Holidays, Relationships, and Alcohol – Best of Excursions

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There is a phenomenon that occurs at Sanford Behavioral Health after a holiday: website traffic increases, and phone calls surge. Our most viral articles about holidays, relationships, and alcohol misuse are accessed from the recesses of our blog. Why? The downtime, family time, and festivities around holidays often illuminate problems with drinking and fissures in relationships. Consequently, in the morning (or weeks) after a holiday, individuals and their loved ones look for answers and help.


Holidays, Relationships, and Alcohol

What is it about close encounters with family that bring out the best and the beast in all of us? When a family member with an alcohol problem is off work, school, or other obligations and in a lively mood, loved ones might see what they have been worrying about in real-time. It is not surprising that after a poolside pratfall, an argument with Uncle John, or an embarrassing incident, the parties involved look for answers to the burning question, “Is alcohol ruining my relationship with my loved one?”


We have assembled three of our most requested articles on the subject for your reading pleasure. However, if you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, eating disorders, or other mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression), don’t wait to change your life – click the link below to speak with a Sanford Behavioral Health admissions specialist about our programs.



One of the most difficult things to do is to confront a loved one about their problematic drinking. Sanford founder, Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC, address the subject in her column Ask Rae. 

How Do I Talk To My Partner About Their Problem Drinking?

Most of all, don’t give up. This disease wears everyone out, not just the drinking spouse. The brain problems associated with substance use disorders dramatically hinder a person’s ability to make the right decisions. Your loved one’s poor choices are likely reflective of an escalating progressive disease. [Read More]



Articles on the subject of divorce and alcohol have been viewed on the Sanford website over 150,000 times. This is clearly a subject that comes up after a holiday. In Michigan, where the summers are fleeting, summers can present problems with holidays, relationships, and alcohol!

Alcohol and Divorce – Is Alcohol Ruining the Marriage?

Many factors impact the relationship between marital instability and alcohol consumption. For example, a study by The University of Buffalo established that marriages end in divorce almost 50% of the time if one of the parties is a heavy drinker. [Read More]


Forewarned is forearmed and we have thought about the potential hazzards this summer (hint – boats, planes, and parties). For those in recovery, or those who are cutting back we offer suggestions on how to avoid the pitfalls of holiday triggers.

 Four Summer Addiction Triggers to Avoid!

It seems unfair when you are trying to cut back on alcohol, but summer vacation and boating often equal drinking and partying. At Sanford Behavioral Health (Sanford), we are always looking for simple ways to make life’s journey a little less stressful. [Read More]


Summer holidays, relationships, and alcohol can be manageable.

At Sanford Behavioral Health, we prepare our clients for recovery challenges while in treatment. We develop individual recovery plans designed to provide support and accountability to each individual in our care. Likewise, our Family Program addresses the warning signs of relapse triggers with loved ones. Of note, the longer a person is in recovery, the easier it is to incorporate activities back into their life. Click the link below and call today to change your life for the better!


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