As the year comes to a close, many of us have the pleasure of being able to look back at a very successful 2018. For some of us, we transitioned from addiction to treatment and sobriety. Others gained the courage to get treatment and are now making incredible progress through their treatment programs. Whichever situation we’re in, it’s important that we don’t let up on our recovery progress simply because it’s the holiday season.

As The Big Book says, recovery is lifelong, and even if we aren’t actively in treatment, we should constantly be making an effort to encourage others to get treatment and spreading the good word about the recovery community.

For those of us that are in treatment, these last few weeks of the year mark the perfect time to get started on New Year’s resolutions early. Let’s resolve to open ourselves up more, to be more malleable and willing to dig deeper to uncover the maladies lurking deep inside. The Big Book says that honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness are the pillars of recovery. Is there more we can do in treatment so that the strategies we’re taught will be even more effective? Can we resolve to share more about our own struggles so that others can apply the solutions to their own lives?

If we’ve recently graduated from treatment, let’s use these last few weeks of the year to reach out to someone we know or think may be struggling with addiction. If we aren’t close to them already, we can use the holidays as a great way to get to know them better. Invite them to a casual meetup with alumni friends, or let’s start a conversation about our own experiences with substances and recovery to encourage them to open up more. There are a ton of incredibly innovative ways we can use the holidays to encourage just one person to get help!

The end of the year is a perfect time for us to bolster our progress in the recovery process and meet even more people to invite to the treatment community. If you’re struggling with addiction, the holidays are also a great time to get the help you need. Thrive Treatment is a premier outpatient addiction treatment center with the tools you need to learn how to shed addiction for good this holiday season. Call us at (888) 975-8474 to get started with Thrive right now!