The new year is traditionally a time to set new, healthier and happier living type goals for yourself - a chance to take a look at the past year and set goals for the new one. If you’ve been thinking of combining New Years resolutions with Alcohol Rehab, here are some things to consider.
Why Wait? Get A Jump Start And Start Reducing Now.
You’re contemplating Alcohol Rehab for the New Year - but why wait until January 1? Start now by reducing the amount of alcohol so New Years hard stop is less stressful.
To do this during the holiday season when social drinking is a popular activity will take planning.
Here are a few tactics that can help:
Keep track of what you’re drinking. It’s easy to keep refilling a glass without remembering how many times it was filled.
Holidays bring out anxiety, stress, and feelings of isolation. Don’t let these emotions be the reason you drink. Instead, try heading to the gym or taking up a new hobby.
Attending a holiday party? Arrive late and leave early. If everyone has already arrived and mingling, they won’t pay as much attention to whether your glass is full, or if you decline a drink.
Make a plan for the holiday get-together - decide on a limit before you arrive.
Plan a support system - know who to call for encouragement. Share your goals so your support system can help you meet them.
Instead Of Reducing, Starting Alcohol Rehab Treatment Now Is Even Better
Research shows the longer a person waits to seek treatment, the more likely they are not to follow through with treatment (US National Library of Medicine). Not to mention, the sooner into treatment, the sooner you get well and the better the whole experience.
Minimizing and rationalizing alcohol consumption during the holiday is popular. It’s easy to find reasons not to stop drinking during a season when parties and social get-togethers are at their peak.
What does rationalizing drinking looks like? Comparing to others. For example:
"I’m not as bad as so-and-so"
"My partner hasn’t kicked me out yet"
"I don’t have any DUIs"
The problem is, if you continue - this is your path.
Getting started now means getting the education, skills, and/or medication needed so you don’t end up with natural consequences like legal issues and relationship issues.
If you or a loved one are considering Alcohol Rehab and want to know more, or want to schedule an evaluation, feel free to contact us.
December 5, 2019