Tis’ the season for safety at Project Recovery! As we roll into the Christmas season excitement and anxiety fills the air. The holidays are a hard time for most people in early recovery, so this year at PR we are all about safety first! We are starting of this holiday with education and planning on how to deal with the many fears and emotions that come up during this vulnerable time of year. Whether it be family, old friends, or just the memories of past holidays gone wrong helping prepare the women in our house to celebrate this holiday safe is the best gift I can think to give them. Every month we do an activity together as a house to strengthen bonds, and build the support between the women.
This month we are going to pull out the Christmas decorations, make new decorations of our own, and build holiday “first-aid” kits that the women will take home for Christmas as their safety nets! One of the women in the house carried over this “first-aid” kit idea from her treatment center in California, and we love it! I am going to help the women fill their kits with inspiration and recovery education from favorite quotes, the big book & 12×12 excerpts, phone numbers, and step-by-step safety plans for various situations. The plan is for them to take these kits with them when they go home for the holidays, and to pull them out when they feel the anxiety come on, or are placed in a dire situation where using would have normally been their solution. Although I will be just a phone call away, along with other PR staff, we want them to get in the habit of using the “tools” we have taught them to stay safe, and get out of situations that could lead them to use if one should present itself.
We encourage everyone, in all stages of recovery, to get preventative plans set in place, and to share these plans with their sponsors and peers. We all know that it starts with one alcoholic helping another alcoholic, so lets all come together and really step this up this time of year. We at PR are trying to make a difference, and would love to hear how you all are too. Happy holidays from us to you, may everyone be safe and merry this time of year, through the new year!