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Whether you realize it or not, you know someone how has been affected by addiction and mental health disorders. According to the Surgeon General, one in seven Americans will face a substance abuse disorder.
The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for those who are in recovery, as a lot of parties, gifts, and festivities are based around drinking and recreational drug use. This is a time when most sober individuals may need a little extra “boost”, or some extra support as they work through this challenging time of year.
While it’s not your responsibility to censor yourself for the comfort of others, you can still to be an ally to the people in your life who are sober. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Despite the growing knowledge of addiction, there are still many people who just aren’t aware of the issue and what it truly entails. In order to support those around you who are sober or in recovery, do some research of your own. Find out what addiction really means, the signs and symptoms of a relapse, and what your loved one has gone through in order to get to the point they’re at now.
Try not to discuss the details of your own personal substance use, even if it may seem innocent to you, it could be triggering to sober individuals. If you’re in a group of people who are beginning to talk about how “messed up” they got last night, steer the conversation toward something more neutral and supportive of sobriety.
Substitute going to a bar with going to a coffee shop or café, or even opt for an activity like bowling or a board game night.
If you or someone you know is struggling this holiday season, you are not alone. Substance abuse and mental health issues become more difficult to deal with during the holidays.
Sandstone Care offers a full continuum of care for teens and young adults who are struggling with substance abuse and mental health concerns. Because the holiday season can be difficult, our medical detox and teen residential programs stay open in order to ensure that our clients have access to the resources that they need.
If you or someone you know is struggling, consider reaching out to one of our passionate and knowledgeable admissions coordinators. They would be more than happy to guide you through the process of finding resources and help for your situation.