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Whether you’ve started your holiday shopping or not, the holidays are upon us, and this time of year is all about giving. Giving a gift is a great way to show someone that you care, especially if that someone is facing a particularly difficult season of life.
If one of your friends or family members is enrolled in a transitional housing program, you can bet that some days will be more difficult than others for them. Addiction recovery is an ongoing process that can be extremely rewarding but also challenging. If you’re looking for a gift that will encourage and support a loved one in recovery, look no further than the Eudaimonia blog. Here are 10 great addiction recovery gift ideas for the recovering addict in your life.
- Personalized sober journal
A sober journal is a great tool for any person in recovery. It can serve as an outlet for self-expression and creative writing, it can be used to record thoughts and feelings throughout the day, or it can be used for note-taking in IOP and/or recovery support sessions throughout your loved one’s sober living program. There are countless ways to use a journal in addiction recovery and a personalized one will be even more special.
- Engraved jewelry
Jewelry like rings, bracelets, or pendant necklaces can serve as daily inspiration and encouragement, especially if they are engraved with a date or quote that carries a personal significance. Whether you engrave a simple bracelet with the date of your loved one’s sobriety anniversary or give them a pendant necklace engraved with an inspirational quote, every time they put that piece of jewelry on they’ll be reminded of their commitment to sobriety and all the people that support them.
- Essential oils
Even while enrolled in a transitional living program, individuals in recovery may still struggle with bouts of anxiety and depression. Essential oils can be used in a number of different ways to help relieve stress, encourage relaxation, alleviate pain, balance hormones and more. A few bottles of essential oils and a book on how to use them could provide lasting benefits for months and years to come.
- A recovery book
If your loved one likes to read, a recovery-oriented book might be a great way to encourage them in their sobriety journey. Below are some of the top-rated substance abuse recovery books on Amazon and elsewhere:
- “The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System” by Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer
- “Codependent No More” by Melody Beattie
- “Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions” by Russell Brand
- “What’s Left of Us” by Richard Farrell
- “An American’s Resurrection: My Pilgrimage from Child Abuse and Mental Illness to Salvation” by Eric Arauz
- Sobriety phone case
Most people look at their phones dozens of times a day, so why not give your loved one a gift that will remind them of their sobriety every time they pick up their phone? Spend a few minutes on Etsy and you’ll find dozens of cool phone cases with empowering sobriety quotes or sayings. If your loved one is currently in rehab, he or she may not have access to his or her personal cell phone, but a loved one who is enrolled in a transitional housing program is likely to enjoy and use this gift on a daily basis.
- A donation in their name
Individuals in addiction recovery often learn the importance of serving and helping others throughout their time in drug and alcohol rehab. If this is something that your loved one values, he or she might appreciate the gift of a donation made in their name to an organization or charity that they support.
- A DIY kit
Boredom could leave your loved one feeling anxious, depressed, lonely and without purpose, jeopardizing all the hard work they’ve put into their recovery thus far. If your loved one is struggling to find ways to occupy his or her free time, a DIY craft kit would be a great gift that may encourage them to get out and try something new. Plus, DIY craft kits aren’t just for kids anymore—there are plenty of kits out there that are designed for adults who are interested in trying something new. Some examples include:
- DIY terrarium kit
- DIY perfume kit
- DIY gardening kit
- DIY pottery kit
- DIY candle-making kit
- DIY hot sauce kit
- Yoga essentials
Many people in recovery first try their hand at exercises like yoga or tai chi while they’re in drug rehab. For some who continue to practice yoga on their own at home or at while staying at a sober living home, yoga may become a way of life. If your loved one has become a regular yogi, they may really appreciate a new yoga mat, grippy socks, a pair of yoga pants, or a cool stainless steel water bottle to stay hydrated.
- Homemade gratitude jar
If your loved one appreciates homemade gifts more than anything, you might consider making them a personalized gratitude jar. A gratitude jar is a container that contains little notes about things you are grateful for. Each day, your loved one can write a quick note and drop it into the jar. These little notes can do wonders to brighten up a dreary day down the road when they feel depressed or anxious. To get started, simply use a glass mason jar, wooden box, or another unique container to create a personalized gratitude jar for your loved one.
- A special day full of fun activities
If you know your loved one would prefer quality time over a gift, why not plan a special day just for them? Choose a day that’s convenient for them and fill it with all the things and activities they love the most. You could even create a special itinerary, plan a fun treasure hunt, or surprise them with each activity along the way. Either way, they’ll definitely appreciate the fact that you set aside an entire day to spend with them.
If your loved one is enrolled in a sober living program this year for the holidays, he or she may enjoy one of the addiction recovery gift ideas listed above.
Eudaimonia Recovery Homes operates several sober living homes and apartments across the country for adult men and women in recovery. Please contact us today for more information about our transitional housing programs and additional recovery support services.