In the U.S. the #1 health problem isn’t cancer, heart disease or even obesity. It’s addiction. One in 12 adults have an alcohol problem and the numbers are higher for illegal drug use and prescription pill abuse. Chances are you or someone you know struggles with an addiction of some kind.
Thanks to AA and other substance abuse recovery programs, more Americans are getting sober every day. For someone who has beat an addiction, every day of sobriety is something to celebrate. Reaching sobriety milestones – 30 days sober, 6 months, 1 year and beyond are major accomplishments for recovering alcoholics or drug addicts. Programs refer to these milestones as anniversaries or birthdays.
Is your sister celebrating her 1-year sober birthday? Maybe your husband has been clean for 10 years. Your son might have come out of rehab a new man who you’re so proud of him for making the commitment to clean and sober living.
Recovery gifts are a wonderful way to show your support for your friends and family members who struggle with addiction.
Get them something besides a chip or a coin to express how important their sobriety is to you. Some gift ideas include:
♦ Engrave a family bookmark to thank your husband or wife for choosing family over addiction.
♦ Personalize a Big Book wooden memory box and fill it with notes of all the good times you’ve enjoyed together since your mom or dad has gotten clean.
♦ Customize a new beginning money clip with an engraved congratulatory message for your son or brother.
♦ If you’re a sponsor, engrave your phone number on an I’m A Phone Call Away gift to remind him or her that you’re always there for them.
♦ Or, if you’d like to thank a sponsor for getting you to your sobriety birthday or anniversary, add a thank-you note to a coffee clip magnet or other unique recovery gift.
Gifts include Kyle’s exclusive etched metal designs that are symbolic of new beginnings and recovered families, such as the sunset, tree of life, cross, Big Book and more. Every item is handcrafted and customized with your color choices and many gifts can also be engraved. Personalize a sobriety night light, keychain, locket, pill box, ornament, jewelry box or other meaning gift for someone you love. Click Shop Recovery Gifts for Kyle’s exclusive selection of sobriety themed products.
Meaningful Sobriety Quotes
“AA is not for people who need it, its for people who want it.”
“If you’re not moving away from a drink you’re moving closer to it.”
“Sobriety is a journey; not a destination.”
“Call your sponsor before, not after, you take the first drink”
“We can be positive that our drinking was negative”
“If I think, I won’t drink. If I drink, I can’t think.”
“Even my worst day in sobriety is better than my best day drunk.”
“When all else fails, the directions are in the Big Book.”
“Why recovery never ends: the disease is alcoholISM, not alcoholWASM!”
“A coincidence is a miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.”
“Having a resentment is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.”
“An alcoholic without a sponsor is like leaving Dracula in charge of the blood bank.”
“The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity.”
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” -Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
“Alcoholism isn’t a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to play.” -Joyce Rebeta-Burditt
“If drinking is interfering with your work, you’re probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you’re probably an alcoholic.”
“My sobriety depends on who God is, not who I am.” -Duane M.
“Living our pre-AA active daily lifestyle is akin to switching seats on the Titanic.”
“The chains of alcohol are too light to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
“Whatever you put before your sobriety; you shall surely lose.”
“Regarding hanging out at bars: If you hang out at the barbershop long enough you’re bound to get a haircut.”
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