Addiction problems seem to spike around the holidays. Two disparate reasons account, at least in part, for this. The holidays can be a very sad, lonely time for many. For those who normally, at the best of times, feel separated or apart from joy to the world, good will toward man and the rest of the holiday sentiments can cause even greater isolation and separateness. So people drink or drug even more than normal, to try to capture the spirit they are missing, spirit that everyone else seems to enjoy.
The flip side of this is that the holidays often involve inundation with family, and the aggravation of old wounds. So people drink and drug to tap down hurt or unpleasant feelings.
Either way, families are often faced with loved ones accelerating their substance use during the holiday season, often catastrophic consequences. And yet anyone attending AA or NA for a period of time realizes that the holiday season marks the beginning of sobriety, often long term sobriety, for many addicts and alcoholics. The holiday season is a time for hope that your loved one will choose this season, this year, to make the change necessary to begin a new life in recovery.
If you need help with your loved one, please call Sweeney Interventions (813-477-2437) and look at my qualified credentials on our website at http://sweeneyinterventions.com/
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