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Rehab during the holidays

Although some might not think it, rehab centers are open during the holidays. Many of the programs do not stop just because it is Christmas or Thanksgiving. People still need help and there are both inpatient and outpatient clinics who provide it. The holidays are a tough time for many people who suffer from depression, loneliness, stress, and anxiety. These symptoms often lead to self medication and drug or alcohol addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Why Enter Rehab Over the Holidays?

Many people have stories of a drunken or drugged family member ruining Christmas dinner or diving head first into a turkey during Thanksgiving. Although some of these stories are funny, the problem behind it happening is not. There are many who hate the holidays today because of spouses, family members, or friends whose drunken or drugged behavior made the holidays an unhappy time for them.

It is better to be absent or in treatment during the holidays than hurt your friends and family in this way. Most people who hate the holidays hate them due to some form of drug or alcohol addiction. Do not be the person that ruins what is to be a happy time for your children, family members, or friends.

What Happens in Inpatient Rehab During the Holidays?

You can go caroling while in inpatient rehab.

You can go caroling while in inpatient rehab.

What happens during the holidays at rehab centers is much the same thing that happens anywhere during the holidays. Most rehab centers offer activities to help their clients and their families celebrate the holidays. They have family visits and other activities. Some of the activities are:

  • making cards,
  • making gifts,
  • holiday parties,
  • caroling, and
  • decorating.

The people who are working at the rehab try to make the holiday season the best possible, particularly if you are in an inpatient rehab.

What Happens in Outpatient Rehab During the Holidays?

What happens in outpatient rehab during the holidays is much the same that happens in outpatient rehab when it is not a holiday. Although counseling appointments might be scheduled around the actual holiday, crisis centers and many other intervention programs remain active during the holidays.

Outpatient rehab centers might also have sponsored sober activities and parties during the holidays. Some have a holiday party for their group sessions while others have gatherings for everyone who attends or works for the rehab. These activities are usually posted on a bulletin or in the lobby along with signup sheets for various activities.

Rehab Furlough

Some inpatient rehabs have a rehab furlough program that allows you to be with your family in your home during the holidays. This program is generally honor based and only available to those who are nearing their end of their program. It is important that you do not relapse while you are on a furlough program. Each rehab is different and some may not offer programs like these.

For more information on rehabs during the holidays, call us at 800-481-6320. If you need a rehab center or know someone who does, we can help.

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