Getting Sober in 2021

For most of us, 2020 was not a banner year. That’s why now, more than ever, we need a reset. While you may not be able to control what happens in the world, you do have the power to make critical changes in your own life—starting with getting sober.

Take Control of Your Physical Health

No matter where you are in the world, you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. And while this season has been difficult for everyone, it is particularly challenging if your health is compromised—including by drug and alcohol addiction.  

According to the World Health Organization, alcohol use weakens the immune system and thus reduces the ability to cope with infectious diseases. In fact, a study revealed that patients with a recent diagnosis of substance use disorder were at significantly increased risk for COVID-19. Not only that, but COVID-19 patients with substance use disorder also had significantly worse outcomes for hospitalization and death than general COVID-19 patients.

If ever there was a time to get sober and healthy, the time is now. By going to rehab and committing to recovery in the new year, you can put yourself in a better position to fight diseases like COVID-19. When you’re substance-free, you can enjoy a stronger immune system, more restful sleep, and increased energy. Luxury rehab centers can also help you develop an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits, which provide the support you need for a successful recovery and a healthy life.

Take Control of Your Mental Health

While COVID-19 has threatened our physical well-being, it has also taken a toll on our mental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of anxiety disorder and depressive disorder increased considerably in the United States from April through June. Many people have also started or increased substance use to cope with stress or emotions related to COVID-19.

And then there was the 2020 election, which led to high levels of anxiety across party lines. For those already struggling with mental health issues, stressors like partisan politics, racial tensions, and the ongoing pandemic have added fuel to the fire.

That’s why it’s so important to leave 2020 behind and get sober in 2021. A rehab center can help you detox from drugs and alcohol and begin your journey to recovery. With dual diagnosis treatment, you can work through co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. And if you choose a luxury rehab center, you can focus on healing in a private, comfortable setting designed for maximum tranquility.

Take Control of Your Emotional Health

Of course, 2020 has also made its mark on our emotional health. Months of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders have led to an increase in loneliness and lack of accountability. From working remotely and homeschooling children to losing jobs and loved ones, we’ve been faced with unprecedented upheaval. It’s no wonder that tempers are running high and emotions are raging.

And drugs and alcohol don’t help the situation. Substance abuse changes the brain, leading to emotional instability, poor decisions, and impulsive behavior. Using substances to help you deal with stressful situations actually makes you less able to handle the pressures of life.

But you can escape the vicious cycle of addiction. At a luxury rehab, you can discover tools and techniques to regulate your emotions and cope with stress. Holistic treatments such as art and music therapy provide a healthy means of expressing your emotions. And activities such as meditation and yoga can help you regulate your mood and gain the perspective you need to stay grounded.

In a world that seems out of control, it’s important to focus on the things you can control. Make 2021 the year you choose sobriety.

Don’t let politics or the pandemic stop you from achieving your recovery goals. Contact our trained admissions counselors at (888) 984-5288 to learn more about getting sober at Beachside Rehab’s luxury treatment center.

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