The holiday season is a very stressful and lonely time for many people according to the Mayo Clinic. It is also a time for many to be merry, drink, and overindulge in just about everything. Unfortunately, for some this means drugs and alcohol. It is very difficult to find a holiday party or gathering that does not involve alcohol at the very least. For those in rehab or thinking about rehab, this can add even more stress to an already stressful time. There are things that you can do while in either outpatient or inpatient rehab that do not involve overindulgence, drinking or drugs.
Holiday Ideas for those in Outpatient Rehab
There are many holiday options for those participating in an outpatient rehab. Outpatient rehabs normally have programs and activities around the holiday season that are considered sober activities for their clients. Some common planned activities are:
volunteer works such as
o gift wrapping,
o gift drives,
o gift deliveries,
o food deliveries for the needy,
o serving food at a homeless shelter,
o volunteering for shelter work,
o Christmas cleanups, and
o rescue and rehab work.
Thanksgiving and Christmas parties,
Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners,
Secret Santa gift exchanges,
increased group therapy,
increased individual therapy sessions for those that request it, and
Sober New Year’s parties.
You can find out if the outpatient rehab in your area has any activities planned by going to the lobby or front desk of the main building. You can also check by telling your rehab counselor or coordinator that you want to get involved this holiday season.
Holiday Ideas for those in Inpatient Rehab
Gift making can be an enjoyable activity.
Inpatient rehab also normally has planned activities for the holiday season. Some of the common inpatient rehab activities are:
making gifts for friends and family,
writing holiday letters to loved ones,
making Christmas cards,
holiday furlough, and
increased family and friend visiting hours.
Although it is difficult to spend the holidays in inpatient rehab sometimes, it is the best solution for those in need of a controlled environment.
Many people choose to go into inpatient rehab during the holidays because it is a controlled sober environment. The holidays are a time when people are drinking and engaging in a variety of other activities. An inpatient rehab is a safe place to come off drugs or alcohol, without judgment or recriminations. Most people who enter a rehab during the holidays need a break from overindulgence and excess.
Why Rehab for the Holidays
If you or someone you know is having a problem with addiction around the holidays an inpatient or outpatient rehab might be a suitable options. You do not have to miss out on all of the holiday festivities when you are in rehab. As mentioned earlier, most rehab facilities both sponsor and conduct a number of sober activities to engage in. For more information on what rehab during the holidays has to offer give us a call at 800-481-6320Who Answers?.
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