If you have a friend or family member with an addiction or substance abuse problem then the end of year holiday season can be a time of anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions instead. The gift of sobriety can be a wonderful gift, one that promotes good mental and physical health and that can eliminate the destructive cycle. How can you give this though? One way is to provide a certificate or voucher for free counseling sessions, and put this together with a list of local resources that may be helpful in the situation. For someone who is an alcoholic a list of AA and 12 step meetings in the local area and a few starter sessions for individual counseling can be a great way to show that you care and are supportive.
An intervention can also be a fantastic Christmas gift for anyone who struggles with substance abuse or other addictive behaviors. Addiction does not just destroy the life of the individual who is addicted, this behavior also affects the family members and friends of the individual as well. An intervention may help them see that they do have a problem, and understand how this affects those that they care about. An intervention can work with any type of addiction, including eating disorders and shopping compulsions. Until the individual with the addiction understands how harmful it is effective treatment can not start. Arranging for an intervention also means that treatment is waiting if your loved one decides to take advantage of this opportunity.