PATERSON, NJ - Saying that while many in recovery from substance or alcohol abuse find the holiday season to be especially difficult, Robert R. Detore, CEO, Turning Point, is offering reassurance saying that “With a little planning ahead and a realistic assessment of impending situations, they can enjoy the holidays just like everybody else.”

The Paterson drug and alcohol addiction treatment center, with locations throughout New Jersey, offers the necessary coping mechanisms required to manage challenges associated with beating back addictions, and has already handled nearly 12,000 calls for help this year, an increase of nearly 10 percent from 2017.

According to a recent report by the Center for Network Therapy (CNT) Drug and Alcohol cited by the Center, relapse rates, brought on by stressors such as personal conflicts, financial strain, and the holiday blues spike 150% during the holiday season.

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While avoiding situations or people that prompt addictive episodes can’t always be avoided during the holidays, anticipating them and rehearsing likely scenarios of how to handle them can help to reduce anxiety.

Treatment, according to the Turning Point’s management, doesn’t have to wait until after the holidays and individuals seeking treatment options should wait until January when waiting lists traditionally get longer and facilities see a spike in calls from individuals who have relapsed.

If you or someone you know needs help, please visit Turning Point’s website or call 973-380-0905 for assistance.


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