5 Reasons to Give the Gift of Recovery
During this holiday season, many of you probably find yourselves reflecting on the past year; how 2020 has changed us forever, hoping for some resolve in the New Year and praying your loved ones stay safe in these unprecedented times. Usually, you look forward to large family gatherings, celebrating long-standing traditions and being with those you love most. Unfortunately, as we all know, holiday celebrations are going to look a bit different this year. Nevertheless, we understand these circumstances are only temporary and one day soon we will have those moments back.
Now, let us ask you this. If you are someone who struggles with substance use disorder, could you imagine experiencing this feeling every year? Not knowing if your loved ones are safe or if you will have the opportunity to simply enjoy their company. We ask because that is how the loved ones of an addict feel each and every day. The constant worry they feel clouds any hope for a happy holiday, wondering if you are safe and when they will see you again.
Now, more than ever, finding the courage to ask for help is of the utmost importance. We understand your fears and realize how significant this change is especially during the holiday season. However, we can tell you that taking the first step to find recovery will not only be life-changing for you, but for those you hold closest to your heart. Make 2020 the year that you give yourself and family the very best gift of all – a Life…Recovered.
Here are 5 reasons why recovery is the best gift you can give this year.
1. Create New, Happy, Joyful Memories
Think back to the 2019 holiday season. Where were you? Who did you spend it with? What did you do? Chances are if you were in active addiction, then those memories may not be so pleasant. Or possibly, you cannot even recall last year’s events.
With recovery, you can create new, happy memories with your loved ones and friends. Maybe you start a new family tradition or restore old ones that haven’t been celebrated since your childhood. Regardless of what or how you celebrate, the most important thing is that you are present and sober, opening the door to so many new possibilities.
2. Enjoy Every Moment Spent with your Loved Ones
Typically, holidays and family gatherings can be difficult for someone who struggles with addiction. You are distracted by your cravings or simply to intoxicated to truly enjoy the moment. Feelings of shame, embarrassment and guilt take precedence over joy and happiness.
When the alcohol and drugs are put down, you have the opportunity to clear your mind and return to the true version of yourself. Distractions are no longer a concern and you are now able to enjoy the little things like baking cookies, watching your favorite Christmas movie, lighting the Menorah, opening gifts and appreciating a holiday feast.
3. Learn to Celebrate Sober
A common concern we hear from our patients and many others in the early stages of recovery is that they do not know how to have fun without drugs or alcohol. Every moment of their current lives, whether good, bad or indifferent, was spent under the influence of some kind of mind-altering substance.
In treatment and recovery, you will have the chance to learn how to celebrate sober and have fun without the use of drugs and alcohol. More than likely, you will discover what true happiness and fun really entails for the first time in your life. While many would like to believe they were “having a good time” under the influence, the truth is addiction doesn’t allow you to genuinely feel and appreciate the joys life can bring, especially during the holiday months.
4. Rebuild & Mend Broken Relationships
Substance abuse can cause distance between loved ones and friends and can completely sever relationships you once valued. If you take the opportunity to get yourself well, you will begin to cherish the importance of those relationships and take the necessary steps to begin mending what has been broken.
While it may not be easy and it will certainly take some time, rebuilding relationships is by far one of the most significant acts you will make in your recovery journey. Your loved ones will recognize the efforts you are making as you continue to work on yourself and over time, their trust will return and bonds will be restored.
5. Your Family Will Know you are Safe
Although you may feel your addiction only hurts you, that could not be further from the truth. Substance use disorder is a family disease, and while you are certainly feeling the ultimate affects, your loved ones carry the burden as well.
They are overwhelmed with feelings of hopelessness and guilt, questioning what more they can do to help you. They lie awake at night consumed with fear, wondering when they will get that phone call. And during the holidays, they never know what to expect.
Will you show up on time?
Will you come at all?
Will you be sober?
Ultimately, all they want is to know that you are safe, happy and healthy. We understand going to treatment during the holidays is never easy. But when you do, its not just for yourself but for the many people that love you. Think about the relief they will feel knowing you are out of harm’s way and in a safe environment. As you are getting well and restoring the best version of yourself, your family will be overjoyed with the best gift you will ever give – your recovery.
Give the Gift of Recovery Today
We realize that finding the courage to ask for help is difficult, but nothing in life worth having is ever easy. All we ask is that you take the first step. We will be here to guide you every step of the way on your journey to recovery. 2020 has been a difficult year, but what better way to finish it out and start fresh in 2021 with your newfound freedom and sobriety.
Give yourself and your loved ones the very best gift of all – a Life…Recovered.
Our trusted Admissions Specialists are available 24 hours and are ready to help in any way they can. Please call us today at (855)575-1292 to begin the admissions process and start your journey of recovery.