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Battling addiction, alcoholism during the holidays

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ADDICTION

The holidays are here and if you'd like to celebrate with a drink, addiction experts say it may not be the best choice for everyone.

Being around loved ones with alcohol and added holiday stress can be challenging for those battling alcoholism or addiction. That's according to the L.E. Phillips Libertas Treatment Center.

The center suggested for those in recovery to go into celebrations with a plan. If you're offered a drink or something you don't want to do, create a support system to help you stay on a good path.

Center officials also said it's important for loved ones to be mindful that some guests over the holidays may be struggling, and to not push anyone to do anything they're hesitant on.

"If you're hosting a party, have alcoholic beverages if you want, but have something there for them, for anyone to drink who may not want to drink," said Corina Fisher, clinical social worker with the treatment center.

Fisher said it's great to offer support to a loved one you know is struggling to help them make good choices.

Mary Pautsch

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