The Holidays are Over… 
Now, What’s Your Excuse?

Rehab after the holidays

Christmas 2018 has officially come and gone and left tight belts, grown waistlines, and a bout of heartburn that’ll take a week to handle. It’s also, unfortunately, left many families in complete shambles after an addict ruined their holiday celebrations… again. Or worse yet, was found overdosed in the bathroom before dinner. If you think this is a far-fetched concept, think again. Christmas Day, just like any other day, takes no break from addiction. People around the country, unfortunately, lost their battles with addiction today because they just had to wait until after Christmas to go to rehab. Or their families just desperately needed to have them there because it could be grandma’s last. And those people are wondering what went wrong.

At Christmas dinners around the nation, an addict passed out in their plate, another sold her body for another bag, so she didn’t get sick while she was with her family, and a father passed out on the couch after too much whiskey and Xanax. Addiction showed its ugly head just like it does each and every other day out of the year and now that the Holidays are over, there are absolutely no excuses for not going to treatment and getting help for addiction.

I’ve heard every excuse in the book when it comes to why a person can’t go to rehab right now.

  • “I’m gonna wait until after the Holidays.
  • “I’ll go after my birthday.”
  • “I’ll go after Thanksgiving.”
  • “I’ll go after the summer.
  • “I’ll go when school is over.

There are probably a million and a half excuses a person can make to not go to treatment right now when, in reality, there’s absolutely no excuse!

If you’re addicted to heroin, coke, meth, or whatever else, you need to go treatment now because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if you keep making excuses, you’ll never make it through the doors of a treatment center… and then what? Jails? Psych wards? Graveyard? Probably.

Go to treatment now!

Go to treatment now! I hate to break it to everyone, but there’s literally never a convenient time to drop everything and check yourself into a drug and alcohol treatment center. It’s always going to be some sort of momentary or monetary inconvenience but what’s that compared to the possibility of getting your life on track and moving in the right direction and stopping being an absolute liability to everyone around you?

The point is, pick yourself up by your bootstraps, go talk to a family member and ask for help. Don’t do it later, don’t do it tomorrow, do it now, because now is all we have. The past is gone and tomorrow isn’t a promise. Get help, get detoxed, get treatment, figure your issues out and go make something of yourself. Let’s ring in the New Year with a clean, fresh slate. You can create anything you want. Why not create a future by getting clean and quitting the excuses.

So, the Holidays are over… Now, what’s your excuse?


Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 11 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.