Preventing loneliness in recovery this Christmas

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1 December 2015

Some people may need extra support in their recovery over the festive period, which is why sharing positive messages and coming together around Christmas is so important for us all this time of year.

Everything can feel very chaotic in the run up to Christmas, and no one in recovery should feel alone. Being there for each other is the best way to build new traditions and spread positive messages of hope, generosity and recovery. Over the next four weeks, through Phoenix’s ‘Recovery at Christmas’ activities, over 60 drug and alcohol services will celebrate Christmas together.  

Karen Biggs, Phoenix Futures CEO, said: “We know that for people in recovery Christmas can be a vulnerable time. We want to ensure that Phoenix service users celebrate what they have achieved in their recovery and stay safe. For many of our service users this will be the first time in many years they have celebrated Christmas drug and alcohol free.  What better way to demonstrate the spirit of Christmas than supporting each other in recovery."

Planned activities over the next month include ‘The Great Christmas Card Swap’, sharing Christmas video messages on social media, Christmas decoration competition, and discussing new ways to help combat negative feelings around Christmas and New Year.

We will be sharing stories and pictures of the celebrations and activities on social media and the Phoenix Futures’ website. If you are a service user at Phoenix please ask about our Recovery at Christmas activities, and please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see what Christmas has in store for Phoenix.

Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).