PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The holidays are at hand – and for many that means parties and celebrations with family and friends. With the demands of the holidays, we all experience some stress. But the holidays are particularly stressful for the millions of people in recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs.
"Stress can trigger relapse, especially for those in early recovery," warns Jan Vondrachek, executive director, Hazelden in Oregon. "The good news is there are ways to reduce stress that we all can use."
"Addiction is a brain disease that doesn't discriminate," adds Vondrachek. "It's OK to ask for help. At Hazelden, we know that recovery is possible and that treatment works. If you need support, we encourage you to call toll-free at 866-866-4662. The line will be staffed seven days a week, 24 hours a day during the holiday season to help all in need."
Here are a few tips to help you and your loved ones reduce stress and enjoy the holidays:
- Slow down. Set aside quiet time for yourself each day, no matter how busy you are. Relax. Meditate. Reduce your expectations. You don't have to do it all.
- Take care of your health. Maintain a balanced diet. Exercise. Get enough sleep. And go easy on the sweets.
- Create new ways to celebrate. Discover new rituals. Spend time with people who don't abuse substances. Host a party for recovering friends.
- Offer support: If you have a loved one who is recovering, offer holiday activities that don't focus on alcohol. Provide alternative drinks. Acknowledge their recovery in a low-key way and let them know you're glad they are sober.
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- Hazelden in Springbrook (Newberg, Oregon). Hazelden Springbrook specializes in addiction treatment for those with co-occurring trauma disorders. It is also recognized for its health care professionals program, LGBTQ-sensitive care and innovative opioid addiction treatment.
- Hazelden in Beaverton. An outpatient facility, its treatment team includes experts in the treatment of alcohol and other drug addictions, as well as addressing co-occurring disorders. It also has special expertise in treating addiction to prescription pain pills and other opioids. Learn more at www.hazelden.org.