In a recent article on Thrive Global, Awakening Co-Founder and Executive Director David Van Der Velde, discussed the unique challenges that people in recovery face during the holidays.
The holiday season can be a precarious period for those who are either in early recovery or who are continuing to struggle with active substance addiction, according to the NIH (National Institute of Health).
For those in their first year or two of recovery specifically – and regardless of the recovery path selected – research shows that the supportive connection and community of peers is essential for sustaining long-term recovery from substance addiction.
He also points out that, for anyone, finding a way to be of service to others within the recovery community will always bring relief, plus it’s a way to practice self-care. Becoming “other” thinking is a powerful way to take the opposite action and get out of one’s own head. Plus, it can often provide the relief needed when tough times arise during the holidays.
Read the article here.