While the idea of spending Christmas in rehab for alcoholism or drug addiction may feel depressing and far from “merry,” circumstances leading up to being admitted to rehab could be a matter of life and death. Christmas is often spent having festive meals, unwrapping gifts, watching holiday movies, and visiting family. This is how many feel it is “supposed” to be, but due to unfortunate circumstances, holidays at home with the family may not be in everyone’s best interest, especially for an alcoholic or addict with their life in ruin.
When Jesus walked on the troubled water towards His disciples in the boat, Peter asked if he could come out and meet Him. The Savior said, "Come."
Without hesitating, Peter left the boat, walking on the water just as Jesus was doing. But before Peter could make it to Jesus, he lost faith and began to sink, crying out to the Lord to save him.
As parents, we teach our children to be polite, follow the rules and have manners. They learn words like, “yes, please” and “no, thank you”. We hold them responsible and instill boundaries. No, you can’t have more ice-cream. No, you can’t have candy before bed. No, you can’t stay up late. Kids are unique and for some, being told no is enough. But not every child is willing to settle for no. There are those who will persist. They learn to manipulate their parents at a young age. Come on, mom. Pretty please! Let’s face it. At three it’s kind of cute. At 23, not so much.
This is a parody and should be sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
One of the more influential types of inpatient counseling for drug addiction is family therapy, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This makes Christmas and holiday visits with your loved one in inpatient rehab even more important. If you have a friend or loved one in rehab during the holidays, a visit is one of the most important things that you can do for them. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to know how to act around someone recovering from drug or alcohol addiction and even more strange when they are still in inpatient rehab.