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The Gift of Recovery

The holidays are a time to reflect on the past year, to hope for a better future, and to pray for the safety of your loved ones as we face all our challenges . If substance dependence has taken over your life or the life of a loved one, you may be approaching the holiday season with a sense of dread. You may think you will never get another opportunity to savour that special holiday experience. It is likely that you've come to feel that such times are no longer possible in your life or in your family. As painful as this time of year can be, there is always hope. Make 2023 the year you give the ultimate present to yourself or a loved one: the gift of recovery.

Here are five reasons why recovery is the best festive gift you can give this year:

  1. Enjoy every moment spent with your loved ones. Recovering from substance use/misuse allows you to clear your mind and reconnect with your authentic self, so that you can enjoy the little things that bring you joy and happiness.

  2. Your family will know you are safe. Loved ones only want to know that you are safe, happy and healthy. We know that going to treatment around the holidays might be difficult. However, when you do, it is not just for yourself but for the many people that love you.

  3. Create new happy memories. With the help of treatment and a new outlook on life, you can create new, happy memories with the people you care about. Your presence and sobriety are the most dynamic factors, as they allow for endless possibilities.

  4. Learn to celebrate sober. Treatment and recovery will allow you to learn how to enjoy yourself without the use/misuse of substances.

  5. Mend and rebuild broken relationships. The most important thing you can do in your recovery path is to work on repairing relationships, even if it takes some time and effort. As you continue to work on yourself, your loved ones will see your efforts and their trust in you will return, allowing you to rebuild and mend relationships.

Finding the courage to ask for help may be difficult, but all we ask is that you take the first step. Throughout your healing process, we will be there to support and assist.

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