Q: I’ve been in a drug rehab program for six months, and they just told me I can go home for a few days at Christmas. I suppose I ought to be glad, but I’m actually scared because I’ll see all my old friends and they’ll try to drag me down. What can I do? — K.R.
A: I think it’s very important that you NOT see any of your old friends when you visit your home for Christmas. Assuming your family is supportive of your efforts to manage and overcome your addiction, you should spend time with them and them only. If you do not think you can avoid your old friends, you should consider visiting family in another city or staying at the program facility for the holidays. If you opt for these latter choices, you could ask your members of your family to visit you.
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