The Thanksgiving holiday is usually a difficult time for someone who has just completed rehabilitation for drug and/or alcohol addiction. For many families, holiday celebrations and festivities center around alcohol. For this reason, recovering alcoholics and drug addicts often face increased incidences of depression and stress between November and January. So how can you turn this time of year into a time of victory rather than one which tempts you to reach for your Drug of Choice (DOC)? We have a few ideas.
Even in the midst of recovery, holidays such as Thanksgiving can be turned into fun occasions and cause for celebration. But the desire to stave off a relapse may require a change of plans and a hefty dose of willpower. We know you can do it, since both are possible with hard work and a little creativity – which you obviously have, since and you have already come so far!
Did you know that November is National Gratitude Month? As Thanksgiving approaches, most of us realize that thankfulness should color the way we look at the world. But gratitude shouldn’t be relegated to November. In fact, psychologists believe that reaping the many benefits afforded by an attitude of gratitude requires embracing the emotion every day of the year. What’s more, gratitude does not exclusively relate to religion. No matter your theology, a thankful heart offers a wide range of perks. In fact, among the many physical, psychological, and social benefits of gratitude is optimism – which helps manage the challenges and stress which so often precede addiction.