For those of us who live in Michigan, the snow in early November this year was a disappointment (at first). It did a number on our autumn color tour adventures. And the yellow and orange trees dusted with white were a bit disorienting. But the melancholy we feel when the leaves begin to change always foreshadows the winter wonderland to come. And the holidays are coming!
If you are in recovery, new to recovery, or thinking about addressing a substance use disorder, the holidays can present a challenge. We’ve put together three articles to help you beat the blues, plan ahead and prepare. The best of Excursions:
The holidays present a whole slew of stressors, including financial pressure, over-commitment and the expectations of hosting a “perfect” event. For individuals new to recovery, the holidays may also present a surplus of triggers. Celebration of any kind, be it a birthday, promotion, or end of the week meet-up, often includes alcohol. (We’re reminded of [read more…]
There are many wonderful things about living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. But, and there is a but, the winters are long. A lot of the awesome things to do are currently buried beneath a crazy quilt of variations on white: snow, ice, ivory, cream, pearl, vanilla, ghost, milk, cotton, sugar…. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real issue [read more…]
This is a good time to talk about the role of the family in recovery. It’s the Thanksgiving week and let’s face it – holidays are wonderful, but getting together with far-flung relatives can push every emotional button. Especially for those in early recovery. Last Sunday I had the pleasure of sitting in [read more…]