If you found yourself reaching for that extra drink more often than usual this holiday season, you’re not alone. While festivities invite happiness, they can also bring feelings of loneliness and stress. Parties and family gatherings can make you feel uncomfortable, especially when money is tight and emotions are high, leading many to turn to alcohol for comfort.
At Henry J. Austin Health Center, we understand why people might rely on alcohol during tough times. That’s why we offer a solution—a way to start the new year on a healthier path through our Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program.
MAT isn’t just about medications; it’s a holistic approach made to fit your unique journey to recovery from substance use problems, especially opioid addiction. We provide a range of different treatment methods because we know everyone’s journey to feeling better is different.
Did you know?
A normal drink is a 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a shot of liquor. If your drinks are bigger or stronger, they count as more than one.
According to the CDC, adults who are allowed to drink can choose to have fewer drinks—2 or less per day for men, or 1 or less per day for women—on days when they drink. If you have more than that, you increase your chances of having many health problems, like cancer, liver issues, high blood pressure, and mental health troubles.
If you’re pregnant or trying to have a baby, it’s safest not to drink any alcohol at all. All types of alcoholic drinks, even wine and beer, can hurt an unborn baby. Not drinking during pregnancy is really important for the health of both you and your baby.
Making a change can be scary, but starting earlier often helps more. Our MAT program doesn’t just give you treatment; we also give you support and resources to help you through this big change.
Remember, a new year is a chance to choose health and start making things better for tomorrow. At Henry J. Austin Health Center, we’re here to help and support you as you take steps toward a healthier future.
Take the first step toward feeling better in 2024. Call 609-278-6361 to speak to a staff member about how we can help you take control of your health or visit our Behavioral Health Services to schedule an appointment.