The holidays are often considered to be a joyous time. Family and friends get together and celebrate, enjoy each other’s company, and create new memories. But for a person struggling with substance use disorder, holidays can be difficult–especially if the celebrations allow drinking. If destructive patterns of drug or alcohol use are preventing you from moving forward in your life, getting help over the holidays is a way to show your family that you’re committed.
Missing the chance to spend the holidays with family isn’t ideal; however, people with substance use disorder often are not emotionally and physically present during family events anyway. Spending your holidays in residential addiction treatment is a demonstration of commitment to your own recovery. And is there any gift your family would rather have?
Why Should You Spend The Holidays at a Rehab Center in Portland?
While it might be difficult to spend the holidays away from your friends and family, it might be in your best interest. During the holidays, you won’t be at Crestview Recovery Center alone. There will be support staff and other clients ready to participate in activities such as:
- Holiday baking
- Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners
- Present making activities
- Counseling activities
- Tree decorating
Crestview Recovery Center is an addiction treatment center in Portland supporting adults 18 and older. Our integrated approach to mental health treatment will support your journey to remaining sober.
Prepare to Celebrate Sober New Year at a Portland Rehab
When you are early in your sobriety, it is easy to feel like you can handle the challenges associated with drugs and/or alcohol being present at a holiday celebration. However, this is sometimes harder than you think. Since holiday celebrations usually include lots of fun and food and alcohol and in some cases drugs, it’s best to skip altogether. It is not easy to resist the temptation associated with substance use–especially when you have not been sober for a long period of time.
You have to learn to prepare yourself for a life of sobriety. You can spend the holidays at an addiction treatment center in Portland with other people on a journey to sobriety. You will learn how to celebrate without drugs or alcohol. Once you have learned to celebrate sober, you can be prepared to enter a family celebration.
Your Friends And Family Need You Sober
Through your substance use disorder, you more than likely didn’t just hurt yourself. You hurt others, such as your friends and family, too. Perhaps you made them feel a lot of pain and frustration. Or you caused them stress as a result of your behaviors. The greatest gift you can ever give your friends and family is by remaining sober. By going to rehab in Portland for the holidays, you’ll be ensuring that you are serious about remaining drug- or alcohol-free. This will give them a break from worrying about you and your addiction.
It’s also possible that your friends and family have been struggling to help you with your addiction. They may have even gone as far as to stage an intervention. If this is the case, it’s time for you to show them that you’re ready to get help. The best way to do this is by checking into an addiction treatment center. This will show them that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get sober and that you’re serious about making a change in your life.
Time To Self Reflect
Remaining at a rehab during the holidays will provide you with the time to think about your past and your future. Yes, you might want to think about experiences that were less than great memories. However, you will also have the opportunity to think about your present and future sobriety. This is an important time for you to focus on your recovery and to think about the steps you need to take to remain sober in the future.
One of the best things about being in rehab during the holidays is that you won’t be alone. There will be others in treatment with you who understand what you’re going through. They can offer you support and encouragement during this difficult time. Additionally, the staff at the rehab center will be there to help you through any challenges you may face.
Celebrate With Your Peers in Recovery at Crestview
During the holidays, celebrating with people who are on the same path as you is reaffirming. Spending time away from your family and friends during the holidays might feel like it will be lonely, but it won’t be at a rehab center. At Crestview Recovery Center, you will be with a supportive staff and other adults in recovery. By celebrating sobriety with others, you will feel empowered to continue on your wellness journey. If you’re ready to remain on your road to recovery, call us today 866.262.0531.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.