The holidays seem to come faster and faster every year. Along with the quickness of the final months of the year, larger quantities of lights, decorations, and food are also purchased to emphasize the holidays. The multitude of gifts that are given and received over the holidays also seems to keep multiplying each year. There is much to celebrate during this normally joyful yuletide season, except where addiction is concerned.
Addiction can turn enjoyable occasions into a time of unpleasantness and regret. Instead of observing a holiday, the addiction will usually wreak havoc in some way to bring the festivities to a screeching halt. Changing the dynamics of the holidays, or really any given day, by getting sober is the best gift you can give to the people around you, as well as yourself.
Nobody walks around on eggshells as much.
Addicts are known to be entitled and belligerent while they are active in their addiction. This kind of behavior makes loved ones become cautious to what will happen next. Family and friends no longer have to be on high alert to keep an addict from getting easily offended once substance abuse ends.
Financial enabling can be halted.
Enabling keeps an addiction going while making the addict and everyone around them unhealthy. Giving addicts money to buy their mind-altering drugs, can put a damper on financial matters which can be resolved with cessation. Just because someone gets sober does not mean that financial woes will necessarily go away, but throwing money needlessly away on drugs and alcohol will have to stop in sobriety. Better use of money can be used for treatment, therapy, or a donation for a 12-Step Program.
Loved ones can finally get some sleep again.
Most everyone in the addict’s life worries about their safety and their well-being. Sleepless nights and consistent fear of what is happening to the addict ensues, making the stress levels higher than normal. Getting sober will eliminate many of these concerns making a full night of sleep become a possibility.
Relationships can begin to heal.
Addiction deteriorates relationships because of the negativity that develops overtime. A loved one’s sensitiveness along with the defensiveness of an addict, can be like pouring gasoline on a fire. Instead of productive growth, the trust is being continually broken. Sobriety can change a person making them more apt to being present in a relationship.
Sobriety is a precious gift that you can give to yourself and others, but you are the only person than can take your sobriety away. Make it last this holiday season to give the gift that keeps on giving.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center has a 5-week program that can be designed especially for you or a loved one. Our partial-care program will adorn your soul by disarming your fears and reconnect you to the life you were meant to live. Call our staff today: 844-720-6847