Depression During the Holidays

POSTED BY: News Department
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 - 01:52 PM
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Tomorrow marks the beginning of the holiday season. But some people don't identify with bright lights and warm hearts. Instead, they trudge through a dark, cold season. Addiction counselors say the holiday season can be the worst time of year for people with addictions, but loved ones can help. Counselors encourage people hosting celebrations to monitor alcohol consumption and to lock up alcohol in places know only by inhabitants of the house. Also, take the car keys and offer rides to intoxicated guests. Counselors also say people should be reactive instead of counterproductive. Hiding situations or acting as if everything is fine can hinder the healing process. Muskingum Behavioral Health Executive Director Steve Carrel says addicts need consequences for their behavior. People who don't offer confrontation and consequences are enabling addicts to continue their destructive behavior. Counselors say there are ways to intervene. It might take awhile, but persistence and confrontatin could save an addict's life.

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