For many of us, the holidays are a happy and exciting time full of celebrations with family and friends. However, for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, it can be a particularly challenging time. From work holiday gatherings to family parties and other everyday stresses, there are many temptations and triggers for recovering addicts.
WHY IT’S BENEFICIAL TO START REHAB OVER THE HOLIDAYS
Although it may seem like a difficult time to start the recovery process, it could, in fact, be very beneficial. Starting treatment over the holidays typically means a higher likelihood of getting into a program right away, as many people wait until after the new year to begin rehab. This also means you will likely have smaller group sizes and more individual treatment to help you focus on yourself and getting better. Going through recovery over the holidays also makes it easier for you to avoid the temptations and stresses without feeling guilty. Also, as many of us have time off from work or school anyway, we have that extra time to really focus on ourselves and working towards new goals.
In addition to the fun and excitement of the holidays, there is also the added stress. Whether it be buying gifts, dealing with family tension, or attending holiday parties, there is no shortage of triggers and reminders for recovering addicts. Particularly, holiday parties and social events can be challenging as there are many temptations to drink alcohol as well as people from your past that may not be the best influence.
GET A FRESH START
The holidays are a great time for us to get the fresh start we need. We can really begin the new year right by setting new goals for ourselves and planning for a happy and healthy year ahead. Having extra time off also gives us the opportunity to relax, focus on self-care, create healthy habits, and try out new hobbies.
The holiday season could be the perfect time for you to start a rehab program. Entering rehab over the holidays gives those struggling the opportunity to get more individual attention and also avoid many of the temptations and reminders that the holidays inevitably bring. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, don’t wait until after the holidays.
Blueprints for Recovery treats many types of addiction in young men between the ages of 18 and 30. We want to give anyone struggling with addiction the chance to focus on the positives of sobriety and remain healthy both physically and mentally. Contact us today to find out more.