Finally making the commitment to get sober is one of the most difficult, scary, important, and rewarding steps in the recovery process. While there may seem like no perfect time to get sober, many individuals may find that the new year is the best time to get addiction treatment. If you are ready to start the new year strong, keep reading for some great reasons to finally get the treatment you need.
New Year New You: The New Year is the Best Time to Get Addiction Treatment
New year, new you. The new year is seen as a time to reflect on the past year and make changes moving forward. This can mean many things to many people, such as losing weight, moving on in a relationship, enrolling in school, quitting smoking, cleaning out their garage, or getting sober. January is widely regarded as a fresh start and a time to set new goals for the year ahead. This could be the perfect reason for many people looking to finally get help for their addiction and change their lives for the better.
The Season of Motivation
The new year is when people are generally more happy, optimistic, and motivated. You will have just spent the holidays with your family and realized how lucky you are, which can drive a person to get sober. Alternatively, you may have noticed that your relationships are suffering and that you need to do finally something about it.
Easier to Take Time Off
Logistically, the holiday season is the best time to get approval on an extended period of time off for addiction treatment. This is because most people travel for the holidays, which can leave certain companies running slower than usual around the holiday season. Some companies may even close during the weeks of Christmas and New Year for their employees.
Due to this slow productivity, you won’t be missing much at work during this time if you were to enter treatment. In addition, employers are generally more gracious in approving time off around the holidays for this reason, so it is a great time to take advantage of that. In some cases, your employer may have noticed a decline in your performance and will be welcoming of you entering treatment.
If you are unsure of how to work out these logistics, give our admissions office a call. We can help you learn your rights to time off, negotiate payment with your insurance company, and walk you through every step of the process.
The Holidays are Stressful
Let’s face it: the holidays are stressful. For an individual suffering from a substance abuse disorder, this can be the very fuel for a large binge. Overdoses and substance-related deaths skyrocket around the holidays for this reason.
The holidays can also be triggering for many people for many reasons, including:
- Going back to a hometown or area that brings back negative emotions
- The financial toll of purchasing gifts, decor, food, or travel accommodations relating to the holidays
- Seldom-seen family members who invade personal space or daily routines
- Arguments with family members, especially if it is related to substance use
- Holiday events or parties where drinking or substance use is present
- Letting down loved ones by being too intoxicated at holiday events
All of these reasons — and more — can be a great motivation to finally get help for your addiction. By getting the help you need, you will be able to have a better holiday season next year because you will have about a year of sobriety under your belt. You will have learned how to master positive coping mechanisms, know what you require for self-care, and have hopefully rebuilt relationships with your loved ones by then.
There Will Always Be Roadblocks
Chances are, your loved ones tell you that you need to get sober or you have told yourself a million times that you will quit using. However, there always seems to be a roadblock in place.
Whether it is getting through the holidays, the logistics with your job, not wanting to leave your family, an important anniversary, an event you want to attend, or any other reason – you’ve found one reason or another to avoid treatment.
Starting the new year off by going to treatment gives you a mindset that, no matter what happens this year, you will focus on your sobriety first. You can dedicate the year to treatment and let go of all of your roadblocks.
About Channel Islands Rehab
The best time to get addiction treatment is right now. However, for many people, setting a date and sticking to it can be helpful when starting recovery. There is no better date to set for treatment than the very time of year when everyone is motivated for change. This can make the new year the best time to get addiction treatment and finally change your life for the better.
The Channel Island Rehab Total Immersion Method is not an out-of-the-box approach to addiction treatment, like many other rehabs. It is unique in that it involves specifically around you and your individual, unique needs. No two people’s journeys are the same at Channel Islands Rehab, allowing for the best chances for long-term success.
Complementing these vital treatments and therapies is our powerful, unwavering ring of support. Through these collaborative efforts, we help you to uncover the underlying issues of your addiction. Our ultimate goal is for you to leave the facility strong and confident, with a practical plan for lasting recovery.
At Channel Islands Rehab Treatment Center, we work to make your residential stay pleasant and stress-free. Our beautiful, calming home, located only one-half block from the ocean, gives you an opportunity to relax and reassess your direction in life. The facility overlooks the harbor, providing the most appealing of settings for reconnecting with yourself.
For more information, visit channelislandsrehab.com