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Do the Holidays Drive You to Drink?

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Alcohol and drug abuse increases during the holiday season for alcoholics and non-alcoholics alike, as people are trying to cope with the extra stress and anxiety.
Air Date: 11/19/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Velvet Mangan
Velvet headshot Velvet Mangan is a woman of strength and vision and has been a transformational activist in the recovery community focusing her efforts on the healing and well-being of young women. She has incorporated her years of life experience and knowledge of women's suffering and addiction into her mission and ultimately her sense of purpose.

Velvet opened her doors and her heart to restore the soul sickness she once suffered herself years ago and has now developed one of the leading women's drug and alcohol treatment programs, Safe Harbor Treatment Center. By breaking the silence women are so used to enduring in the grips of addiction, Velvet continues to change the stigma and barriers women face day to day. Through her divine visions and guidance, Velvet is an inspiration to young women who walk side by side with her learning what it means to be authentic, to live in ones truth, to live in recovery, to live in sobriety, and most importantly to live in love.
Do the Holidays Drive You to Drink?
Holiday gatherings include preparation, expenses, drinking alcohol, and gloomy winter weather that can contribute to feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness.

Velvet Mangan, the Founder of Safe Harbor Treatment Center for Women, talks about how the holiday triggers more substance abuse and techniques to enjoy the season without putting substances first.