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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Some holiday tips for families of people in recovery:

Avoid exposing the family member to alcoholic beverages and other substances of abuse.

Allow open discussion of feelings regarding abstinence and sobriety.

Encourage the recovering person to invite a recovering peer to family gatherings.

Offer to accompany the family member to recovery related activities, like support groups or sober holiday parties.

Do not pressure the family member to attend gatherings that may cause emotional discomfort.

Make yourself available to give support, and give them words of encouragement.

We wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year.

Cheri KellySenior Prevention SpecialistNorthpointe Council, Inc.

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