10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Addiction Relapses

The holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry. But what if you’re a recovering addict? The season for cocktails, parties, and good times can be a tough one to navigate.
“The holidays are a stressful time, and many people find that using a substance is a way of coping with stress,” says Kate Rhine, a licensed clinical social worker and certified addiction counselor in Denver.
Ramped-up family time also can be emotional for many, especially those recovering from addiction, Rhine adds. For people without close family ties, loneliness may set in.
You don’t need alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to make your holiday season festive, but you do need this go-to guide to stay clean:

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