Addiction Recovery During Holidays is hard. For the individuals who struggle with addictions, the holidays can be a very difficult time of the year. Many have lost loved ones around this time which causes them to fall deeper into their addiction. Others struggle because of not having the money to purchase gifts because of what they have spent on their drug of choice. This causes a lot of guilt resulting in falling deeper once again in their addiction. It becomes a vicious cycle: guilt, usage, more guilt, and more usage. It can seem never-ending to the addict. When the holiday season is supposed to be a time of family and celebration, it is often a time of rejection and disappointment for the typical addict, which drives them even deeper into their addiction.
The holidays can be hard for the addicted
The rate of suicides, violence, drug overdoses and automobile accidents increases significantly during the holiday time according to Surveillance for Violent Deaths. The majority of these incidents are directly connected to drug and alcohol abuse, especially by individuals who are trying to deal with the stress brought on by the holidays. In a study from the Centers for Disease Control, it was discovered that most suicide victims also tested positive for illicit drug or alcohol use directly before their death. According to this study, the following things were related to overdoses and deaths during the holiday season:
• 33 percent of cases involved the consumption of alcohol
• 16 percent of suicide victims had tested positive for using opiates
• 9 percent had used cocaine prior to their death
• 8 percent used marijuana
Addiction Recovery During Holidays is Possible!
This is why we do NOT close the door on our RU meetings during the holidays. You never know when someone who is struggling is going to attempt to go to a meeting for some help and if no one is there to help him or her, they may not make it through the holiday season alive.
There is hope for the addict. RU Recovery Ministries has seen many victories in the past 21 years. RU Recovery is a faith-based addiction recovery program that has witnessed thousands who experience recovery without relapse. Don’t let this holiday season pass you by this year without knowing there is HOPE. This could be the first step in having complete victory over your addiction.
If you, or someone you know, struggle with an addiction, don’t let this holiday season pass without getting help. We are here to help and we do have the solution ready to give… to you!
Affordable Residential Discipleship is Available this Holiday Season!
Real Recovery Starts Here: The RU Schools of Discipleship are like a greenhouse for Addiction Recovery. Don’t delay your recovery because of the holidays. Get the help you need and give your family the peace they deserve this season.
Apply between October 23, 2017, and November 30, 2017, for a 50% Discount on Tuition for our program. Visit ruhomes.org, Call Toll-Free 866.733.6768
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Bro Tim–very good article//very informative and challenging.
God bless your work there at RU Hq.