Recovery: A Safe and Sober ThanksgivingNovember 24, 2020
At Whitman Recovery Service, we would like to wish everyone in recovery a safe and sober Thanksgiving week. We understand that significant holidays can be challenging for people working a program. This Thanksgiving is even more difficult due to COVID-19.
If you have been following the pandemic news, then you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has cautioned against gathering with people outside your household during Thanksgiving. You may also understand that traveling can increase the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.
Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. On Thanksgiving, you can attend 12 Step meetings virtually to stay connected with the Fellowship. There will be thousands of options available to find support during this challenging day of the year.
Emotions run high during the holiday season, which can derail your recovery and jeopardize your progress. Please do everything in your power to keep in touch with your support network during these unusual times. Even if it feels like protecting your health runs counter to safeguarding your program.
Protecting Your Recovery
It’s possible to protect both your health and recovery. Follow CDC guidelines and stay plugged into the recovery community. Always remember that you are not alone.
Please be sure to reach out to your peers this week—especially on Thanksgiving. If you are struggling, remember that help is always a phone call away. Conversely, one of your peers in early recovery may be having a hard time.
Reaching out to a fellow member of the recovery community could help prevent a relapse. It’s vital to keep in mind that relapse rates go up during the holiday season. Seeing as many of us will be alone this Thursday, anything you can do to stay connected is crucial.
Plan out what the coming days will look like and stick to your routine. Having a schedule is ever essential during the holidays. Having structure is vital to relapse prevention. Just because you cannot assemble in person doesn’t mean you can’t keep your recovery intact.
Remember to give thanks for all the good things in your life today because of your recovery. Make a gratitude list and refer to it whenever you feel frustrated or upset; doing so will lift your spirits and keep you moving forward.
Intervention: Helping Your Loved One
2020 has been a trying year for most Americans. Many more people than usual have turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the anxiety and depression linked to the pandemic. It’s possible that you have a loved one who is struggling with drugs or alcohol, and they require assistance.
A professional intervention can help your friend or family member get on the path toward a life in recovery. The holiday season is as good a time as any to break the cycle of addiction, which is a step that often starts with an intervention.
Whitman Recovery Service can help you organize and stage an intervention in the coming days or months. Putting off reaching out for help isn’t beneficial for the addicted individual or their family.
Please contact us today to learn more about our team headed by a nationally certified intervention professional. We have decades of experience helping families who have loved one’s battling addiction. We stage interventions throughout the United States, and we are a telehealth provider for addiction and mental health guidance.