Party season can be challenging for those struggling with addiction

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Party season can be challenging for those struggling with addiction

Lots of parties, lots of alcohol, lots of stress for some around Christmas

CBC NewsPosted: Dec 21, 2015 7:47 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 21, 2015 11:53 AM ET

Party hosts should have ample non-alcoholic beverages.

As the song says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

But for people dealing with addictions, it can also be the most challenging.

Andrew Galloway knows that well. He’s been through his own struggles with alcohol and with cocaine. He’s been in recovery 14 years and now works as certified counsellor national director at the Edgewood Health Network in Toronto.

There are more parties, which means more drinking. “The average person tends to drink a lot more,” said Galloway. “It’s all around us more.”

But there are ways to make a person who doesn’t drink feel more comfortable at a party, said Galloway. Here’s a list of some small gestures…

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