Denis Trudel, Bloc Québécois MP for Longueuil-Saint-Hubert (Archive photo)
During his first year of abstinence, he remembers avoiding several parties. I did other things to avoid possibilities where I could have relapsed. And it worked for me.
Ms. Lapointe particularly wishes to warn those who are experiencing their first end-of-year holidays in sobriety: If you think you're at risk, go to a meeting, have coffee with friends who are also abstinent, and avoid dinners with alcohol.
If you are entertaining loved ones who are beginning their sobriety process or if you suspect that one of your guests has a substance abuse problem, Ms. Lapointe suggests putting places all the winning conditions to receive them safely.
For example, this can mean ensuring that you have drinks that do not contain alcohol, in addition to having the responsibility to accommodate the person if they are in need. drunkenness.
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Anne-Élizabeth Lapointe, the general director of Maison Jean-Lapointe (Archive photo)
The general director of Maison Jean-Lapointe is however aware that it can be difficult to intervene with these people. They don't necessarily want to be confronted. Most of the time, they are aware [of their problem], but they are also in denial.
The latter also points out that it There is still stigma against people who do not consume alcohol.
We still see that we disturb others, she notes. There is still a way to go in terms of accepting people with drinking problems.
The 28 Day Alcohol Free Challenge is notably one of the occasions to talk about it, she concludes.