Perhaps you have a loved one in recovery, and you want to support them this Valentine’s Day by getting them something they will cherish for years to come. Since Valentine’s Day is often centered around champagne/wine and romance, gifts surrounding these topics may not be best for your loved one’s mental and physical health. Valentine’s Day can cause much mental anguish for those in recovery who do not have significant other, as societal pressures denote that Valentine’s Day is strictly a “relationship holiday”. However, there are many ways that you can support your loved one in recovery by gifting them with things that uplift sobriety and mental wellness this Valentine’s Day; gifts that will motivate and inspire your loved one to continue working hard on their journey to recovery:
- Customized wallet inserts – this is a simple way to send a message to your loved one that they can keep with them wherever they go. You can create a message to inspire and uplift them so that whenever they open their wallet or book, they have a small note from you to motivate them to keep moving forward.
- Customized jewelry – necklaces, bracelets, and rings are a wonderful way to show your loved one you care while also supporting their recovery. You can have words engraved such as “Keep moving forward”, “Very loved”, “Never giving up”, and more to serve as little reminders your loved one will see throughout the day as they are wearing it.
- Books/movies that promote recovery – there are many options to choose from regarding reading material or movies to watch that promote mental health and wellness. Find something that your loved one would enjoy and give it to them as a subtle message of inspiration to keep pushing through.
- Tickets – whether it be taking your loved one to an art class, a play, a museum, or bowling, your loved one will appreciate being in a stress-free environment where they can focus on their sobriety and having fun in a healthy way.
There are so many ways that you can treat your loved one in recovery. It’s the thought that counts – even making something simple like a card could mean the world to someone who is fighting everyday for their mental and physical health. The National Eating Disorders Association denotes the importance of support from friends and family for those in recovery. Even if you cannot give a gift, giving your time and support could be the best thing for them as well.
New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery treatment centers. We believe in holistic recovery, meaning that our licensed, experienced health care team will work closely with you to help you develop tools towards restoring and rebalancing your mind, body, and spirit. Make the decision to place your recovery as top priority today; call us at 888-316-3665 for a consultation.