Thank you to everyone for participating in this year's Sober for October wellness initiative! We want to congratulate you for the steps you took towards your healing and overall wholistic wellness during this month. No matter how big or small those steps were, it is important that you take the time to reflect on and celebrate the progress you have made.
We strongly encourage you to continue your Sober for October journey to keep reaping the benefits of the healthy habits and goals you set out for yourself this month.
Please remember that if you abstained all month and will be resuming drinking alcohol, your tolerance level may be lower than before. Be sure to drink slowly and to alternate non-alcoholic drinks, such as sparkling water, in between alcoholic drinks. Learn more about
safer alcohol consumption here,
Stories of wholistic wellness
“For myself, my recovery journey includes complete abstinence; it's what works for me. I have been sober for almost eight and a half years and love waking up every morning with a clear head and being able to show up for my life on a daily basis." – Dr. Nel Weiman, FNHA Acting Chief Medical Officer.
The FNHA Wellness Team is always looking to feature stories of wholistic wellness, strength, and resilience like the ones from our October Wellness Initiative. Connect with the Wellness Team at
firstname.lastname@example.org and they will support you in sharing your story on our website and social media platforms.
We want to express our deepest gratitude for those people who bravely shared their own personal messages for this year's campaign:
To read stories and watch videos from previous years, visit the
Sober for October webpage on FNHA.ca.
Continuing on your wellness journey:
To learn more about alcohol harm-reduction services and information, visit our Overdose Prevention and Harm-Reduction page.
For information on getting treatment or recovery at a centre or outpatient clinic, including receiving couples' counselling and services for pregnant people, visit our Treatment Centres page.
Check out the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation website for information on programs and services for substance use and addiction. Also, more information and support networks can be found at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction website.
You can also access culturally safe care through the FNHA's Virtual Substance Use and Psychiatry Service, which provides BC First Nations people and their family members (even if they are not First Nations) with access to specialists in addictions medicine and psychiatry.
If you have suggestions to enhance this challenge, or suggestions for future challenges, please email the Wellness Initiatives Team at Wellness@fnha.ca.