Screaming on the inside: Christmas special

Embark on an inspiring journey of resilience and recovery as Steve Wood, a distinguished alum from Oasis Bradford, joins forces with our very own Celeste Barker on an enlightening podcast.

In this Christmas special, the duo discusses the challenges of the holiday season and how determination is key to recovery. Let their candid and heartfelt dialogue inspire those seeking solace and support on their recovery journey.

Screaming on the Inside

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One noteworthy topic addressed in the podcast was the apprehension associated with abstaining from alcohol or drugs during the holiday season. Contrary to expectations, the discussion highlighted instances where individuals like Steve found the experience more enjoyable than anticipated. Embracing the moment without the influence of certain substances became an opportunity to create lasting “memories that you can remember and others can remember for the right reason.”

The romanticised portrayal of alcohol during Christmas was also a point of discussion. It emphasised the importance of setting clear expectations with family and friends, not as a desire to change their behaviours, but establishing an environment that supports recovery.

The apprehension accompanying the prospect of facing the first Christmas without your chosen substance is a common concern for individuals in post-recovery. However, being surrounded by a supportive network of caring individuals can significantly alleviate any initial anxieties. The holiday season, once feared, now presents an opportunity to not only navigate the challenges but also to fortify connections, forge meaningful memories, and underscore that the journey to recovery is a collective and supportive endeavour. Embracing this season with the right support can transform it into a time of strengthening resilience and fostering positive connections.

If you or someone you care about is grappling with addiction, or if you find the holiday season challenging and could benefit from a supportive conversation, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’re here for you, ready to lend a compassionate ear and provide the support you need. Contact us today.