Best Gift Ideas For Those With Drug And Alcohol Addictions

Now we’re in 2021, birthdays and other events will be coming, which can make gift giving a difficult process for those friends and family members who are around addicts and yet, still want to give them something meaningful, useful and with the minimum possible risk of misuse or abuse.

Whether it’s a holiday/annual event such as Christmas, a special occasion or a birthday, you may be wondering what to buy for that friend or loved one in your life who has been or is in recovery for a substance use disorder (drug or alcohol addiction).

Asking what they want can be problematic because the gifts they may ask for could be related to their substance use, or even make their addiction worse. If they ask outright for something directly related to their substance use disorder, such as money, drugs, alcohol or drug paraphernalia, it could lead to a conflict at a time when you want to strengthen and celebrate the occasion with them rather than weaken or damage your relationship with them.

These suggestions will help you to not only give them something that can be of practical use to them, but also strengthen your relationship with them by showing you care, love and support them without coming across as patronising or pushy

How To Appreciate The Little Things In Addiction And Recovery

Appreciating the little things in life means that you focus your attention on what nurtures and sustains you in life. On everything and anything that brings you even the smallest amount of pleasure. It also means practicing gratitude by noticing these everyday things that you may otherwise take for granted so easily.

Because we are going through so many major changes in active addiction and early recovery, it can be somewhat difficult to hone in and focus on being grateful for the small stuff.

This article will help you to better appreciate the little things that we may take for granted when life gets hectic and rocky by providing you with hints, tips and strategies to include this into your daily life and activities.

10 Tips To Reduce Your Alcohol Intake

You may be thinking it’s time to take control of your drinking, prepare yourself for a detox, want to become sober or even just to reduce your alcohol intake, whatever the reason, following the tips and techniques below will help you to successfully achieve your goals.

These tips and techniques will help you to reduce your alcohol intake. Find out all you need to know here!…

Gratitude Lists – What Are They And Why Do I Need One?

Gratitude can be defined as “a feeling of thankfulness for a benefit that an individual has received”. In our article, we guide you through what a gratitude list is, what they could contain, ways of creating your own and explain all of the positive ways that using a gratitude list will have in your life. This is one not to be missed!

Being S.M.A.R.T When Planning Goals And Targets In Addiction And Recovery

When you first enter recovery, your goals may simply revolve around getting through a single day without using or drinking. But once you’re past the initial stage of quitting a substance, setting goals for short-term and long-term abstinence helps you stay focused on recovery while improving your life on many exciting fronts! Find out how to create SMART goals & how these can improve your life and the things you want to achieve.

How And When To Tell Others That You Have An Addiction And 60 Ways To Say No!

Knowing how and when to tell others you’re an addict, in your own time, is vital in your recovery. Knowing what to say and how to say it will ensure that you’re always in control. Do you know how to say no? Find out how to say no and find 60 ways to say no so that you can add them to your mental library of recovery tips and tricks.

Creating Bucket Lists In Recovery

Christmas delivers it very own set of challenges for the recovering being; it seems that everywhere, everyone is making merry and having a cheeky little tipple of their favourite sauce, families must be dealt with, presents must be bought, things must be done…done…DONE. We… MUST… Make… Christmas… Fabulous – aaargh! It may make you wantContinue reading “Creating Bucket Lists In Recovery”

Creating And Implementing A Daily Plan And Routine In Recovery – The Ultimate Guide

Not to be confused with a relapse prevention plan, this guide will help you plan your daily life in recovery to maximise everyday life and the opportunities that arise within. If you were enrolled in a residential drug and alcohol rehab, you probably became accustomed to waking up early, having breakfast, meditating and attending dailyContinue reading “Creating And Implementing A Daily Plan And Routine In Recovery – The Ultimate Guide”

The Second Stage Of Recovery – Early Abstinence From Substances

The toughest part of trying to recover from alcohol and/or drug problems comes during this stage when a number of issues make it difficult to focus on learning to live a life of abstinence and recovery and make trying to stay clean and sober a struggle. It is the second of four stages of the recovery process as defined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. You can find the tools, techniques and information you need to overcome these obstacles here in this article!