Thursday, December 17, 2015


For several years now, I have been a member of the Lawyers Assistance Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association...and so I pass along this from a recent email from the Betty Ford Foundation - my emphasis supplied:

"Q: Is it true that the holidays can exacerbate substance abuse?

A: Definitely. While it's a time of great joy and happiness for many, the holidays can also bring extra stress or feelings of loss or depression. Sometimes family gatherings can aggravate difficult or unhealthy relationships and cause additional anxiety. Intense end-of-the-year workplace demands combined with must-show holiday parties can place additional pressure to drink or use. The season also brings many opportunities to celebrate in excess, which can create tremendous challenges for those with addiction. On top of all this, families who may be struggling with a loved one's addiction feel pressure to present the image that all is well."

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