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For Those in Recovery Over the Holidays, Hotline and Online Support Groups Offered by Mountainside Treatment Center

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Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for reconnecting with loved ones over food and drinks, but for those in active addiction or recovery, it can present unhealthy temptations and added stress. With the Thanksgiving break quickly approaching, Mountainside treatment center in Wilton will provide a free helpline and “virtual” recovery support groups online for those in need of assistance for themselves or their loved ones this holiday season. — an announcement from Mountainside Treatment Center

For people in recovery, the cold weather and shorter days of winter can lead to boredom and isolation, increasing their risk of relapse. Additionally, binge drinking over the Thanksgiving weekend has become increasingly popular, with Thanksgiving Eve even being nicknamed “Blackout Wednesday” or “Drinksgiving” as many Americans pack local bars to celebrate the long weekend. With this in mind, Mountainside’s 24/7 Holiday Helpline will be available from Nov.

Family Support Group

Free, Monthly Support Group for Families of Addicted Loved Ones Offered in Wilton

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Watching your loved one struggle with addiction is heartbreaking, but as they begin to heal, you must also embark on your own journey of recovery. Having a strong support system is key, which is why Mountainside, an addiction treatment center with a location in Wilton invites you to its Family Support Group, a free, monthly event open to anyone who has been affected by a loved one’s addiction. The group generally meets on the second Wednesday of any month. The next meeting of the group is from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13.

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Free, Monthly Family Support Groups for Families With Addicted Members Now at Mountainside Wilton

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Mountainside Wilton now offers Family Support Groups to those who have been impacted by a loved one’s addiction. These free monthly sessions are designed to provide family members with the recovery and support services they need to heal in tandem with their addicted loved ones. — an announcement from Mountainside Wilton
Family Support Groups at Mountainside are open to parents, spouses, children, friends, and others whose loved ones have struggled with drug or alcohol misuse. Group members are encouraged to share their stories, setbacks, and successes with those who have encountered similar challenges. “When a loved one suffers from addiction, families usually want to provide for them in any way they can – sometimes, at the expense of their own well-being,” says Carolee Paruta, Regional Director of Outpatient Services at Mountainside.

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Men and Women Face Different Hurdles When Recovering From Addiction, Says Treatment Agency

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If you’ve recovered from an addiction yourself and know of someone of the opposite sex who’s trying to recover from one now, you may not realize that the challenges of recovery can be different for men than they are for women. This article, contributed by Mountainside Treatment Center, which has a location in Wilton, discusses what’s different (individuals will, of course, vary — this article discusses generalized group differences):

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), men and women face similar odds of developing substance use disorders. Despite this fact, women and men encounter unique hurdles in their efforts to achieve sobriety, due to several biological and social factors. Here are four ways addiction distinctly affects male and female substance users:
1. Addicted women are more stigmatized.

Risks Women Girls Alcohol 2019

More Drinking, Alcoholism Among Women Now, and They Face Particular Risks

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Women have made many economic and social advancements, but another gender gap is closing: drinking rates among men and women. Researchers believe that rates of female alcohol consumption — and alcoholism — have escalated due to shifting cultural messages about women’s drinking, along with the growing number of women turning to alcohol to alleviate stress. — an article from Mountainside Treatment Centers (illustrations added by
A 2017 study from the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that drinking rates increased significantly among the general public from 2002 to 2013, and the frequency of high-risk drinking among women in particular spiked by 58 percent. More alarmingly, the study revealed that rates of alcoholism among women rose by 84 percent during the same period. The rise in women’s drinking over the past two decades is not a coincidence.