ADDICTION AND THE HOLIDAYS
The holidays are a time of celebration and joy, but they can also be a difficult season for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Stress, tense emotions, high expectations, social demands, year-end career targets, and other factors combine to add additional pressures on those in recovery, pressures that could become overwhelming and lead to relapse.
No matter the time of year, only one certain time is best to do an intervention. That time is as soon as possible.
Don’t wait until after the holidays to ask a loved one to get sober.
The holidays can be a stressful time. We get it. Gifts, close family members, extended family, in-laws, work parties, church events, Christmas cards, decorations, emotions, memories, it all combines every year around December, and it tends to have mixed effects on all of us.
During the holiday season this year, the staff and students of Narconon Arrowhead are busy celebrating with a variety of activities. They kicked off the holidays with a Deck the Halls party, where everyone helped to decorate the building and hang ornaments on the large Christmas tree in the lodge.
Many people who have already been struggling with a substance abuse problem go over the edge into having a full-blown addiction. Others are already addicts but experience an increased level of bingeing over the holidays.
Many people who consider getting into rehab so that they can finally quit abusing drugs or alcohol hesitate to do so during the holidays. They don’t want to miss out on everything, or maybe they are concerned about letting their loved ones down by not being there for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Each year as the holidays approach, families may postpone their efforts to get a loved one to rehab. It may be that families are so desperate to see a loved one who was lost to addiction that they don’t even want to think about sending him (or her) away.
Thanksgiving dinner often sees guests drinking heavily before, during and after the meal, and then the alcohol keeps flowing at parties, through Christmas and up to New Year’s Eve. Here are several tips to safeguard your loved ones’ health and happiness over the holiday season.