Summertime can be the best time for some people to head to treatment. In many places in the country, business slows down during the months of June, July, and August. Also, if you are in school or have kids that are in school, it may be easier to get away without disrupting your life. Here are some reasons that you should consider going to rehab for the summer:
1. Going to rehab for the summer can save your life:
It is no secret that many addicts and alcoholics are hovering on the brink of death due to their disease. Treatment can literally save your life. But it goes beyond that-in some cases, it is not the drugs and alcohol that can kill you, but the lifestyle you are living. When under the influence of drugs and alcohol, we engage in risky behaviors and compromise our health in both direct and indirect ways. Going to rehab for the summer can save your life because your addiction can get much worse in summer time. There are many more reasons to drink and drug in summer. If you are in college, you no longer have to go to class in summertime, so your substance abuse can get much worse. In the summer, there may be more events (parties, barbeques, sports games) that revolve around alcohol. This can be risky for people prone to substance abuse.
2. Going to rehab for the summer can give you a new network of positive people in your life
Most people are far more social during the summer months than they are the rest of the year. The weather is nice, and you are able to get out of the house more. This can be dangerous, however, if the people you are around are encouraging and enabling your substance abuse. Going to rehab for the summer allows you to meet a whole new group of positive people. The fact is that the people we hang around with can have an impact on whether or not we recover from addiction. For many, creating a network of sober supports is crucial to recovery.
3. Going to rehab for the summer can help you avoid prying questions
Let’s face it most of us don’t want to tell the world that we are going to rehab. Many feel ashamed or are afraid that it will affect their friendships or career opportunities. The great thing about going to rehab for the summer is that you don’t need to tell anyone that you’re going. Many people go on vacation in the summer, so your absence may go unnoticed by most people in your life. You can decide when or if you tell anyone you are going to treatment, on your own time, and only if you want to. Going to rehab for the summer can help you avoid awkward or prying questions about where you went. If you work, you may be able to take vacation days for the time that you will be gone, just like the rest of your coworkers are probably doing. If you go to school, many of your classmates will probably be going home or on vacation in summer, so it won’t seem strange that you aren’t there.
If you or your loved one is in need of treatment for alcohol or drug addiction please give us a call at 800-951-6135.