Holidays Past & Time-Honored Tips – Best of Excursions

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We’ve all made it through a pared down Thanksgiving 2020. And we’re on to December’s festivities. One good thing about the holidays this year, is that we are dealing with smaller, more intimate groups. For those in recovery, new or long-term, it takes the worry out of attending a large gathering. Or having to “explain” why we are drinking/serving mocktails. (Or why we are so well behaved this year?).

 

Looking Back on Holidays Past – Best of Excursions

But, even among your social bubble, it is a good idea to set boundaries, watch for triggers, and know when to say, “No.” We present three time-honored articles from December 2019, that address tips for navigating the holidays. What a difference a year makes … but some things stand the test of time.

 

Addiction and Navigating the Holidays – eightWest Interview

with Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC, Sanford Founder

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What is the most wonderful time of the year for most people can feel like a marathon for those in recovery. Particularly those in early recovery. The key is to anticipate emotional pitfalls and put some self-compassionate bubble wrap around yourself.

 

 

Welcoming the Sober Holidays – 10 Tips to Make them Manageable

by Marilyn Spiller

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You may be tempted to join the children’s table if your adult loved ones are in the “party” mood. And with your clarity of mind you will definitely win the Scrabble tournament. Sober holidays are tailor made for good old fashioned fun. If things get stuffy, head outside for a walk or go for a short drive to clear your head. But take the time to stop and think about your life giving recovery. And have fun.

 

 

Letting Go in Family Recovery (Happy Holidays!)

by Carli Noffsinger, LMSW, CAADC

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Our gift to you is this anonymous statement entitled, “Letting Go”.  We share this statement with family members of current clients at the first session of our family education series. And along with the statement, we want to offer specific methods of “letting go” as well.

 

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During the holidays, stay connected with telehealth options at Sanford! Call for more information.

 

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Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.