The annual Holiday Season is usually considered to span from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, and with Christmas now behind us, there is less than a week until one of the biggest (and most dangerous) party nights of the year. Although these are mostly filled with times of joy, celebration and community, for many families the Holidays also serve as a reminder or revelation that a loved one is in need of help for some form of substance abuse.
Many addicts wind up drinking more or using more drugs during the Holidays, as they can bring back memories of difficult times from their past, produce guilt of their current problems or they simply feel the need to escape from the pressures they’re facing in their lives. This increased alcohol and drug use winds up being especially dangerous, not just in the form of intoxicated drivers, but also the higher risk of overdose.
Unfortunately, far too many families miss the opportunity to intervene on their loved ones during this time of year. They mistakenly believe it is better to not talk about it, but this form of enabling only makes things worse for the addict whose shame and guilt continue to stack up. Additionally, hardcore addicts often take the money received and buy drugs with it, or pawn their gifts to go buy drugs.
The common co-dependency characteristic of “not wanting to rock the boat” by addressing substance abuse issues only further compounds the problem. Since many families are still together right now, it’s not too late to hold an intervention and give the greatest gift of all – life – to loved ones who are struggling to survive. Contact Family First Intervention today to find out how you can turn a potentially disastrous Holiday Season into one filled with hope for a brighter future by getting your loved one into treatment.