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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to tell my dad i'm mad at him or am i supposed to be gentle & loving when i see him at rehab?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
It's about your dad: It is ok to be angry and upset when a loved one is in rehab; these are normal feelings. However, the "feelings" and "opinions" of family and friends are not as important right now. The focus should be on the one in rehab. Best to be as supportive as possible now and express your feelings at another time, when it may be more appropriate.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
Depends: If your motivation to share your feelings is to initiate a healing process, they may be best expressed in an environment where your father has support. Nevertheless, its his therapist who should be the final arbiter on exactly what gets said.

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Last updated Mar 26, 2013

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