Now, we have only two days until December arrives, and the celebration of the Christmas season will officially kick off. During this special time of year, families gather together to decorate their homes in holiday splendor, plan festive parties, and go to special events to create new memories to be treasured time and time again. However, while a majority of us are celebrating, there is another large quantity of Americans who will not be very happy during this time. According to researchers, the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas can be a tragic time when drug addicts and alcoholics decide to indulge in the more unscrupulous side of holiday festivities, returning to the sources of their illnesses. So why do these conditions increase at the height of a happy time? Let’s take a closer look and find out some more.

State of Depression

Based on recent studies, incidences involving depression, drunk driving, suicide, and domestic violence skyrocket during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and, ultimately, these emergencies all stem from an addict’s attempts to cope with holiday-related stress. For example, in 2006, the Center for Disease Control confirmed that individuals who died by suicide during the holiday season tested positive for illegal substances and alcohol:

  • 33% tested positive for alcohol
  • 16% tested positive for opiates
  • 9% tested positive for cocaine
  • 8% tested positive for marijuana

What Can Be Done?

HOW ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE INCREASES DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASONAs medical experts have reinforced, family members can be a wonderful source of encouragement and support during this difficult time of the year. During the holidays, when drug addicts and alcoholics are suffering from depression or hopelessness, loved ones can serve as designated drivers, party planners, and loving companions that will keep these people on their toes. Here are some tips you can take to make sure you do not relapse or to make sure your loved one doesn’t slip:

  • Find alternatives to alcoholic drinks (soda water, juice, and more)
  • Eat something sweet (alcohol’s primary component is sugar, so this will curb cravings)
  • Go with a sponsor or a long-sober friend to a party
  • Get plenty of sleep

Always remember that drugs and alcohol do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or addiction troubles today.