During what is supposed to be the “happiest time of the year,” the holidays can easily turn into the loneliest time of the year for individuals dealing with substance abuse. ~ Dr Ravi Chandiramani, Journey Healing Centers Medical Director
Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) December 13, 2012
With party temptations and alcohol abuse being magnified in December, Journey Healing Centers (private drug and alcohol treatment) Addiction Experts release holiday alcoholism tips to get loved ones back. According to the World Health Organization, there are an estimated 140 million alcoholics worldwide, and the holidays often intensify the problem. Dr Ravi Chandiramani, Journey Healing Centers Medical Director shared, “The overwhelming majority of recent admissions to Journey Healing Centers facilities nationwide is for alcoholism, making these tips especially timely.”
To get loved ones back, it is important to try to understand the tensions holidays can bring. During what is supposed to be the “happiest time of the year,” the holidays can easily turn into the loneliest time of the year for individuals dealing with substance abuse. Alcohol can exacerbate any feelings of situational depression while drinking. Many use alcohol to numb the pain or sorrow of depression, which actually makes it worse.
With the added pressure of providing gifts for everyone and portraying the image of having the “perfect life,” these high expectations provide the perfect backdrop for substance abuse. Instead of the temporary solace afforded by alcohol, developing lasting coping skills based in reality and compassion are better solutions for this holiday season and every holiday that follows.
In December, it is even more important for everyone to be aware of friends, family and loved ones who are drinking in excess. 15% of the people in the United States are considered “problem drinkers” according to the NIH. Binge drinking can be a huge problem over the holidays when parties and family gatherings continue into the late hours. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), binge drinking is 4+ drinks for women and 5+ drinks for men within 2 hours. According to a NIAAA survey, 28.8% of women and 43.1% of men report binge drinking.
Substance abuse affects the entire family unit, and the holidays can magnify both the alcoholic drinking patterns and the real life family issues underneath the problem drinking. With compassion and support, it is easier to convince a family member to get help. And there are many rehabilitation programs out there like Journey Healing Centers where the individual and the family members get therapy throughout treatment.
While it may be awkward to address a drinking problem at Christmas dinner, it’s far better to take the keys from someone who has been drinking too much versus dealing with the inevitable loss of a loved one. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol contributes to the death of more than 100,000 Americans each year. It is important to take action to prevent a loved one from becoming another statistic. And for those in recovery already, the holidays can be a tough time with family members drinking and the temptations to drink. Set up a support system or someone to call if the temptations start.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that every dollar invested in drug treatment returns up to $12 in reduced costs for drug-related crime and health care. To get loved ones back this holiday, use compassion and support to address substance abuse problems. At this time of year, the holiday focus is on family. The fact is that true family is important year-round, just more so during the holidays. Make this year truly about family and take the lead in making sure that everyone is around to enjoy next year’s holidays and many more to come. One family member can make all the difference in the world.
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