Spring Forward: Benefits of Starting Rehab in the Spring

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Is there a “right” time to start drug detox in California?

The only “right” time is now. Putting off treatment delays the recovery process and worsens the addiction. However, we know that starting a treatment program generally doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that involves admitting the problem and finding a rehab center that meets your needs.

Now that spring is almost here, you might be wondering what benefits there are to starting a recovery program today. Fortunately, spring is an excellent time to start treatment and increase your chances of long-term sobriety. Let’s explore some of the reasons why the next few months are conducive to a healthy recovery.

The Holidays are Over

Even though it’s best not to wait to seek sober living in Pasadena, we know that many people delay it around the holidays. Families are overwhelmed as it is, so getting their loved one into a treatment facility can be too much to think about. Also, some families hide the addiction and don’t want to explain their relative’s absence to anyone.

Addicts, too, struggle with going to rehab over the holidays. Many want to remain in their homes and take part in family traditions. Sadly, the excess drinking that takes place over the winter holidays can deepen the addiction in a short amount of time.

By spring, the holidays are over. Families are usually under less stress and can be more supportive to their loved one. Addicts can also take a step away and focus on their own health without missing out on the holidays.

It’s Tax Season

The cost of rehab in Pasadena California is always a prime concern for individuals and families. More and more treatment centers are accepting private insurance, such as Blue Cross Blue Shield or Aetna, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. However, not all do yet, and sometimes insurance only covers a portion of treatment costs.

The spring is tax season, and you could be getting a sizeable refund back. According to the IRS, the average American gets about $3,050 back in tax refunds. This money can be used to pay for treatment costs. Even though it won’t cover all of inpatient treatment, it can pay for the initial costs of the program and the rest can be financed.

Also, for some people, open enrollment for insurance starts in the fall. You know what insurance you have now, and it’s possible you’ve already met your deductible. Between your insurance and your tax refund, paying for rehab may be more possible now than ever before.

Plan for a Sober Summer

The summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but addicts are often unsure of how to do this without drugs and alcohol. If you’re worried about what another summer could do to your body, it’s time to make a change. By starting Pasadena drug treatment today, you can be well into your sobriety by summer.

There will be challenges, as you will still be going through your early months, but you’ll be able to actively enjoy the summer and not be a slave to your addiction. Just think of the many things that you can take part in by being sober and present. Summer vacations, camping adventures, trips to the beach and so much more. Most importantly, you will be building positive memories that will replace the negative ones.

Explore Your City

If you live in or around Pasadena, you have a world of opportunities at your fingertips. Being right outside Los Angeles, you can be a tourist in your own city and explore new restaurants, museums, theaters and more. Perhaps you’ve lived here all of your life and never got a chance to see these sights.

Outside of Los Angeles, the possibilities don’t end. Drive the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. Spend a day at one of our pristine beaches. Or, trek up north to the mountains and redwood forests. We have it all, and spring is the perfect time to do this.

Be Ready to Start School in the Fall

If you want to continue your education, starting your alcohol recovery in Pasadena in the spring will allow you to return to school in the fall. You can get your GED or finish taking college courses. We recommend working with an academic counselor so that you know what you need to do to stay on track with your goals.

College can be stressful, so it’s important to be strong in your recovery before taking on this pressure. By giving yourself the entire summer to work on your recovery, you should be ready to start taking classes in the fall.

Plan a Sober Vacation

As a newly recovering addict, you may be hesitant to travel with friends or family. Consider booking a sober vacation with people who are also working on their recoveries. There are dedicated travel and cruise companies that provide these vacations for individuals and families. Take one of your best friends along, or extend the invite to those in your 12-step groups.

The benefit to taking a sober vacation is that the environment is alcohol free. When traveling with friends or family, it’s difficult to guarantee this. It’s not uncommon to have mimosas with breakfast and happy hour before dinner. So, choose a destination that appeals to you and use this time to grow in spirituality. You won’t be tempted to use drugs or alcohol because they won’t be there!

Get the Freshest Fruit and Vegetables

In the spring, there is greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables. As it is, California produces 80% of the fruits and vegetables in the U.S., so we’re already ahead of the game in this way. No matter what time of the year it is, you can always find something to buy locally. But, as the temperatures warm up, more produce becomes available, including cherries, cucumbers, kiwi, kumquats, new potatoes, onions and strawberries.

Why does having fresh fruits and vegetables make a difference? In recovery, it’s important that you eat nutritious foods that nourish your body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. You’re not going to get this from processed foods, so you need fruits and vegetables. By getting enough of these minerals into your body, you can promote healing.

Start Your Spring Recovery Today

The sooner you get help for a drug or alcohol addiction, the better. And, you don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom to seek outpatient rehab in Pasadena. Substance abuse is easier to treat when it’s not as severe. Now that spring is here, you can enjoy all the benefits that come with this season, such as a renewed sense of purpose, beautiful weather and a sober summer to plan for - and remember.

To start your recovery, contact Pax House Recovery at 877-837-5403. Our calls are confidential and free.