Ever since Kae went into rehab there has been an enormous lack of communication. Today we had our first normal conversation in almost a month – it made me cry!
She began to tell me about the withdrawal symptoms she is experiencing a few weeks after beginning her detox. This is normal, it can last for weeks or months. Her experience has been sleeplessness, night sweats, bizarre dreams and just not feeling great. Luckily she’s only experienced this for the last couple of days.
She is about to finish her stint in rehab. Will they address this? Will she have a helpline in case of severe withdrawal symptoms now? As her mom of course these are concerns for me. If I lived close I would be getting education from the center she chose and would be able to be with her. She was planning on finding a counselor and confirming that this is normal and asking for advice on dealing with it. I am trusting that the rehab center will absolutely address this issue and send her off with the ammunition she needs going forward.
Of course they will!
Our conversation was normal today – after the first week when she was allowed to call me she seemed like herself – sober on the first phone call. She told me a little about the facility, the other addicts and her counselor. Since then our conversations have seemed stiff and forced and obligatory. This is not normal. Today it was.
I feel hopeful that this will continue!