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Here at Hanley Foundation, we believe that family time is time well-spent, and there’s no better time than the holidays! However, we understand that this may be a stressful season for many, and the emotional strain of the holidays may take a grave toll. According to the CDC, alcohol and drug-related deaths also spike during the months of December through March.
We want our recovery community to know that they are not alone during this season, and to be aware of emotional and environmental stressors that may trigger consumption. We have created Hanley’s Holiday Guide to provide general tips, tools for overcoming anxiety, and help for family and friends looking to support loved ones on their long-term recovery journey.
Emotional and mental support are vital during times of stress, such as the holidays. For those with access to a phone or other smart device, be sure to stay in regular contact with friends, sponsors, mental health professionals, physicians, and trusted family members. If you choose to spend the season away from home, look up local AA or NA meeting times and plan to attend. Remember, even if you’re unable to physically make it to a meeting, many programs offer virtual meeting options.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Download a copy of this guide here.