Dealing with addiction: Don't wait until after New Year's to make that call

For individuals and their families struggling with substance abuse issues, the holidays can be particularly stressful. Photo: Bad Santa

NEW YORK, December 27, 2013 — New Year’s can be a celebratory time filled with family, festivities and overall good cheer. But for individuals and their families who are struggling with substance abuse issues, it can be particularly stressful.

For those struggling with substance abuse, do not wait until after the holidays to seek help. The safest place for an addict is with supportive professionals.

If you are questioning whether or not you may benefit from an evaluation and possible treatment, ask yourself the following:

  • Is your drinking or substance abuse affecting your relationships or your performance at work?

  • Have your friends and family members shown concern about how much you’re drinking, or have they questioned your drinking or other substance abuse?

  • Do you get defensive when questioned about your drinking or other drug use?

  • Are you constantly planning for the next drink or time you can “use”?

  • Do you have an increased tolerance for alcohol or other drugs?

  • Are you getting into legal trouble because of your drinking or other drug use?

Think about past New Year’s activities and whether they have gone the way you have wanted. A recent Caron survey found that over half of respondents reported that they have witnessed inappropriate behavior at workplace parties and at family celebrations. If you have experienced problems like the ones listed above, you may need help to address your behavior.

Family members report feeling “safe,” relieved and thankful after loved ones enter treatment. Alumni in recovery have also shared that they felt more spiritual and peaceful than they had in years by entering treatment before New Year’s.

Entering treatment is a difficult decision to take action during the holidays, but it can be the best gift you ever give yourself and your family. Make the time to prioritize health and well-being so you can make 2014 a year of recovery and wellness.

Caron Treatment Centers offer a 5-to-7 day residential assessment program and sees family members for an evaluation throughout the holiday season.


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Dr. Paul Hokemeyer

Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, JD, PhD, is the Senior Clinical Advisor forCaron Ocean Drive and is based in Caron's New York City office. He is anexpert in wealthy identity constructs whose research has been publishedby Lambert Academic Press, The Journal of Wealth Management and TheAmerican Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

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