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PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The holidays are at hand – and for many that means parties and celebrations with family and friends. With the demands of the holidays, we all experience some stress. But the holidays are particularly stressful for the millions of people in recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs.
"Stress can trigger relapse, especially for those in early recovery," warns Jan Vondrachek, executive director, Hazelden in Oregon. "The good news is there are ways to reduce stress that we all can use."
"Addiction is a brain disease that doesn't discriminate," adds Vondrachek. "It's OK to ask for help. At Hazelden, we know that recovery is possible and that treatment works. If you need support, we encourage you to call toll-free at 866-866-4662. The line will be staffed seven days a week, 24 hours a day during the holiday season to help all in need."
Here are a few tips to help you and your loved ones reduce stress and enjoy the holidays:
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