October 30, 2013

Beyond Boo! High-risk season for addicts upon us

Halloween isn't all about candy and fun: As a matter of fact, it marks the beginning of the high-risk season for addicts, according to Narconon Freedom Center.
Once Halloween ends, must-show holiday parties begin, along with  intense end-of-year work demands. Both can result in additional pressure to drink or use.
“We are entering the highest risk season for those struggling with drug abuse and addiction as overdose death is a greater possibility than at other times of the year. We strongly urge addicts get into treatment now. Homes that play host to active addiction are not filled with joy and happiness during the holidays; they are decked with dysfunction, stress, fear, and shame,” says John Walser, senior intake counselor at Narconon Freedom Center.
An article in the journal “Social Science & Medicine”, researchers David Phillips, Gwendolyn Barker and Kimberly Brewer reported that mortality, in general, rises during the Christmas season.
Phillips said the team’s analysis of some 57.5-million death certificates shows the chance of dying during this holiday period increases “somewhere between 3 percent and 9 percent, depending on the demographic group you’re looking at, and somewhere between 1 percent and 10 percent, depending on what cause of death you’re looking at.”
The article goes on to say, “Less clear are the reasons behind this fatal phenomenon.”
“We find this analysis aligns with what we experience working with addicts and their families all year. It’s heartbreaking when we lose someone struggling with addiction to overdose before we can get them to arrive for treatment. This is why we are reaching out now to encourage those struggling with addiction to enroll in a program to get help now,” says Walser.

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