Substance Abuse Counseling and Helping the Addicted During the Holidays
Unfortunately, holidays can also increase substance abuse. Families need to be aware of family members who may be struggling with addiction as they plan their festive parties.
Melissa Brunner reports for WIBI out of Topeka about the harm of simple holiday parties on addicts and substance abusers in the article, “Holiday Season Can Trigger Substance Abuse”
The holiday season is a busy and stressful time. All the festivities – and preparing for them – also can bring a spike in substance abuse. Stormont-Vail West chemical dependency counselor Fiana Martin says alcohol is commonly served at celebrations this time of year. But she says people recovering from addiction don’t have to miss out on the fun if they arrive with what she calls a safety plan
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It is easy to over indulge during the holidays. If you have someone in your family who is a recovering alcoholic perhaps you could serve non-alcoholic beverages? Or maybe you could have a dry holiday party? Addiction and abuse is a problem only if you make it one.
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