The holidays mean a time of celebration for most, but it can be quite the opposite for those dealing with substance abuse issues.
Muskingum Behavioral Health Chemical Dependency Counselor, Jessia Jewell, says if at all possible, the best thing to do is avoid parties that involve any type of substance abuse. And instead, go for another option.
"It's masked during the holidays because they kind of fit in with the crowd. But people need to know they don't have to drink during the holidays, you don't have to use drugs. There are plenty of other alternatives; spend time with the family, bust out the board games, sit and watch movies until the ball drops," said Jewell.
While there are many ways to cope with substance abuse issues during the holidays, Jewell says the best way to deal with the problem is to make a plan beforehand.
"The best alternative is to have a safe, sober plan, having no plan is a bad plan, you want to have a safe and sober plan for the holiday season. There are ways to avoid these tricky situations for sure," said Jewell.
Jewell says there is a significant drop in attendence at the agency before the holidays until the numbers spike after New Year's Day. She says if you are dealing with substance abuse, you don't have to wait to get help; you can make a resolution all throughout the year.