On February 17th, 2023, it’s Random Acts of Kindness Day, and those who have lived with alcohol or drug abuse can benefit from even small acts of kindness. One person’s smile or compliment may be just enough of a ray of sunshine to pierce through the darkest of times.
In dark times, you or a loved one may have cravings for drugs or alcohol, but consider using random acts of kindness to maintain long-term sobriety.
Random acts of kindness do not have to be grand gestures. Sometimes simply receiving support or having a shoulder to cry on can give someone the comfort and care they need to satisfy long-term recovery.
Acts Of Kindness For Long-Term Sobriety
Maintaining a positive outlook on your recovery journey is important.
If you’re supporting someone during the recovery process, such as a family member or coworker, there are positive outcomes that can occur through random acts of kindness.
An increase in these kind acts may lead to the release of serotonin and dopamine in the brain as well as lower stress levels. This can provide an overall feeling of comfort and care for those struggling, even if it’s for only a brief moment.
Random Acts Of Kindness For Recovery
- Those experiencing cravings for drugs or alcohol may benefit from many acts of kindness, including:
- sharing helpful advice to those struggling with alcohol or drug addiction
- supporting a loved one seeking individual or family therapy
- complimenting a person’s bravery for attending a recovery center
- contacting a friend in addiction recovery just to check in
- listening to your family member’s personal story of addiction
- volunteering time to drive someone to an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting or therapy session
- simply asking your loved one about their well-being
- checking-in with your own mental health, and not forgetting to be kind to yourself
Special Days To Give & Receive
To further acknowledge the importance of acts of kindness and the impact they can have on someone’s overall health or self-esteem, February 17th has been deemed “Random Acts of Kindness Day.”
In addition, “World Kindness Day” takes place on November 13th each year. These days are another reminder to offer extra support, treat others with more respect, and show self-care.
Perhaps you’ll remember these dates this year or maybe this blog. Maybe, just maybe, words can lead to action which can ultimately lead to sobriety.
What To Do If Someone Shows Interest In Substance Use Treatment
If someone shows interest in receiving treatment for a substance abuse or mental health disorder, remember to acknowledge the many ways treatment options are available:
- behavioral health care
- detox support
- medication-assisted treatment
- outpatient treatment
- mental health counseling
- support groups
- aftercare planning
Those struggling from drug or alcohol abuse may appreciate the efforts you put into assisting them on their road to recovery.
To learn how we support individuals and families with kindness and compassion, please contact Recovering Champions today.