Not long ago a friend and yoga teacher said something like, “If you think you’re enlightened, spend a weekend with your parents.” Getting together during the holidays can be pretty stressful on many levels. For people raised in the chaotic environment of addiction, or for those who will be with loved ones who are actively abusing substances, it is often more of a relief to get the holidays over with than a joy to experience them.
It is tempting to continue to put off dealing with a loved one’s addiction. School, jobs, sports, and other commitments seem to take precedence. Waiting for someone to ‘hit bottom’ can make the life of the addict’s family even more unmanageable as they jump through hoops to try to normalize the situation.
At The Coleman Institute, we offer the first step for people to start their lifetime of Recovery. It is extremely difficult to stop using opiates without suffering severe physical symptoms. In early recovery it is also easy to slip when triggers and stressful situations (can you say holidays?) abound.
During December and early January, we will have pretty typical holiday hours for our family practice, but we always see people right through the holidays who are going through a detox. Many people cannot afford to take regular time off work, and this allows working people and students a chance to get clean without disrupting their lives, and the lives of their families too dramatically.
If you’d like to get details about this, please call our office at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869). It may be your best holiday in a long time.
- Joan Shepherd, FNP