should know that if visitors in rehab end up disrupting your treatment or the treatment of other clients, clinic staff might have to restrict their future access. We are not expecting that to happen, but you need to know just the same.

If you have any further questions about receiving visitors while in rehab, do not be afraid to call and speak to one of our counsellors. We are always here to answer your questions. If you are not sure whether you are in need of help for a drug or alcohol problem, we want to speak with you as well. Please contact us by telephone or e-mail as soon as you can. One contact is all it takes to get the answers you are looking for.