Why the Holidays are the Perfect Time to Go to Rehab

A woman is thinking about rehab during holidays

Addiction doesn‘t take the holidays off. So there’s no better time than now to learn how to cultivate true sources of happiness rather than continuing a painful effort to find it in drugs or alcohol.

Some families might consider the holidays an inappropriate time to help a loved one get into treatment when, in fact, it can be a great opportunity. One can look at treatment during the holidays as the best gift you could give to your family, your friends and yourself. You can consider it a chance to prioritize working on yourself.

Each day that your drug or alcohol abuse calls the shots is one more day you put yourself and others at risk. Accidents, DUI arrests and fatal crashes soar during the holidays. Alcohol and drug use can cause or worsen a variety of ailments such as depression, anxiety, heart disease and certain cancers. In short, waiting could be fatal.

You may even find yourself thinking, “I’ll just get it out of my system one last time.” But rather than use this as an excuse to put off your recovery, take advantage of the safe harbor rehab offers to get away from these temptations and rethink your relationship with them. With some effort now, you can ring in this New Year happy and hopeful rather than sick, tired and hungover and trying to convince yourself that this is the year you are going to stop.

Rehabilitation is never easy, no matter when you enter a program. Getting clean and sober is not easy; it requires dedication, motivation, and continued effort.

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 wreaks havoc and 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.

There is no future in addiction. People die every year 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, but you will also 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.

If you or someone you love is coping with addiction during the holidays, please call our team at Narconon Ojai.


Fabian Padro

Narconon Ojai, the premier Narconon center in the United States, is led by Fabian Padro, AS, RADT. After starting a career in International Business and earning an Associates Degree, Fabian changed course and has now dedicated his life to helping those trapped in the downward spiral of addiction.