Halloween Starts High Risk Season for Addicts, Reports Narconon Freedom Center

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Halloween kicks off the highest risk season for addicts when must-show holiday parties mixed with intense end-of-year work demands can result in additional pressure to drink or use, reports Narconon Freedom Center.

Halloween Kicks Off High Risk Season For Addicts

Halloween Kicks Off High Risk Season For Addicts

It’s heartbreaking when we lose someone struggling with addiction to overdose before we can get them to arrive for treatment. This is why we are reaching out now to encourage those struggling with addiction to enroll in a program to get help now.

Narconon Freedom Center, a drug rehab center, warns parents and loved ones that Halloween kicks off the highest risk season for addicts. Running from Halloween through New Year’s Day, the “holiday season” is a time when other factors come into play that can compound problems associated with substance abuse and addiction.    

“We are entering the highest risk season for those struggling with drug abuse and addiction as overdose death is a greater possibility than at other times of the year. We strongly urge addicts get into treatment now. Homes that play host to active addiction are not filled with joy and happiness during the holidays; they are decked with dysfunction, stress, fear, and shame,” says John Walser, Senior Intake Counselor, Narconon Freedom Center.

For families besieged by addiction, the greatest gift they could give their addicted loved one--and themselves--is the gift of recovery.

For many, the season is one of great joy and happiness. For others, the holidays bring high stress or feelings of loss or depression. Sometimes family gatherings can exacerbate difficult or unhealthy relationships and cause additional anxiety. Intense end-of-the-year workplace demands combined with must-show holiday parties can place additional pressure to drink or use. There are also many opportunities to celebrate in excess which can create tremendous challenges for those with addiction and trying to hold it together.

The National Post (news.nationalpost.com/2010/12/20/christmas-the-deadliest-day-of-the-year-study/) reported 20 December, 2010 that a U.S. analysis of mortality rates during different times of year found that people are more likely to die during the holidays, notably on Christmas and New Year’s Day and researchers cannot explain the yearly spike.

An article in the journal “Social Science & Medicine”, researchers David Phillips, Gwendolyn Barker and Kimberly Brewer reported that mortality, in general, rises during the Christmas season.

Mr. Phillips said the team’s analysis of some 57.5-million death certificates shows the chance of dying during this holiday period increases “somewhere between 3% and 9%, depending on the demographic group you’re looking at, and somewhere between 1% and 10%, depending on what cause of death you’re looking at.”

The article goes on to say, “Less clear are the reasons behind this fatal phenomenon.”

“We find this analysis aligns with what we experience working with addicts and their families all year. It’s heartbreaking when we lose someone struggling with addiction to overdose before we can get them to arrive for treatment. This is why we are reaching out now to encourage those struggling with addiction to enroll in a program to get help now,” says Walser.

To help a loved one struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction get on the road to recovery now, call an Intake Counselor today toll-free 877-362-9682 or visit http://www.freedomdrugrehab.com/. All calls are no charge and confidential.

About Narconon Freedom Center

Narconon Freedom Center, Albion, Michigan, is a non-profit alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility licensed through the state. The program has been helping those struggling with substance abuse and alcoholism for over 47 years. William Benitez founded the Narconon program in 1966 with the drug-free rehabilitation education researched and developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The Narconon program is a holistic drug-free rehab program. The drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility also provides drug prevention education to schools and community outreach programs. For drug education in your school or community contact the center at 517-629-8661.

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