How To Support Your Alumni During the Holidays

Fall is the favorite season of many, and for good reason. The changing colors of leaves, crisp air, and the holidays. Unfortunately, this time of year also brings a barrage of triggers for your patients and alumni.

We recently polled our clients to see how they support their patients and alumni around the holidays. 

#1: Host An Alumni Event

Hosting events is a great way to provide support and fellowship for your alumni during the holidays. Many holiday events are full of triggers for people in recovery, and hosting events during this time can be a much needed reprieve for those who need it.

#2: Volunteer Opportunities

Creating volunteer opportunities for alumni at your facility can provide not only a place for them to go when the pressures of the holidays get overwhelming, it also allows them to provide help and support for others in need, from someone who understands what they’re going through.

#3: Email and Share Strategies With Your Patients and Alumni

Email a steady stream of tips and strategies to help your patients and alumni enjoy a less stressful holiday season.

Here are a couple great tips we learned:
  • Don’t go! You are under no obligation to attend any holiday event where you may feel uncomfortable or that has too many triggers. Your recovery is more important.

  • If you have to go to an event with alcohol, get a non-alcoholic drink and carry it around with you the entire time - people will be less likely to pressure you to drink or ask you why you aren’t drinking.

  • Be prepared. Have a few short responses at the ready for people who ask you why you aren’t drinking.

  • Spend time with people who support your recovery.

  • Start new traditions! It’s never too late to create healthier traditions during the holidays.

  • Remember the spirit of the holidays and volunteer. Giving back to the community is a sure way to boost your spirits.

Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season!