Treatment During the Festive Season

It is important to be accessing treatment during the festive period for the right reasons. At Silkworth we have to be extra vigilant and aware whilst looking at referrals and self-referrals as many people decide they want to be in a treatment centre to be looked after, fed and watered, to avoid being alone and to have a nice Christmas dinner and company with no real intentions of actually undertaking the real rehabilitation process and hard work that is required. Our referral and phone enquiries always go up in December, usually and mainly for this reason, so we have to be very alert and aware in the assessment process as these clients can do a lot of damage to the genuine clients’ rehabilitation journeys.

For anyone dealing with chemical dependency, the choice to spend the holiday season in treatment can feel like a very difficult one to make. While choosing to begin treatment in a supportive environment at this time takes a person away from family, the benefits of a safe detox, abstinence from drugs and alcohol, and a supportive recovery community make the choice far more effective than attempting to remain sober alone.

The long holiday season can present additional challenges for someone struggling with chemical dependency on drugs or alcohol. It’s likely you’re spending more time with family members and may not have the coping strategies to handle the pressures of being around them sober, especially if the topic of your chemical dependency comes up frequently.


Risks of Delaying Treatment during the Holidays

  • Increased amount of interaction with family members aware of your addiction
  • Increased access to alcohol at family events and other social gatherings
  • Increased risk of legal consequences stemming from abuse of drugs or alcohol
  • Demands on managing sobriety alone with no recovery community
  • Lack of safe options for detoxing at home

Social situations with friends and family present a variety of risks related to addiction. Many people needing treatment may face the expectation of celebrating the season with alcoholic beverages. In addition, handling sobriety alone while around family members who are aware of your addiction can lead to abuse of drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with the pressures of these relationships.


Benefits of Treatment during the Holidays

  • Removing yourself from the places where access to drugs and alcohol is most common
  • Providing a drug-free and alcohol-free environment
  • Providing a safe way to detox with the help of medical personnel
  • Supporting your recovery with a community of people around you
  • Learning how to celebrate big occasions without the influence of drugs or alcohol

Spending the holiday season in treatment for chemical dependency provides numerous benefits to you. At a time when staying sober while maintaining your regular lifestyle can be challenging, making the choice to begin treatment during the holidays interrupts that pattern of behaviour and gives you access to a safe way to detox, a community of people ready to provide support during your recovery, and abstinence from drugs and alcohol for the duration of your treatment program.


How Do I Plan for Treatment during the Holidays?

Just like recovery, planning for treatment during the holidays shouldn’t be done alone. Silkworth Lodge’s residential rehabilitation programme is abstinence-based and uses the 12-step programme of recovery. It is tailor-made to you and includes cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational enhancement and relapse prevention through a personalised care plan counselling in a safe, therapeutic environment, specific workshops, assignments, group therapies, fitness and nutrition.

We understand that going into residential treatment can be daunting. It’s unknown territory for most. Silkworth Lodge offers a safe, caring and confidential environment where your wellbeing is our utmost priority. We treat everyone with respect and dignity and give you the opportunity to start looking at yourself in a safe, supportive environment, perhaps for the very first time in your life.

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