Our expert says:
The separation should not cause "lasting scars", especially if you are loving and caring towards the child, and if it has been properly and calmly explained to her that mom isn't well and is here for treatment, and will be coming home. Depending on how your daughter behaves towards the child when drunk or drugged, the child may be relieved not to have THAT version of mom around.
You don't mention why it was "traumatic" when you had to leave after this last visit - was the child acting awfully upset ? Or the mother ?
And at 5 the child is old enough to have a meaningful conversation with you - ask her how she feels about these events, and listen to her point of view,
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