Is Christmas Spent In Rehab Really Such A Bad Thing?
Chances are, if a person has found themselves at the point of entering rehab during the holidays, their ability to function and enjoy the holidays may be limited. Addiction is notorious for ruining the best of times — especially during the holidays. Often family members are on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop, when an active alcoholic or addict is present. This is due to the unpredictable behavior that comes along with addiction.
While spending Christmas in rehab may not feel great at the time, the addict has an opportunity to think about the consequences of their behavior. If the time was not spent getting well, there’s a good chance the holiday would be spent in over-indulgences, and potential chaos in the form of altercations or accidents. Often addicts and alcoholics don’t even show up for family gatherings due to the guilt of their addiction. While they may not want their family and loved ones to see them in bad shape, the lack of their presence can make their family to worry. The chaos caused by active addiction often leaves the addict and everyone involved with disturbing memories.
Another Chance To Live Free From Addiction Is The Best Christmas Gift
Often perception and ideals are distorted while in the middle of addiction and the reality of the situation compared with what an addict envisions are two different things. Addiction and alcoholism robs people of their blessings, and often of their very existence. Prior to taking lives, the disease of addiction leaves a trail of tears, broken hearts, and ruin. Rehab offers addicts, alcoholics, and their families hope. It offers those who cannot recover on their own another chance to live free from addiction. What better Christmas gift could there possibly be?
Holiday Camaraderie In Treatment Centers
Many treatment centers offer a homey environment and celebrate the holidays in one form or another. Addicts and alcoholics are not alone in rehab. The sense of belonging can help to alleviate loneliness felt due to not being home for the holidays. Some treatment centers also allow residents to leave on a pass or have extended visiting times.
Bonding while in rehab is very common. Residents often develop friendships pretty quickly. Very intimate details are shared between alcoholics and addicts during groups and they get to know each other’s personal details in ways that can take years outside of treatment. This leads to close ties and can help people in rehab feel a sense of closeness during the holidays.
The Holidays Can Be A Time For Careful Reflection
Getting sober in a treatment center during Christmas can also provide people in rehab with an opportunity to reflect on their lives, to take a serious look at what addiction has cost them and where the disease of addiction has taken them. In this sense, seeing the need to spend Christmas in rehab as a bottom can be a positive thing. It can cause the addict or alcoholic to ask themselves whether their life is all its cracked up to be.
Tis’ The Season of Giving
Not only does rehab give an addict the gift of a second chance, but what better gift can a person suffering from addiction give their loved ones? Addiction affects everyone: the addict, their friends, family members, co-workers, and everyone around them. Those who have loved ones struggling with addiction want the addict to get well more than anything. While the addict may have caused pain and done things to anger those around them, sadness tends to be experienced more than anything. Active addiction and alcoholism triggers feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Nobody seems to know what to do. For many, treatment is the only answer and not only does it physically prevent an addict from using, treatment provides people with a solid foundation and with the tools to live a sober life.
Attitude and Gratitude
Perhaps the most important factors that will determine the mood a person has when spending Christmas in rehab is their attitude and level of gratitude. If an addict or alcoholic hasn’t experienced enough to bring them to their knees and have a desire to get sober, chances are that gratitude will be a foreign concept. When addiction or alcoholism is on the brink of taking someone’s life then gratitude can easily be experienced and the realization that rehab is truly a gift is not hard to see.
Early recovery is often physically exhausting and it takes time to feel good again. With an positive attitude and determination to get well, rehab truly can be the best gift for an alcoholic or addict, as well as for those who love them.