Mental health and the holiday Christmas spirit
For many, this is a time of hiding, avoiding and struggling to cope.
The dread of the Christmas spirit can be the hardest time of the year, getting through will be easier with support.
Hiding away may be a solution, yet not the longer term answer. If you feel at any point that alcohol no longer has the 'easy to take or leave' solution that it once was, or has become a problem and is affecting relationships, there is no need to struggle alone with this. The support of a therapist or a group meeting will almost certainly steer the way for a healthier voyage of recovery.
Many people do not want to attend due to the stigma or the impact of having to do the 12 steps relating this to God. Yet in many ways, this relates to a real power appearing stronger than ourselves that has taken over and maybe given force to not being able to stop, or not knowing the reason for how this began, where there once was a valid reason and has begun to affect relationships.
Drinking appears on adverts as the best way through Christmas along with eating and happy times, yet, this can be an unhappy and hard time for many, and need not be a lonely one. Reaching out in times of need is a sign of great strength.
Admitting there is a problem is the first step to recovery, and one more easily done and accepted with support from a therapist or group counselling. You may even find it useful to contact one of the following organisations:
Samaritans - 01282 694929 (local call charges apply) or 116 123 (this number is free to call).
Alcoholics Anonymous - 0845 769 7555
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About Sandra Williams
I am a transactional analysis psychotherapist in the Burnley area. My background is in NHS health care, youth work and mental health. Psychotherapy works well with those suffering with depression, bereavement, anxiety/disorder, stress, childhood issues, trauma and addiction recovery.