Why Consider Alcohol & Drug Treatment Around the Holidays?

$RYVHJNOMany of us like to think of the holidays as a time of family and togetherness, but when a family member is abusing alcohol or drugs, the holidays can become a time of struggle and stress.

According to Rachel Obafemi, Program Director of Adult Services at Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers in Lake Villa, stress levels tend to run high during the holidays and substance abuse becomes more prevalent. This serves to amplify negative behaviors.

“Many families who are dealing with a loved one suffering from an alcohol or drug dependency have learned to dread the holiday season,” Rachel said.

If this sounds familiar, the greatest gift an individual can receive is help understanding their options for participating in an alcohol or drug treatment program over the holidays.

 
5 Key Benefits
of Drug & Alcohol Treatment Around the Holidays

1 Temptation.The holiday atmosphere is conducive to over-indulging. This makes it more important than ever to seek the support and structure needed to remain sober.

2 Statistics.There is a higher incidence of drunk driving arrests as well as fatal accidents and overdoses during the holiday season. Being in treatment offers a safe environment.

3 Communication. Being sober facilitates healthy exchanges with family members who may have been hurt or part of a destructive cycle in the past.

4 Practical. During this time of year, many people have already met their insurance deductibles and some find it easier to take time off of work or school.

5 Reset. This may be the first of many holidays where a person has remained sober, giving them the chance to begin a new tradition of sobriety.

While it may seem harsh on the surface, a closer look reveals there are many benefits of participating in a substance abuse treatment program during the holidays.

With their loved one in treatment, families are able to find peace around the holidays.“Many families find it comforting to know their loved one is in a good place. They view their loved one’s treatment experience as as a new start and look forward to celebrating the holidays together where everyone is safe, sober and happy,” Rachel said.

For more information, visit RecoverGateway.org

About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers
Every year Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment helps thousands of adults and teens get their life back on track and gives renewed hope to those who care about them. With 50 years of treatment experience, our specialists take the time to understand of the specific needs of each individual. We then develop a customized treatment plan with recommendations for the most appropriate care based on an individual's substance abuse and mental health history. As the largest provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Illinois, Gateway has 11 treatment centers throughout the state. Gateway outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment programs are not one-size fits all, but unique treatment plans that give an individual the highest chance for a successful outcome. With insurance acceptance and a track record of success, Gateway Treatment Centers help thousands of individual’s successfully complete treatment each year, and find the hope they need to live again.

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