Being in rehab during the holidays is tough – but it may also be crucial to your long-term sobriety. Food and alcohol-laden parties can be tricky to navigate. Plus, there’s the added stress and emotions from ramped-up family time. And, if you don’t have close family ties, you may also be struggling with feelings of loneliness.
For these reasons, many rehabs strongly discourage leaving the facility for the holidays. The temptation to relapse is just too strong.
Think of it this way: Getting help and being somewhere safe at holiday time is the best gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones. And just remember: You won’t be in rehab forever!
In the meantime, try some of these steps to make the most of the days ahead:
- If possible, ask a loved one or friend to come visit and spend a few hours with you.
- Arrange a time to Skype or Facetime with your family or friends, even if you can’t see them in person.
- Find out if it’s possible to bake cookies or a favorite holiday treat with the staff.
- Use this time to do a little extra work on your recovery. This way, you’re a step closer to being able to go home.
- Write letters or make cards for your loved ones. Fill them in on your recovery or holiday wishes.
- Get involved. Whether there’s a gift exchange or volunteer opportunity, seek out and participate in whatever holiday activities are offered at the rehab.
- Take some quiet time and reflect on all that you have to be thankful for this season.
Rehab for the Holidays: The Gift That Keeps On Giving
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use disorder or addiction, call 866.457.7426 to speak to an admissions specialist and begin your journey toward recovery today. We are available 24/7, every day, including holidays. Season’s greetings!