Substance Use and the Holidays

For many, the end of the year brings happy family gatherings, big dinners of turkey and stuffing, holiday music, and cozy fires. For others, the holidays can be a much darker and more difficulttime – a time of family conflict, financial strain, loneliness, grief, and seasonal affective disorder. People in recovery, or those still in active use, may need extra support managing festive but stressful holiday celebrations.

If you need support this holiday season, check out these 10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Addiction Relapses. If you want to support friends and loved ones on their journey, find out How to Support Your Loved One with a Substance Use Disorder During the Holidays.

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