What Present Should You Give Your Recovering Friend?

Tuesday August 13, 2019

Is someone in your life recovering from an addiction? It could be drugs, alcohol, or something else. Whatever it is, they’re finally in recovery mode, and that is a reason to celebrate. To show your support and encourage your friend’s recovery, a thoughtful gift can go a long way. But what is an appropriate gift for a recovering friend?

According to Clear Recovery Center, gifts should not remind individuals of the substance they are addicted to because it could cause a relapse. Recovery is a sensitive time in a person’s life. It is important to consider their situation before giving them gifts.

Unfortunately, you can’t buy them just anything. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t buy them anything. Before buying a present—for their birthday, a holiday, or simply for sticking to their recovery—read the list below for some inspiration. 

1.      A Shared Experience

The best thing you could give a friend in recovery is an experience. Treat them to dinner and a movie or go all out and plan a trip. It depends on how close you are to your friend and what experience they would love.

Make sure that the experience is something that doesn’t involve alcohol or potentially other drugs. When choosing an experience, try to find something that you two can do together. Great ideas include going on a guided zoo tour, going to a theme park, or even skydiving if they’re more adventurous.

2.      Gift Cards

This is the easiest of the four gift options listed. Gift cards are perfect because they don’t require the person receiving them to spend money on anything. Plus, the money cannot be misused. They are limited to a specific store or restaurant.

Ask your friend where they like to shop or what essentials they need. The gift card could be anywhere from $10 to $100. Any amount will be appreciated.

3.      Groceries/Other Essentials

Recovery can be an expensive time for a lot of people. Having to go to treatment, having freezes or limits on your account, and maybe even having lost a job all mean that with recovery, money is tight. This can make something as basic as buying groceries into another struggle to overcome. That’s where you come in.

Buying groceries is a low commitment, highly appreciated gift. Ask your friend what essentials they are lacking, create a list, then go out and buy it for them. You could take them along if you’re not sure what to buy.

 4.      Realistic Books about Recovery

Getting them a book about recovery might seem unnecessary if your friend is in treatment, but it could help. Just be careful because there are plenty of books out there that don’t work. Try to find a book that gives good advice while also being fun to read. You don’t want to guilt your friend into slogging through a 400-page bore of a novel.

At the same time, you don’t want them to think the book is a joke. There’s a balance between fun humour and serious advice. Shop around in your local bookstore or go online. There is sure to be a good recovery book listed.

These are a couple of suggestions. By no means do you have to limit yourself to the items on this list. Just keep in mind that your friend is recovering from an addiction. They can’t simply be handed any present like money. Be cautious of their struggles and try to be considerate when purchasing their present. Remember that a good gift for a person in recovery is something that won’t tempt them to relapse but will provide alternative means of enjoyment for them.

Happy gift hunting!