Let’s face it, no one wants to go to drug rehab during the holidays. The holidays are the season of “I’ll do it later.” Whether it’s losing weight, getting a new job, going on vacation, or fixing something around the house, we tend to want to put it off until January 1st. And yes, the holidays are a crazy time of year for some people. They may be going out of town or having family that’s coming in. They may be caroling, buying gifts or trimming the tree. However, if you need drug rehab during the holidays, there is nothing more important. And it’s unlikely that you are doing any of these things, or doing them well if you are using drugs and drinking.
1. Addictions usually worsen during the holidays: It’s a stressful time of year. Some people are juggling work, family situations, and getting ready for the holiday. Other people get very lonely during this time of year. For people with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, either situation can be dangerous. Don’t wait! Going to drug rehab during the holidays can prevent even more harm to your health, your relationships, your career, and your self-esteem.
2. It’s cold outside!: Going to drug rehab during the holidays can have the added benefit of escape to a warmer climate. The majority of drug rehabs in the country are located in warm weather areas. You can enjoy the weather while you recover from your drug addiction, unwinding after a hard day’s work by playing outdoor sports or meditating on the beach.
3. Work and school slow down: November and December are usually slow months for businesses. It may be easier for you to get time off if you go to drug rehab during the holidays. Also, if you are in college, you will likely have a long break for Christmas, so you won’t have to miss classes by going to drug rehab during the holidays. If you have kids who are in school, it may be easier for you to find someone to care for them since they often have Christmas break too.
4. You could ruin the holidays: The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time of year, but if you are suffering from an addiction it is unlikely to be enjoyable for you and your family. An addicted family member is likely to drain all the holiday cheer out of a situation and replace it with sadness, anger, and confusion. No matter how much we tell ourselves that things will be different this year, the addiction always gets in the way. I’d always tell myself that my family needed me home for the holidays, but the truth was that I always made them miserable. The best gift I could give them was the peace of mind that I was safe and getting the help that I desperately needed. And that is why I went to drug rehab during the holidays.
If your loved one is in need of drug or alcohol addiction treatment please give us a call at 800-951-6135.