Recovery from substance abuse can be difficult, especially when it comes time for the holiday gift season. As others attempt to out-do each other by purchasing the latest gadget or hottest toy of the season, you may feel pressure to keep up.
Instead of focusing on material possessions, focus instead on the meaning of the season, to show love, thanks and gratitude for those who have made and continue to make a difference in your life. We’ve put together a list of inexpensive, but terrific and thoughtful gifts that anyone would be happy to receive!
Gifts From Those In Recovery From Substance Abuse
- Handmade Stationary. The art of letter writing may be lost, but as anyone in recovery from substance abuse knows, the most meaningful gift we can give each other is the gift of friendship and love. Making stationary is easy, even if you aren’t crafty or handy. Purchase inexpensive blank note cards from a dollar store. Then stamp, print or draw a design on the front of each card. If you art skills aren’t fabulous, print out a meaningful quote in colored ink and carefully glue it to the front of each card.
- Homemade Cookie Jar. This is a great idea, especially for families with kids. Wash and dry a used pasta sauce jar from your kitchen. Fill the jar with all of the ingredients needed to make your favorite holiday treats. Carefully write the recipe on a tag and attach it to the lid of the jar with a piece of ribbon. Cover the lid with a scrap of fabric. It’s a thoughtful gift that is also a great activity, especially if you are rebuilding relationships during your recovery from substance abuse.
- I Appreciate You Because… There’s no better way to remain on the path to recovery from substance abuse then to focus on the positives in your life. Why not make a board for a loved one to hang in their kitchen that can be filled in each day? Purchase an inexpensive mirror from a dollar store and some permanent markers. Decorate the mirror as you wish and on the mirror glass write “ I appreciate you because” or “I love you because” attach a dry erase marker to the frame of the mirror and each day write a new reason that you appreciate, love or are thankful for the people in your life.
- Personalized Coupon Books. During your recovery from substance abuse you may yearn to feel useful to your family and friends, especially if things before your addiction treatment were difficult. Rebuild their trust and respect by putting together a personalized coupon book for your loved ones. Write out “chores” or activities you will do for or with them to help make their life easier. Everyone can appreciate some help!
- A Special Date. You don’t have to be romantically involved with someone to plan a special day or outing. Plan a day that involves special time with those in your life that you want to be a part of your support network during your recovery from substance abuse. Plan a day at an ice skating rink or a day at the beach with no cell phones or outside interruptions. Spend the day making your relationship the most important part of your life. Everyone wants to feel special and loved, a special date or activity can show those in your life just how far you’ve come and just how much you mean to them.
Recovery after substance abuse can be a confusing time for many people, especially during the holidays. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or has relapsed, please call us today. Substance abuse counseling, relapse prevention strategies and behavioral therapy as part of a comprehensive aftercare program can help an individual overcome substance abuse. Destination Hope is a full service drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida for men suffering from substance abuse issues.