Self-Advocacy in Recovery During the Holidays 

Self-advocacy can offer feelings of self-empowerment, increase your self-esteem, and support your recovery. In his famous hierarchy of needs, American psychologist Abraham Maslow reported “esteem” as the second highest need. All humans have a need to feel respected, including the need for self-esteem and self-respect. Low self-esteem, on the other hand, is frequently a major…

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Holiday Support Series: Gratitude and Service Work

The holiday season can bring stress, depression, and anxiety for many. With the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, financial uncertainty, and fundamental changes to family and social traditions, many feel particularly overwhelmed this year. The recovery community, in particular, requires additional support during this time. Recovery Ways is committed to being a part of the…

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Holiday Support Series: How to Cope With Depression and Loneliness

The holiday season is traditionally difficult for many, but with the dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, financial uncertainty, and fundamental changes to family and social traditions, many feel they are nearing a breaking point. The recovery community, in particular, requires additional support during this time. Recovery Ways is committed to being part of the solution.…

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Thriving Despite Holiday Blues

Let’s face it. Drinking, drug abuse, anxiety, and depression soar over Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. The holidays can be stressful under normal circumstances. With the 2020 triple pandemic (COVID-19, social/racial injustice and mental health), and election fatigue, the risk for holiday blues is even higher. The good news is that during this time…

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