Center City, Minn. (Nov. 23, 2022) – With aliases like Drinksgiving, Blackout Wednesday, the biggest binge drinking night of the year, and the biggest drunk driving night of the year—it's clear why Thanksgiving Eve can be a problematic time for those working on their recovery from alcohol and other drugs. Yet, with preparation and planning, it doesn't have to be a major stumbling block.
For those who are looking to reconnect and abstain, addiction treatment, recovery and prevention experts at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation share their three top strategies for navigating holiday parties while in recovery:
Thanksgiving is just the beginning of a whirlwind of holidays: At its sites around the U.S., Hazelden Betty Ford often sees an increase in readmission rates during the last two months of the year—spurred by factors such as the strain of the holidays, insurance deductibles, and the promise of the New Year—followed by an increase in overall admissions in January.
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation website offers many resources for the holidays:
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health care for adults and youth, the Foundation has treatment centers and telehealth services nationwide as well as a network of collaborators throughout health care. Through charitable support and a commitment to innovation, the Foundation is able to continually enhance care, research, programs and services, and help more people. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in its services and throughout the organization, which also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction. Learn more at HazeldenBettyFord.org and on Twitter.