24 Dec '11, 11pm

Some good supportive Holidays advice if you are in recovery and have relatives who aren't

Some good supportive Holidays advice if you are in recovery and have relatives who aren't

Whether you are recovering from alcoholism or simply have been dealing with drunk relatives for a lifetime, the holiday season poses extra challenges. Susan Lederer, a licensed social worker with an office in Greenfield, MA, advises to “keep your expectations low.” Lederer said that the onslaught of “happy families” that appear on holiday movies and specials tend to raise unrealistic expectations. “Everybody sees the holiday shows and longs for that fantasy family,” she said. After speaking with several therapists, I found a consensus that avoiding your family holiday gathering is the simplest, most direct way to avoid confrontations with drunk relatives. However, many people feel compelled by the ritual and expectations of the holidays or simply feel obligated to attend family gatherings. Douglas Grote, a drug and alcohol counselor in Greenfield, MA, said that it is impor...

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