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Substance and alcohol abuse can rob you of your life. Rebuilding after drug and alcohol abuse treatment can be a long but rewarding journey. Holiday gift time can be a bit awkward when you are trying to rebuild your nest egg after substance and alcohol abuse, especially if your family members like to give big gifts or gifts to everyone. Instead of feeling caught up in the holiday materialism, use your recovery to focus on what matters the most, the gratitude and love you feel for those around you who have supported you. The same ways you express gratitude to yourself for your own hard work during substance and alcohol abuse recovery can be used to shower friends and family with love during the holiday season.
Forget trinkets from the drug store that fill a stocking one day and hit the trash can the next. This holiday season, give gifts with meaning. Write a letter to a person who has supported you directly or indirectly during your recovery. Explain to them in words what is sometimes hard to explain in person, how grateful you are to have their support, how their support has helped you, and how, with their support, you have been able to give yourself the best gift of all – recovery from substance and alcohol abuse.
No matter how old your loved ones are, they will love a gift of your time. Make time-honored and adored coupon books with housework or errands that your loved ones can cash in during difficult times. Or make gift certificates for a day of fun with your loved ones, or some much needed one on one time with your spouse or children. Your time is more meaningful than any drugstore trinket and the memories you create will be stronger and longer lasting than any material gift.
You probably don’t realize it, but for many of your friends and family, having you around and watching your recovery from substance and alcohol abuse is probably the best gift of all. Love yourself this holiday season and take time out of the chaos to attend your regular meetings and therapy sessions. Don’t let your recovery slide during the holidays; your friends and family will be happy to see you grow stronger and more dedicated.
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If you or someone you love is having problems dealing with substance and alcohol abuse, it is time to speak with someone at a substance abuse rehab program. There is plenty of time to seek treatment and still start 2013 in control and on a path to recovery. Treatment for alcoholism and other addictions can be very successful at helping people reclaim control in their life and live a happier, healthier and more productive life. The first step to dealing with alcoholism or alcohol abuse is to recognize the signs, symptoms and behaviors associated with the disease of addiction. If you or a woman you love is suffering from substance or alcohol abuse, please call us today at 1-866-808-7111. Destination Hope: The Women’s Program is a full service addiction and women’s health treatment facility in Florida for women who suffer from substance abuse and behavioral health issues.