What to Know About Substance Abuse During Holidays

For many of those who are newly sober or who struggle with substance abuse issues, the holiday season or holiday events can be a time of both happiness and stress. The period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is a difficult time for many people, and it often times results in making poor decisions in order to participate in family gatherings, company parties, and celebrations.

However, this is not the only time of year that is difficult for people, as the majority of American cultural holidays have evolved to focus heavily on drinking:  Halloween, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve, or the 4th of July are some examples.

All of these holidays can be difficult for some people, especially when it comes to resisting the temptation of going out and partying.  Studies show that cases of suicide, depression, drunken driving accidents, and domestic violence all increase around the holidays.

It is clear that these statistics are a direct result of people either engaging in too much partying or trying to cope with holiday stress.  During these times, family members and friends can be a great source of support for recovering addicts.  There are many options to avoid holiday partying.  Try a non-alcoholic drink, or attend parties with a friend who also intends on staying sober.  It is also important to be sure to get enough sleep, exercise, and try to ease the stress of the season as much as possible. If you need help coping during the holidays when there are more partying opportunities and stress, Passages can help.


Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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