December 06, 2013 11:45 ET

The Holidays Are the Best Time to Stage an Addiction Intervention

Stress, Celebrations and SAD Will Cause a Spike in Substance Abuse During the Holidays; If You or Someone You Love Is Struggling With Addiction, Don't Wait to Get Help; Stage an Intervention Now

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 6, 2013) - 'Tis the season to be jolly, but for many, the holidays are a time of stress and despair, or at the very least, dangerous overindulgence. Drug and alcohol abuse are expected to spike during the holidays, due to seasonal parties, holiday-related disruption, stress and even symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Evidence of increased drug and alcohol abuse around the holidays can be found in the high rates of substance-related traffic fatalities that occur on Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 52 percent of Christmas Day traffic fatalities are alcohol-related, and 57 percent of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day traffic fatalities are alcohol-related.

Active addicts are likely to ramp up their substance abuse during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, and recovering addicts are at an increased risk of relapse. Hectic preparations, interaction with family members, financial stress, seasonal depression symptoms and holiday parties where booze flows freely can all tempt an active addict to overindulge or a recovering addict to return to destructive behaviors. As a result,, a non-profit rehab referral service, sees a holiday-season uptick in callers desperately seeking addiction help for themselves and their loved ones. would like the families of addicts to know there's no better time of year to stage an addiction intervention than during the holidays. At no other time of year is your entire family more likely to be gathered together in one place, making this the ideal opportunity to plan an intervention everyone can be involved in.

Staging an intervention during the holiday season sends a strong message to your loved one that your entire family is concerned about his or her substance abuse. A holiday intervention lets your loved one know his or her health and safety are a bigger priority than your family's holiday celebrations or postcard-perfect expectations. Waiting until after the holidays to address your loved one's substance abuse could result in disastrous consequences for your loved one -- even death -- from substance-related causes before the year is over.

Don't let your loved one became another holiday statistic; instead, make this holiday season a time of hope and transformation for your family. Learn more about staging an intervention at, or call one of our counselors today at 1-888-876-7760.

About is a non-profit rehab referral and placement service located on the West Coast and staffed by trained counselors. It is free to call RehabHotline and speak to a counselor about your own or a loved one's struggle with chemical dependence, personalized treatment options, and what to expect from the treatment process itself. Callers can also take advantage of a free benefits check to find programs that accept their insurance. helps hundreds of people get help for addiction each month. Visit to learn more.