Celebrating the New Year When You’re in Recovery
- Friday, 27 December 2013 06:00
Family Guidance Center
During the New Year season it can feel like the whole world is celebrating. A person living in recovery from alcohol dependency or alcohol addiction may feel strong temptation to have just one drink on this one special night because they don’t want to feel so alone.
The truth is that not everyone is drinking on New Year’s Eve and a person with alcohol dependency or addiction can rarely stop with just one drink. Instead, all the memories of past New Year’s celebrations will tempt them to re-live the pleasures of years gone by.
It’s important for the person in recovery to deal with this ahead of time. There may be fun memories, but that is not the whole story. It’s vital to not romanticize past drinking. It is also important to develop a plan before you attend a New Year’s Eve party.
Parties often mean mingling with people who drink, and perhaps even those who used to participate with you. Old friends who still consume alcohol may try to pressure the one in recovery to be part of the gang once more. A firm and repeated “no” is usually all that is needed, but it’s important to be prepared. This is a time to make use of a sponsor or sober companion. Take that person with you if you must go to a party where alcohol will be served.
It can be helpful to attend extra support group meetings around New Year’s. Staying focused on the prize of freedom from alcohol addiction or dependence can be the motivation for making better decisions. Family Guidance Center offers professional help at Addiction Treatment Services, including group and individual help on a flexible schedule. Call them and become part of a group now before the season gets in full swing.
And remember, there are plenty of people who will be celebrating the start of the New Year without alcohol. Join with them to ring in the New Year and maintain your focus on a high-quality, addiction-free life.
National Recovery Month Observed in September
- Tuesday, 03 September 2013 06:00
Family Guidance Center
September is National Recovery Month, a time to celebrate the gains made by those in addiction recovery and to educate the public regarding how treatment plans and mental health services are helping to transform people’s lives each day for the better. For 24 years now, Recovery Month has been a period set aside to honor the achievements in substance abuse recovery.
Created in 1989 and originally known as TreatmentWorks! Month, the observance was initially meant to commemorate the work of professionals in the field of addiction recovery. In 1998 the name changed to National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month), and the observance grew to also honor the positive strides made by those individuals working through substance use disorders. Two years ago, the observance evolved again to incorporate all elements of behavioral health and is now celebrated as National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).
This year Recovery Month focuses on the elements of prevention as well as the many paths to treatment and recovery. Each of these together plays an important role helping to strengthen the potential for a rewarding and healthy life.
There are currently over 200 government organizations at all levels that have joined in partnership with various charitable organizations committed to furthering prevention as well as treatment and recovery services. Together they comprise the Planning Partners’ group which aids in awareness and the distribution of materials and promotional materials. These resources are then distributed to communities to help reach out to those in need.
Recovery from substance abuse can and does happen. Recovery Month helps spread the message that together we can make a positive impact on the lives of others by making programs for prevention, treatment, and recovery more accessible to the public.
Overcoming substance abuse and the process of recovery is not unlike managing chronic physical health problems such as diabetes or hypertension. For over 100 years Family Guidance has been working to eliminate stigma associated with substance use and other mental health disorders. To find out ways you can support your local community during Recovery Month, or if you know someone in need of substance abuse treatment, contact Family Guidance.