The quickly approaching holidays can remind us that time with family can be both cherished and stressful! Thanksgiving poses a unique challenge of balancing gratitude and painful triggers for those who struggle with addiction or an eating disorder. Well-intending loved ones may inadvertently bring up difficult topics or traditions for those in recovery during this holiday. This may include memories and shame surrounding past holidays. If you notice a difficult topic or phrase come up, you can try support your loved one in recovery by redirecting the conversation to inclusive topics or gently educating them about more inclusive language. For those with eating concerns, try not to comment on other’s plates or appearances. If these topics do come up, remind each other that the purpose of the day is about togetherness. Practice gratitude that your loved one is trying their best in recovery. The important thing is that you’re together!
Written by: Tally Moss