Sobriety in the New Year

The New Year symbolizes a time for fresh starts. Everyone is making resolutions to better themselves in the coming year, so it’s no surprise that many people decide to pursue sobriety. Starting a new year with the decision to find sobriety and heal lifelong wounds is a very courageous decision. Usually, though, simply making a resolution is not enough. This is true even with non-addicts. But the good news is, there are steps to take that can significantly aid in reaching and maintaining sobriety.

The Holidays Offer Lessons for Recovery

By Lynn Litschke, Chaplain/Spiritual Care Provider at The Meadows

‘Tis the season of celebration. The landscape of our everyday lives is transformed with the glow of candles, the jingle of bells, the fragrance of pine and spice, wrapping paper and ribbons, feasting and festivity. There is a touch of magic in the air.

Yet for those of us in recovery this can also be a difficult season fraught with triggers, painful memories, and feelings of being disconnected and flawed. In the midst of it all are opportunities to lean solidly into our spirituality and discover new understandings of ourselves and of the season.

Eating Disorder Treatment During the Holidays

The holidays can be an especially difficult time for women struggling with eating disorders. Many of our traditions and celebrations are centered around food. And, the additional pressures and obligations that often come with the season can intensify the unhealthy behaviors and coping mechanisms associated with the eating disorders.

Finals and Anxiety with Eating Disorders

Many college students are preparing for their holiday breaks, which means finals are just around the corner. Exams and finals cause a very natural level of stress for the majority of college students, but for some, exam periods can trigger the development of or a relapse in eating disorder behaviors. Unfortunately, female students are particularly at risk for engaging in these harmful behaviors.