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Human Connection Will Be Essential During The Holiday Season For Residents Battling An Addiction

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The Washtenaw Chapter of Families Against Narcotics, also known as FAN, says, now more than ever because of the pandemic, it’s important to reach out to friends and family who are battling addictions like alcohol or drugs.  

Social distancing has kept many friends and family members physically away from each other to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but FAN says the isolation can be even more difficult during the holiday season for people recovering from an addiction.  Mario Nanos is president of FAN and recommends to connect over the phone or virtually with those in recovery.

Mario Nanos: When I see somebody that I miss and I’m on a Zoom call, that’s better. It’s better than not seeing them at all.

Nanos says that if you plan to host a virtual New Year’s Eve party, you may want to consider not having your guests drink alcohol on camera if someone in the group is recovering from alcohol addiction.

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