Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Giving Tuesday is here!

Welcome to December!

Welcome to December!

Happy Holiday wishes from the IQRR team!

As we approach the end of 2019 and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take a moment to remember the most important parts of the season: family, friends, and health.

While enjoyable, the holidays do pose unique challenges for individuals in recovery.

What are your strategies for dealing with holiday stress and potential urges to use? Please consider posting your strategies on the IQRR social site, so that perhaps other Recovery Heroes could benefit.

Looking for some holiday tips?
Read our new blog about holiday survival strategies.


The newest addition to our Game of Thrones assessment series is now available for all existing members and anyone who signs up in December!  Participate and earn the Tyrell badge!

Participate in our monthly referral drive to be entered into a drawing for $100.

New recovery heroes who join the IQRR, complete the New Recovery Hero assessment and are deemed eligible to participate in the IQRR assessments will receive one entry into a drawing for a chance to receive a $100 (1/100 odds).

New and Current recovery heroes who refer friends to join the IQRR, whose friends complete the New Recovery Hero assessment and are deemed eligible to participate in the IQRR assessments will also receive one entry per friend (one entry per referral, maximum of seven entries for every drawing).

Odds of being selected are between 1/100 and 7/100 depending on entries. The drawing will take place every time we reach 100 new referrals.

Follow the link below to participate:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

In this season of gratitude, we wanted to take a moment to share how grateful we are for each of you, as we work together to build a community where recovery is possible for all. Happy Thanksgiving!
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What NOT to expect in recovery


What You Shouldn’t Expect When Your Child is in Recovery from Addiction

by Molly Smith, Young Person in Recovery
Bird flying blue sky
I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a parent of a child with a substance use disorder, witnessing the unknown from a front-row seat. The hope of seeing your child enter recovery is quickly followed by a whole new set of uncertainties. After treatment, the main question is usually, “What now?”

As a young person in recovery myself, I might not be able to tell you what to expect — but I feel I can at least tell you what not to expect.

Myth #1: Our lives will return to normal after treatment.

REALITY: Everything — from routines to relationships — will shift.

It’s going to be awkward. Your relationship with your loved one will not return to the exact way it was before they used drugs and/or alcohol. Try to have lightness with them, and don’t take yourself too seriously. There’s no right way to support a child in recovery, so you’ll probably feel weird and self-conscious sometimes.

My mom and dad entered totally unfamiliar territory when I began recovery. On my 30th day sobriety anniversary, my mom had to Google: What kind of gift to buy someone for a sobriety milestone? After brainstorming, she decided to send me a little ceramic bird, which was inspired by an inside joke and my childhood nickname, “Mollybird.” She and my dad have been gifting me bird trinkets and cards for every sobriety anniversary since. They figured out how to support me in their own way that’s unique, sweet — and most importantly to me — a little silly.

Our family ate at a nice restaurant on the night I celebrated one year of sobriety, right before heading over to my regular support group together. Everybody froze when the server asked if we’d like anything to drink. My sister whispered loudly to my dad, “IS IT MESSED UP IF WE ORDER WINE BEFORE GOING TO A MEETING?” They looked at my mom, my mom looked at me, I looked at the menu pretending to study the appetizers, and the server looked at the other tables she should’ve been able to attend to if this family could just get it together and answer the simple question already. Three years later, I still don’t know the “right” answer. My guess, and what I said that night was, “Uh, it’s fine, I guess? Right?” We all fumble through moments like these daily and sometimes all we can do is shrug our shoulders and laugh.
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