HOLIDAY BLUES TRIGGER INCREASED ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE
A Better Tomorrow has seen a 50 percent increase in requests for drug or alcohol interventions across the country since October
“Emotions run high. People use more alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism, and that sets the stage for a crisis. We see this happen every year as we approach the holidays.”
― Dan Chapman, Director of A Postive Outcome Invention Services at
A Better Tomorrow
MURRIETA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2007 ― A Better Tomorrow has seen a 50 percent increase in requests for drug and alcohol interventions across the country since October, a spike clinic therapists attribute to the holiday blues.
“Families are usually the biggest stressors around the holidays because mental health problems often have their roots in difficult family relationships,” said Dan Chapman, director of A Positive Outcome Intervention Services at A Better Tomorrow in Murrieta. “People use more alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism, and that sets the stage for a crisis. We see this happen every year as we approach the holidays. It’s a good thing people are calling, of course, because this means more people who need help are getting into treatment.”
Addicts usually deny that they have a problem, even when their addictions are tearing apart their families or leading them down a path toward unemployment or financial ruin. Addicts typically will not listen to advice from their families, either. That’s why a professional interventionist is often needed to convince the addict to seek professional counseling and treatment.
A Better Tomorrow provides professional intervention services as well as residential and outpatient treatment programs for alcohol abuse as well as addiction to illegal and prescription drugs.
“People often try to minimize the significance of marijuana addiction as if it’s less damaging than cocaine or methamphetamines,” Chapman said. “But marijuana addiction still leads to employment problems, alienation from family members and other mental health problems.”
Addiction to prescription painkillers is also becoming an increasing problem, Chapman said, citing A Better Tomorrow’s clinical experience as well as a recent statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which found that nonmedical use of prescription drugs among young adults had increased from 5.4 percent in 2002 to 6.4 percent in 2006.
Based in Murrieta, Calif., A Better Tomorrow has the highest level of accreditation that can be obtained by a drug or alcohol treatment center. The clinic is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), placing it in the top 5 percent of drug and alcohol treatment clinics in California. For more information about A Better Tomorrow or A Positive Outcome, the clinic’s intervention division, please contact Dan Chapman at (800) 757-9867. Additional information is available on the clinic’s website at http://www.abttc.com/.