Substance Abuse & the Holidays

Being in recovery during the holidays can be difficult
December 2, 2016

The holidays are a time to spend with loved ones and relax and enjoy the turning of a new season. However, holiday seasons are not enjoyable for everyone as it may bring to light past problems, death of loved ones, and/or other non-enjoyable memories.

These could be some of the few reasons that alcohol abuse rises during the holiday season. There are other reasons such as the bringing together of family and enjoying the time spent, but regardless the abuse rises.

This season can also be difficult for a recovering alcoholic or drug user.

“Besides having the temptation around, those in recovery also have the added stress of dealing with families and possible embarrassment,” said Mosen Haksar, an addiction medical supervisor with Kaiser Permanente. “Depending on your relationship with the family, try to just easily let them know you are in recovery. This will stop people from trying to push you to have a drink. It’s just a good idea to be up front about it.”

It is important to be mindful of all, as we may not know what a person is going through this time of year.