New Years Eve can be challenging for those in recovery, counselors warn

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – New Year’s Eve celebrations can be problematic for addicts, which is why the Jackie Nitschke Center wants to help.

“I think the holidays can be a tough time for anyone, but add substance abuse disorders that add to anxiety and stress to the list,” said Kay Wright, a drug counselor. “There are a lot of things people can do on vacation without drinking, especially like New Year’s Eve.”

Wright says the key is to surround yourself with people who support you this weekend.

“Also like having dinner and a movie at home, partying with the kids, maybe cooking a special dinner, things like that as a family. To make it more family oriented, ”Wright said.

Wright says it’s okay to be afraid to ask for help. It emphasizes that you are not alone with what you or someone you may know is going through.

“Substance abuse disorders do not discriminate. And that includes every race, religion, gender, ”Wright told Local 5’s Barrett Tryon.

The counselors suggest that you now think about what your plans might be for Friday while understanding that not everyone celebrates New Year’s Eve.

“Hey, how can I help you? Is there anything i can do? Do you know what would you like to do on New Year’s Eve? So just be straight, ”Wright said, this is the best you can do.

Several alcohol-free celebrations are planned in the area, including at Changing Lanes Alano Club, 344 Broadway St., Wrightstown. The event lasts from 5pm to midnight and includes hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, and billiards. The suggested donation is $ 10.

Find out more about the Jackie Nitschke Center on his website.

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