Winter is the most severe season – the weather turns colder and darker, plants wither away, animals hibernate. However, it’s a necessary phase in nature that allows for new life to blossom in the spring. For many cultures, winter is a time of introspection and celebration where we look back over the past year at our failures and successes, and look forward to the new year and its possibilities. That is why winter is a big time of year for addicts to seek help and get sober – the season signals the ending of one chapter and the beginning of another. Below is a roadmap that you or someone you know who struggles with addiction can use to help get sober in the new year.
The Holidays Are Over…Now What?
Holiday celebrations are often a source of joy but it can be challenging for addicts because of temptations or old environments that trigger a relapse. Excessive partying not only can lead to hangovers, but also increased negative feelings like shame and hopelessness. These feelings then lead the addict to seek out more drugs or alcohol to numb the pain, continuing the vicious cycle. But this year can be when that cycle breaks.
Change can be overwhelming, but we’re here with you every step of your journey to a sober, happier life. Before we discuss the benefits of our drug and alcohol treatment programs, there’s something we need to discuss…mistakes, or more importantly, how to deal with them.
Don’t Dwell On the Past
Beating yourself up over the mistakes of the past year (or years) won’t do you any good, but seeking professional help will. As we’ve discussed in previous articles, addiction is a learned behavior where the addict “learns” that a substance helps them cope or makes them feel good. Unresolved past trauma or depression and anxiety, is much more likely to be the root of addiction than the alcohol or drugs alone.
Dwelling on the past feeds into negative thought patterns that tricks us into thinking we’re worthless, a screw up, unlovable…which then pushes us toward drugs and alcohol to make ourselves feel better. This is because our society unjustly shames addicts for acting like addicts by judging and isolating them. However, we’ve seen that cutting off addicts as “tough love” often doesn’t work in the long run. Humans crave connection, and when we deny connections to addicts, they will seek that connection elsewhere through drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, etc.
Getting clean on your own can be tempting because you won’t have to expose your vulnerabilities and shame, but isolation doesn’t deal with the root of the addiction.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Dr. Brené Brown, shame researcher, author, public speaker
See how our addiction treatment programs in beautiful West Palm Beach can give you a safe place and the tools needed to face your darkness – and discover your light.
Benefits of Professional Addiction Treatment in West Palm Beach FL
We offer several drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation programs that are adapted to our patients’ needs. Our programs are designed to help you learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices to maintain lifelong sobriety. Below are some of the biggest benefits of getting help from our addiction treatment center:
- Free from distractions and old environments that trigger a relapse
- Personalized attention
- More privacy so you can focus on treatment
- Less likely to give up
- Specialized services for co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
- Loved ones included in treatment and recovery process
- Comfortable, welcoming environment with year-round tropical weather
Our addiction treatment center in South Florida is different than other places in the country because we offer more therapeutic activities that incorporate nature, like adventure therapy, yoga/meditation, painting, and more. Whichever program and services you choose, you will have a supportive community behind you through every step of your journey.
Learn more about our addiction treatment programs at Rally Point West Palm Beach to see how we can help you get sober not only for the new year, but for life.