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12 Reasons Why You Should go to Treatment During the Holidays

The holidays are often a time of joy, merriment, and celebration with family and friends. But for those struggling with addiction, they can be a dangerous and trying time. The holidays can mean increased stress and temptation. They can dredge up feelings of loss or depression. All in all, it can be a difficult time for both those in active addiction and their loved ones. While it may seem counterintuitive, going to treatment during the holidays can actually be just what you need to get on the road to recovery, and here’s why:

  1. Holidays can make substance use worse. You may feel the need to drink or use drugs more frequently to cope with stress, anxiety, or overwhelming expectations.
  2. Treatment teaches you how to deal with stress and challenging situations in a healthier and more effective way. You’ll be better prepared to deal with upcoming holiday festivities.
  3. Temptation will be reduced because you are in a safe environment and not surrounded by people who are drinking or using drugs. There is no access to these substances and you can safely detox.
  4. You will be surrounded by others who have similar goals and are also working to overcome addiction. At home, not everyone may be supportive of your efforts.
  5. You can put your focus and energy toward recovery. A change of scenery can be good and give you clarity and increased motivation.
  6. You can avoid awkward situations at family get-togethers. Perhaps in years past you embarrassed yourself or others while under the influence, but now you are on your way to making changes.
  7. It can be easier to get away during the holidays because schools are on break and businesses close or have slower periods. It is not unusual for employees to take time off.
  8. Putting off treatment doesn’t make the problem go away. In fact, it can become more serious with all of the events of the holidays, so it’s better to be proactive.
  9. Start the New Year on the right foot in sobriety. Get a fresh start and begin working toward your goals.
  10. Give yourself a lasting gift. You are deserving of treatment and another chance. Do what’s best for you this year.
  11. It could save your life. No one plans on overdosing and it happens unexpectedly. The next time you use could be your last, so enter treatment today so you can enjoy the future.
  12. You are ready for change. If you’re not happy with where your life is headed, it’s time to do something about it. It’s not too late to get the help you need and turn your life around. A rehab program can be exactly the change you need.

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