Addiction and alcoholism seem to take over the entirety of one’s life. When a loved one enters treatment for recovery from addiction, alcoholism, and a co-occurring mental health disorder, it can be difficult to think of what their life will be like after. Giving gifts to a loved one in recovery can at first seem daunting. However, there are hundreds if not thousands of things they can use! Drugs and alcohol are the smallest part of one’s recovery.
Recovery is about learning how to live a whole new life, gain a deeper, more profound understanding of oneself, and connect more deeply to the world. Through recovery, a loved one is discovering who they are, what they like, what they don’t like, and what passions they have.
- Books about recovery, spirituality, personal development, and self-help
- Clothing with inspirational sayings
- Pieces of home like a candle with a nostalgic scent, a family photo, or a favorite holiday item
- New clothes which are comfortable for being in treatment
- Money for specific uses, for example, a grocery store gift card, department store gift card
- New journals, coloring books, and supplies for creative expression
- Non-refundable tickets to visit home at specific dates
- Love, encouragement, kindness, empathy, and compassion
- Books about using, drinking, partying, and reckless behavior, unless there is a theme of recovery and rehabilitation in the end
- Clothing featuring branding from alcohol brands or recreational drug substances, such as marijuana
- Triggering holiday memorabilia, or reminders of difficult holidays past
- Old clothes from one’s past, unless asked for specifically
- Large sums of money that can be used for any purpose, like buying drugs or alcohol
- Old journals or supplies which might have hidden drugs, money, or triggering memories
- Travel vouchers which could be used to run away, leave treatment, or refunded
- Guilt, anger, shame, blaming, and resentment
The most important thing you can give a loved one in recovery this holiday season is your love and support. Around the world, thousands of struggling addicts and alcoholics spend the holidays alone, continuing to suffer. Remind your loved one of the tremendous and life saving job they are doing by seeking help. If this holiday season calls for a loved one to enter treatment, call Aurora Recovery Centre today. Our dual diagnosis treatment centre welcomes men and women seeking treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Call us today for more information, 844-515-STOP.