Almost everyone if affected by the holiday blues at one point or another. The blues may be even more severe when you are in a methadone treatment center. The daily grind of counseling sessions and methadone drug treatment easily gets tiring and depressing especially around the holidays and according to the National Library of Medicine, methadone acts as a depressant in some people. There are a few things that you can do to handle the holiday blues when you are in a methadone treatment center.
Talk to Others
Chances are the others in your program are in the same boat as you. The old saying misery loves company, is not necessarily true. It should be modified to say company in misery helps lift the misery. You are doing to things when you talk to others in your treatment center. You are doing something besides focusing on yourself and you are helping someone else. Both of these things can help lift your mood.
Helping at the facility is good for your state of mind and your wellness. It relieves boredom and allows you to feel a sense of accomplishment that might be lacking in your life without opiates. Sometimes helping out serves as a much needed distraction and distraction is one of the best things for depression.
Volunteer to Help Others
Volunteering is a great way to beat the holiday blues whether you are in a methadone clinic or not. By helping others you feel a sense of accomplishment and peace. You might find your own pain is swallowed up by helping others find the joy of the season.
Remember you are Not Alone
There are many others in your exact same situation. Actively remembering you are not alone can help the holiday blues. There are hundreds of thousands of people who are depressed around the holidays, you a certainly not alone in that. Thousands of people take methadone for opiate addiction and chronic pain, many of them are in the same situation you are. It helps to remember that you are not alone in your struggles with both opiates and the holidays.
Try to Get Into the Holiday Spirit
One of the hardest things to do when you are depressed about the holidays is to participate in the holiday activities. If you can bring yourself to do it decorate something, hang some Christmas lights, or read Christmas stories. Holiday activities are uplifting in themselves and can help you beat the holiday blues.
Participate in Holiday Activities
If you are in a residential facility, they will have activities planned for the holidays. Although you might not feel like it, participating in them can help lift your spirits and distract you from your dark depressing thoughts. Most of the activities rehab centers create are designed to do just that.
For more information on how to handle the holiday blues when you are in a methadone center, call us at 800-530-0431.