As the holiday season approaches, a time of joy, celebration, and merriment, it’s essential to recognise the challenges that may arise for individuals on the path to recovery from addiction. At Salt Recovery, we understand the complexities of this journey and aim to provide support not only during ordinary days but also during the festive season, which can be particularly challenging for those in recovery.
The Rise in Alcohol-Related Incidents:
The Australian Alcohol and Drug Foundation reports a staggering 50% increase in ambulance attendances for intoxication during the Christmas season. The pressure to partake in social drinking can be overwhelming, making it crucial for individuals to embrace the power of saying ‘no, thank you.’ It’s a simple phrase that holds the strength to protect one’s recovery journey.
Saying ‘No, Thank You’:
At Salt Recovery, we advocate for the empowerment of individuals to assertively decline offers of alcohol or drugs. It’s not just a refusal; it’s a declaration of commitment to one’s well-being. Saying ‘no’ doesn’t diminish the holiday spirit; rather, it enhances the resolve to stay on the path of recovery.
The holiday season is often rife with triggers that can challenge recovery efforts. The pressure to conform, memories of past celebrations, and the general atmosphere of indulgence can create a cocktail of emotions. It’s essential to recognise and address these triggers proactively. Whether managing your triggers is informing your family and friends, whether your comfortable about them drinking around you or not, open communication is a key to recovery. Through the holiday season, continue with your recovery journey, identifying and managing triggers as they appear.
Salt Recovery’s Holistic Approach:
Salt Recovery specialises in a holistic approach to mental health and addiction recovery, encompassing both drugs and alcohol. Our commitment to comprehensive care is reflected in our remarkable 22% relapse rate, a stark contrast to the industry standard of 70%. This success is a testament to the effectiveness of a holistic approach that considers the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of recovery. During the silly season, if you are facing triggers or in fear of relapse, please reach out. A simple conversation may be what you need. Knowing that you are not alone is another.
Celebrating Without Compromise:
Recovery doesn’t mean sacrificing joy; it means finding a healthier, more sustainable form of celebration. At Salt Recovery, we encourage our clients to explore new traditions, connect with support networks, and embrace the joy of the season without compromising their commitment to sobriety. Whether it’s indulging in too many prawns or Christmas cookies, alcohol and drugs do not define you, your well-being and joy does.
This holiday season, let us foster an environment of understanding and support for those on the path to recovery. Saying ‘no, thank you’ is a powerful act of self-care, and at Salt Recovery, we stand beside our clients, empowering them to navigate the festive season with grace. By embracing our holistic approach, individuals can celebrate the holidays without compromising their journey towards lasting recovery.
At Salt Recovery, we are dedicated to helping our clients change their lives for the better, to find out more about our services and programs, please contact us today.
Love, the Salt Recovery Family x