A challenge that often appears this time of the year is increased substance use during the holiday season. The holidays can be exhausting and stressful which can trigger mental health challenges. Those who are recovering or struggling with an active addiction can have a very hard time during the holidays, especially amidst a global pandemic, which could in turn lead to relapse.
“There is a lot of evidence that suggests that individuals during early abstinence who are confronted with stress are more likely to relapse,” says Dr. Jessica Sullivan, Clinical Psychologist and Director of Centerstone’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.
The holiday time can also bring along the emotional stress of family conflict, trauma, financial concerns, and loneliness. If you are not well equipped to manage these stressors, you may resort back to poor coping strategies. Centerstone is here to remind you that you do not need to resort to alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs to make it through this holiday season, but you do need to be prepared! Check out the tips below to help combat substance use during the holiday season.
If the holidays begin to feel too overwhelming, remember that help is just a phone call away. Connect with Centerstone today by calling 1-877-HOPE123 (877-467-3123).
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.