Having a child in residential treatment, no matter if you are living across the country or in the same town is very difficult for everyone that is involved. The focus in a treatment center is mainly on the child that is in treatment and it seems that the parents often feel left out or lost at times. I know that parents usually want to be as involved as possible with their child and their treatment. This can be very difficult depending on the individual’s and the family’s past and current circumstances.
Feelings of worry, loneness, depression, anxiety, etc. can often creep in and affect you as a parent when your child is away from home. These are pretty common and normal feelings that individuals have. With a child that has struggled for some time, there is a myriad of emotions that can be felt.