Ah, the holidays.
For some, the month of December is the most joyous time of the year. We get to spend time with family and loved ones, enjoy a couple of days off of work, see the surprise and awe on children’s faces Christmas morning, continue long-held traditions through the 8 days of Hanukkah, and enjoy delicious meals together.
But the holidays can also bring us heaps of stress. The crowds, the traffic, the bad weather across most of the U.S., an endless social calendar, and not to mention the family drama that often comes when every generation convenes in one house, can be enough to drive you to drink.
And that’s a tough spot to be in for someone with a substance use disorder.
In reality, the holidays are complicated for many. The stress of the season may exacerbate a person’s desire to use their substance of choice. For those who are alienated from their families and friends, loneliness might be the culprit.
It can also be a difficult time for those already in treatment, knowing that they won’t get to spend the holidays with their families. That’s why Oxford Treatment Center works hard to bring a little holiday cheer come December.
Oxford’s Christmas Dinner
Good nutrition can make a big difference in the life of someone recovering from addiction. The dietary department at Oxford takes a lot of pride in feeding the patients—and the staff—well. Just take a look at what they’re offering for Christmas dinner 2019:
- Turkey and dressing with jubilee gravy.
- Tangy cranberry meatballs.
- Pecan-crusted tilapia.
- Ham with brown sugar glaze at a carving station.
- Collard greens with smoked turkey legs.
- Glazed sweet potatoes.
- Cabbage with smoked bacon.
- Cornbread and buttermilk biscuits.
If you’re looking for something a little greener, a tossed salad with dressing, spinach salad with fresh strawberries, and a Christmas fruit salad will also be available.
And don’t worry, they didn’t forget dessert. You get your choice of pecan, apple, and sweet potato pie, just like mom or grandma used to make.
Being away from your loved ones over the holidays is hard—really hard. But being in treatment now, and committing to your recovery journey today, means you’ll be here for the next 2, 3, 4, 10 holiday seasons.
Oxford is committed to making you feel at home this holiday season. So gather with your fellow peers in recovery and enjoy a soul-warming, delicious meal with us.