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Monday, December 7, 2015

The Season of Giving: Gift Ideas for Newly Sober Friends

gift ideas for sober friends Stumped about finding a just-right gift for a friend or family member walking through addiction recovery? Ask yourself: How can I help them redirect their time toward constructive activities? How can I remind them how proud I am of their sobriety accomplishment? With questions like those in mind, here’s a list of possible gift ideas that will bring joy to your sober friend this holiday season:

An acupuncture or massage gift certificate. Many recovering drug or alcohol users benefit from acupuncture or bodywork, since it eases withdrawal symptoms, promotes relaxation, and flushes toxins from the body. Choose a well-reviewed medical clinic in your area, or opt for a spa that offers a variety of treatment options. Your friend or loved one can select the healing experience that is most appealing to them.

A personalized coin or pendant. Websites like Etsy and Zazzle offer hundreds of sobriety gifts like personalized medallions, key rings, and jewelry pieces. Include a Bible verse, personal note, or inspirational quote that reminds the recipient of how strong they are—and how far they have come.

A customized sobriety journal. Journaling is particularly cathartic during addiction recovery, and chances are it has been recommended as part of your loved one’s therapy program. Visit websites like PaperSource or CafePress to create a custom journal design that inspires them to write about their sobriety journey and document their future dreams and plans.

Lessons. Your friend or family member will need to fill their sober hours with activities and diversions, and you can give them a healthy start. Purchase a gift of music, cooking, art, or golf lessons. You may want to attend the class with them and learn something new, yourself!

Magazine subscription. Everyone enjoys mail, and magazine subscriptions give people of all ages something to look forward to each month. Websites like Amazon have hundreds of magazines in dozens of categories, from sports and gardening to politics and current events.

The Gift of Addiction Recovery
Before you decide on a present, remember that the most important thing you can do for your friend or family member is to spend time with them, offer support during their recovery journey, and love them unconditionally.

If someone you know is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction but has not taken steps to get help, Hope Academy offers residential, outpatient, and sober college programs. To speak with a member of our team or begin the admissions process, contact us online or call 866.930.4673.

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