National Addictions Awareness Week Nov. 19-23

Chu Chua marks week with four days of healthy community events

Simpcw First Nation and the community of Chu Chua mark National Addictions Awareness Week for 2012

Simpcw First Nation and the community of Chu Chua mark National Addictions Awareness Week for 2012

Simpcw First Nation are currently holding a number of events related to health and wellness within their community as the holiday season approaches.

Everyone knows that this time of year, as we approach the holidays, can be a period of emotional highs and lows.  Rapid cycles of change in our emotions between loneliness, happiness, sadness, and anxiety can wear on a person’s nerves and increase our stress.

Often, these cycles are a trigger for relapse in people who are recovering from addiction.  The good news is that these blues can be remedied by planning ahead.

Whether in recovery or not, developing a holiday plan to help prevent the blues will help you to prepare for when those unpleasant thoughts threaten to unbalance your recovery and dampen your holidays experience.  Your plan should include specific self-care ideas that are affordable and meet your needs.  Be sure to enhance your social interaction with others who are a positive influence in your life.  The holidays are a great time to meet new people; don’t be afraid to get out and try new things.

This week Simpcw First Nation is marking National Addictions Awareness Week, Nov. 19 to 23, with a variety of events.

On Monday they held a Sober Walk followed by a lunch.  On Wednesday there was a community diabetes eduction luncheon,  featuring booths and displays with information about different aspects of diabetes.

Tomorrow, Friday, November 23, there will be another community luncheon at noon, drumming with children, crafts and activities throughout the afternoon, a community dinner at 5:30 p.m., and finally the week will wind up with a dance at 7:30 p.m., featuring Rod Bandura and SweetGrass.