My husband admitted himself into a 30 day rehab for alcohol addiction 3 days ago after his 4th relapse. It all happened very fast and there wasn’t really time for him to call anyone. He asked me to call his employer/best friend, and my family knows since they were there when I found out he was admitting himself. I’ve told his brother, who is familiar with his addiction, who lives across the country. I’m debating whether to tell his father who’s struggling with his own health issues and depression, who also lives across the country. I’m also debating whether to tell his cousin, who also happens to be my best friend (and is familiar with his addiction), BUT there’s a possibility that she might tell the entirety of his mom’s side of the family (his mom passed away 14 years ago)…and do they really need to know he’s in rehab? I just don’t know who should know…my parents think I shouldn’t tell anyone else for fear it could get around to outside circles. Is rehab really shameful thing? What’s the worst thing that could happen if an extended family member found out?
Any suggestions are helpful. Getting through this one day at a time.