ADDICTIONS ON HOLIDAY
Stress, addiction and bad habit behavior goes WAY up through the holidays.
Whether its gaming, pornography, food, shopping, alcohol, pills or any other drug, using episodes skyrocket.
This isn’t alarming news to anyone, but what may surprise you is WHY.
WHY does drug abuse and addictive behavior ramp up from Nov to past New Years?
And far more vital is WHAT can we do to minimize the risk and slow it down.
What we can do is A LOT!
First let’s understand WHY.
What causes drug, alcohol, food and behavioral addiction behaviors to escalate so much over a season that is abut family, love, God and good will?
There are five main factors that are major triggers to using and relapse episodes:
- Winter (less daylight, cold temperatures and biology cause toxic coping mechanisms)
- Too much to do, not enough time (holiday obligations plus normal ones can make life overwhelming)
- Temptation (ALL of our vices are on constant display during the holidays: food, booze, drugs, shopping…)
- Inertia (winter depression, lethargy, weight gain, low energy all make a perfect storm)
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