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Surviving The Holidays In Rehab: Finding The Joy No Matter What

November 11, 2016 - - 0 Comments

alcohol and drug rehabLet’s be honest: No matter how much you want to get better or how much you know you need it, alcohol and drug treatment centers aren’t necessarily your idea of a good time.  You may feel nervous, hesitant and even angry at the prospect of spending 30 plus days in a strange place with people you don’t know.

Let This Holiday Season Be Your Turning Point

The fact that the holidays are around the corner may increase your uncertainty.   In fact, you may even be tempted to put alcohol and drug rehab off until after the holidays.  This would be a huge mistake, though, so rather than spend yet one more Christmas in active addiction, give yourself the gift of recovery this year.

Getting Through Rehab When Everyone You Know Is Celebrating

One thing you may struggle with is the feeling that you are missing out on the holidays with friends and family.  The idea of spending your holiday in rehab with people you don’t know might have you feeling anxious, wondering how you will cope with loneliness and missing out.  While these are understandable fears, it’s important to realize what is really at stake here.

Addiction is a deadly disease that has likely already taken a toll on you and your family.  At this point, you may have already missed out on holidays and time with family as a result of addiction.  Spending this holiday away from family because you are getting help means that future holidays will be much brighter!

How Will You Get Through Rehab, Won’t It Be Lonely?

Alcohol and drug treatment centers are actually warm, welcoming places full of people who are dedicated to helping you reclaim your life.  Not only that, but you’ll find plenty of peers to connect with who are there for the same reason you are: To get sober and save their lives.  They will provide support, company, and community.  You will quickly find that rehab is actually a place with many opportunities if you choose to take advantage of them.  Not only that, but you will have the chance to start mending family relationships while at the same time focusing on yourself and your own well-being.  Bottom line: While you may be missing family during the holiday season, you won’t be alone.

Staff who work at alcohol and drug rehab centers are well aware of how tough it can be during the holidays, and make every effort to acknowledge and celebrate them in a positive way.  At rehab, you are surrounded by support and love.  You will have opportunities to create friendships and learn the tools and skills you need to improve relationships with family and loved ones.

Setting Yourself Up For The Future

There is no future in addiction.  People die every year from this disease or end up incarcerated, homeless or institutionalized.  Addiction takes your money, self-esteem, and your relationships, and it gives nothing back, aside from misery.

Getting clean and sober means that you will get to spend future holidays healthy, happy and with family and friends.  In rehab you will not only overcome addiction, you will learn life skills, strategies and communication tools that will help you succeed in all areas of life.  Your recovery is truly the best gift you can give yourself and those that love you.

It’s About Giving And Gratitude

Find the joy in the little things.  This means having gratitude for what you have in the moment.  A warm bed, a shoulder to lean on, your health and your freedom.  Knowing that you have a bright future to look forward to is something to be grateful for.

Now is not the time to worry about giving material gifts to friends and family.  All they really want is you to be healthy, safe and present for them.  During your short time in rehab, you will have the opportunity to listen, to offer support and to give yourself the care you deserve, and to show your family that you are serious about getting sober and changing your life.  What more could anyone ask for?

His and Her Houses offers industry leading Drug & Alcohol Rehab treatment programs. We were founded in 1994 and we base our programs on five key principles: commitment, honesty, integrity, respect, and service. These five principles guide us in all that we do and all the care we provide. Contact us today to see how we can help you or your love one at (888) 376-7268.

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