It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike. Then of course there’s Hanukkah, Boxing Day and New Years all bottled into a few weeks of December. The holiday season, as its known, can indeed be joyous for some and hell for others. Sure, there’s the exchange of gifts, huge dinner feasts, colourful decoration and what seems to be endless gatherings. This is the good, fun side of the holidays. These days also bring along a dark side which affects certain people, especially those with an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Battling the Obligations of the Holidays
Like it or not, the holidays are filled with things that have to be done. Obligations to attend booze filled parties become overwhelming in the mind. Purchasing those gifts with credit cards knowing you won’t pay them off until next summer brings your holiday cheer down a level. The thought of meeting up with people you don’t exactly get along with makes you feel uneasy and anxious. The cravings, the triggers and the feelings of giving up and going to your drug of choice start to become dominate. What if you could do something about it all? In fact you can. A drug and alcohol rehab program may be perfectly suited to you during the holiday season; here’s why.
Getting Time Off Over the Holidays Will be Easier
Going to rehab over the holidays may be easier because your job or school will likely be more sympathetic to giving you time off. You may even get lucky and have holiday time anyways. If you’re strapped for cash or have little chances to go after the New Year has begun, now would be the time to check yourself into addiction treatment.
Waiting for the New Year is Not Worth It
It’s common for an addict to say “I’ll get sober after the first of the year.” This is not a good excuse. Why put yourself through the stress and pressure of the holidays when you know they’re going to be a tough time for you. Delaying your sobriety is a form of denial and chances are, the first of the year will come and go without any changes being made.
It’s a Time to Leave the Cold
For most people, December is the coldest month of the year. Sure snow and icicles are great, but why not soak in the sun’s rays on a tropical island. A rehab centre in Thailand will allow you to sober up, learn about addiction and enjoy the outdoors. This change of scenery can be good for your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Plus, if you’re worried about others finding out about your addiction, you can always say you were on holiday in Thailand.
People May Be More “Financially” Sympathetic
The holiday season is a time of giving. If you’re struggling to afford an addiction treatment program, you may be able to talk to family or friends to ask them for financial support. Ideally, they would be willing to help you at any time of the year, but this is a season when realistically they may be more apt to do so. If you’re going to take this step, you’ll want to ensure you reassure your loved ones that you really do want to get better.
You’ll Be Away from the Holiday Stressors
If you know the holidays are going to bring about stress, tension and anxiety which will only further your addiction or cause you to relapse, why not avoid these things all together? By going to rehab over the holidays, you get away from the typical environment you are used to. You will not be obligated to attend work parties, you won’t feel pressure to drink because it’s the social thing to do and you won’t have to worry about potential confrontations with people you don’t get along with. Rather, you’ll be in a tranquil, private rehab centre meeting people you can relate to and finding a balance between your body and mind. You’ll learn how to better control cravings, identify triggers and recognise core issues that have led to your addiction. What could be a better gift than your sobriety, your health and your life?
In a worst case scenario, waiting to get help could cost you your life. Accidents and overdoses increase significantly during the holiday season and while you may think this won’t happen to you, it could. If you think you need to go to rehab, most likely you should. Think about it, you could go to rehab and start the New Year as a sober, happier person. The next holiday season could actually be a time that is filled with the joy you’ve always hoped for.
If you would like to know more about our drug and alcohol treatment programs in Thailand, contact Siam Rehab Thailand. We’re open 24/7, 365 days a year and always have a sober holiday celebration.