Tis' the season of gift giving, celebrations, lights and cheer. That's right, the holidays are here! Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, getting stumped on what to buy your loved ones goes back to the early days of these traditions. It can also get worse, especially if you're like me, because I like to put thought into the gifts that I give. I try to purchase things that already have a builtin connection with the person receiving it. That's why you'll hardly ever find me giving someone a gift card, unless it's to Starbucks - since everyone needs coffee!
That being said, if you have a friend or loved one who is in recovery from a substance abuse problem, finding the right, meaningful gifts might prove to be a little harder than usual. After all, you probably share a close bond with this person and understand their vulnerabilities and trigger points. You probably want to give them a gift that has some sort of personal meaning, or maybe something inspirational, or even something with some humor in it.
In today's post, we're going to share a list of recovery gift ideas that should provide you with lots of inspiration so your loved one in recovery will know how much you care about them. Searching for Columbus OH drug rehab and alcohol treatment? Legacy Freedom can help! Call today for holiday help!
Holiday Gifts for Recovering Addicts
Books - Books make great gifts for anyone, especially for addicts in recovery. Here are a few reasons why and some ideas on what kind of books you should consider. First off, you have so many different types of books to choose from. You can even give multiple books as different gifts. After all, there are books that make you laugh, ones that make you cry, inspirational books, ones with lots of pictures, and many different types of cookbooks. So, as you can see, your gift ideas are endless when you turn to books.
I'd like to suggest that you at least get your recovering addict friend a nice cookbook with many healthy recipes. When a person becomes sober, learning how to eat better by cooking nutritious meals is important. This way you can show support and possibly even try out a few of your favorites together one afternoon.
Apparel and Accessories - Everyone needs clothes, but when it comes to your recovering friend, they might need something a little different. Many recovering addicts might be out of work and looking for a new job, or starting a new job soon, so taking the time to getting them something useful and practical will mean a lot. I actually love giving and receiving practical gifts as well. There is nothing better than getting something from a loved one that you really need and can use.
So if you know someone in recovery that is looking for work, or just starting out, think about getting them a nice dress shirt, blouse, fancy dress belt, computer bag, or other practical clothing item that they can use.
Gym or Yoga Membership - This is another great gift idea that will make anyone happy, including recovering addicts. Everyone needs to get exercise and this is even more important for recovering addicts. Exercise can help fend off triggers by filling up large gaps of time to avoid boredom, it will also give you something more intense to focus on, instead of thinking about drinking or doing drugs, furthermore it's just good for you.
Yoga is especially helpful for recovering addicts. Yoga is not only great exercise, but it is also very calming and peaceful. At Legacy Freedom, we actually use yoga as part of our Columbus OH drug rehab and alcohol therapy plans. Our patients seem to love it and find the exercises soothing to the soul. Most yoga studios typically offer trial memberships as well. They should also offer week, two week, month, and longer packages for both beginners and advanced students.
Music - Music can be inspirational. For some addicts in recovery, music might be the only thing that gets them motivated to exercise, or accomplish other daily tasks. Others find music to be soothing and the only way to relax after a long day. There is also specialized music, such as holiday tunes or religious bands. And of course, there is music for fun and dancing. Just find out what kind of music your friend likes, and pick them up a few CDs if you're old school, or buy them a digital copy through your favorite online music provider.
If the person you're getting the gift for is a loved one, you might also think about making them a mix CD that's personal to your relationship and filled with songs that bring back happy memories.
Tickets to a Show - Plan a sober date night and get tickets to a good show that you both have been wanting to see. You can choose to go see a movie, a play, a musical, go to a concert, check out a comedy routine, or even take in a sporting event. Just be aware that this one could be a little risky as alcohol might be around and available, so play it safe and bring along as many sober friends as possible. There is always strength in numbers.
Gadget or knickknack - Get them something that they can hold in their hands and play with. A few good examples would be a stress ball or small handheld game or puzzle, like a Rubik's Cube. Just be sure to get something that is non-drug related.
Remember, the holidays are a time for celebrating with our loved ones and being appreciative of the things that we are lucky enough to have. If you do decide to give gifts to someone battling addiction, we hope that this list will help you. Good luck and Happy Holidays!
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