As many prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations, others face a hard time to not relapse during a holiday that tends to see more alcohol or drug use.
During this holiday season, the Recovery Unlimited facility sees more people struggling with their commitments to stay sober from alcohol and drug use.
Recovery Unlimited staff said they increase their 12-Step meetings and prevention work during the high-risk time of year.
However, when they aren’t around, it’s up to families and friends to help get those in recovery through tonight’s holiday.
“I’m a believer that we never have to be alone and we shouldn’t be alone in high risk situations,” explained Wayne Simpson, Recovery Unlimited director. “We need somebody to help protect us. We need somebody to bump something off because the disease will have us making terrible decisions before we even know we’ve used.”
Simpson added that if you have to be somewhere alcohol and drugs are in use, it’s best to have others there to supervise you and support your recovery.
However, if you start to feel like you may relapse, remove yourself from the situation.