The Thanksgiving holiday is usually a difficult time for someone who has just completed rehabilitation for drug and/or alcohol addiction. For many families, holiday celebrations and festivities center around alcohol. For this reason, recovering alcoholics and drug addicts often face increased incidences of depression and stress between November and January. So how can you turn this time of year into a time of victory rather than one which tempts you to reach for your Drug of Choice (DOC)? We have a few ideas.
Even in the midst of recovery, holidays such as Thanksgiving can be turned into fun occasions and cause for celebration. But the desire to stave off a relapse may require a change of plans and a hefty dose of willpower. We know you can do it, since both are possible with hard work and a little creativity – which you obviously have, since and you have already come so far!
Fun, alternate ways to celebrate the season:
This is the time of year where many people feel pressure. The reasons for this range from financial strain to family tension or stress associated with holiday travel. When you’re early in your journey to sobriety, these pressures should be avoided at all costs. This could be a great time to share with people who care so they understand the depth of your struggle. The holidays should draw people together. So, don’t be afraid to share your journey in a safe place. You might be surprised at the support your loved ones may be willing to provide.
Throughout 10 facilities in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, we employ the Matrix Model, creating a personalized treatment program for each client. Various modalities can include behavior modification, 12-Step program introduction, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family systems techniques, including the family in group therapy. Treatment options include outpatient and inpatient detox, medication management (if appropriate), group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention education, and ongoing support after treatment. To find out more, call (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information (951) 683-6596.