If you live locally or are planning to visit, you have the option of taking your loved one on a day or overnight pass. All requests for passes must be turned in the week before, and are evaluated individually by the client’s treatment team. The treatment team will consider if it is in the client’s best interest to go on a pass, and who they are going on the pass with, before it is approved.
In many cases, taking your loved one on a pass can be a positive experience. This could be a good time for you to spend some alone time, face to face, to see the changes that are taking place in your loved one, and to begin to heal and mend your relationship. Our clients look forward to going on passes with their loved ones.
Passes are also like tests: when our clients go on passes, it is a way for them to gauge how and if they were triggered. It is a chance to see if they thought about drinking or using while on a pass. If our clients tell us that they are triggered while they were out, then we can discuss what other coping skills they may need to master before they graduate treatment.