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A Recovery Minded Thanksgiving

sober-holidaysWith Thanksgiving only a week away, it is time for people in recovery to begin thinking about what their day will look like. Holidays can be quite difficult for people in recovery, especially those who are new to the program. A lot of feelings and memories can arise, which can be hard to work through. It is ever important to stay connected with one’s support network and keep to the normal routine as much as possible.

For whatever reason, people in recovery tend to look at the holidays as being somehow different than the other days of the year. Fortunately, that is not the case! The tools of recovery work 365 days a year – vacations and holidays are no exception.

It is important to remember that you are not alone, many people in recovery struggle during the holidays; but, it is possible, together, to get through the day without picking up a drink or drug. Having a list of phone numbers you can call, no matter the reason, can save one’s recovery. If you find yourself in a recovery threatening situation, pick up the phone and call your sponsor; a simple phone call can break the kind of thinking that may be leading to relapse. If for some reason your sponsor doesn’t answer, leave a message, and immediately call the next person on your recovery support list – someone will answer.

It is important to attend your “home group” during a holiday, making yourself present will help reaffirm your place in the community. People in recovery draw strength from each other, even if you are not struggling you may be able to help someone who is having hard time.

Here are several tips you can use to help you over the holiday:

  • Plan Out Your Day Ahead of Time: Having a plan laid out will minimize the chances of finding yourself in a risky situation.
  • Get To A Meeting: Over the course of the day, there are meetings happening at the top of every hour.
  • Volunteer: Recovery events are always held during the major holidays, offering to help out is a sure way to get out of your head.
  • Remember H.A.L.T (Hungry.Angry.Lonely.Tired): Be conscious of how you are feeling, if any of the aforementioned feelings arise – take action!
  • Support: Make sure to leave the house with your cell phone. If you don’t have one, carry a list of phone numbers you can call for support.

Synergy Group Services would like to wish everyone a safe and sober holiday!
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At Synergy Group Services we offer individualized treatment plans for addiction recovery.

Social Media and Addiction Recovery

soberlifeSocial media is an integral part of people’s lives, especially young people who are apt to share with the world what they are about to do, or have already done. It is quite common for young adults to share what took place over the weekend, including parties where excessive drinking took place. On the other end of the spectrum, many young people in addiction recovery use social media to connect with other active members of the community. A new study has examined when social media and recovery line up, TODAY reports.

Recovery.org conducted a study which involved Instagram and getting sober. The novel study tracked various recovery related hashtags (#s), examining over 79,000 posts from all 50 states. The researchers found some interesting results.

The top recovery hashtags in order:

  • #SoberLife
  • #Sobriety
  • #Sober
  • #SoberLiving
  • #AlcoholicsAnonymous
  • #NarcoticsAnonymous
  • #12Steps
  • #WeDoRecover
  • #RecoveringAddict

The top three states that mentioned recovery the most per capita (1:100,000) on social media:

  • Utah 144.4
  • California 70.8
  • Florida 34.3

While Utah mentioned recovery the most on Instagram, it only has the fifth most meetings of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous per capita in the U.S., according to the article. On the other hand, California had nine times as many people in rehab as Utah. The study cannot account for why people in Utah are more active online about recovery.

“In terms of science, we’re at the very beginning of it,” explained Dr. Warren Bickel, director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and founder of the International Quit and Recover Registry. “One of the amazing things about the field of addiction is that we don’t rigorously study people in recovery…and we can learn a lot from them.”

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At Synergy Group Services we offer individualized treatment plans for addiction recovery.

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