This post is part of our Blogging.LA Holiday Giving series.
The holidays, for many, can be a time to excuse a bit more indulgence than usual. A few extra drinks at the office Christmas party, perhaps. But then, most offices have that guy or that gal—you know the one—who takes it to another level. Slurring, stumbling, making inappropriate comments and feeling like a total asshole upon
waking up coming to the next morning. Or maybe it’s the one who spends an inordinate amount of time in the restroom, talking like Charlie Sheen when they finally emerge. Winning!
For some people holiday libations can be a wonderful social lubricant to help people get over the humbug and try to feel warm and caring towards—gasp!—coworkers and family members. For others, the holidays might simply serve as a socially acceptable license to seek out what we really desire any time we pick up a drink (or other drug)—total oblivion.
For people with that self-destructive impulse, whatever its source (genetics, personality type, we got sweaters for Christmas instead of Transformers), the holidays can be the most dangerous time of year. There are places that are there to help, however, and Cri-Help in North Hollywood is one of them. Here’s some info from their website:
CRI-HELP assures accessibility to all our services by individuals and families in need, and reserves at least 51% of its treatment opportunities for persons who are uninsured and unable to pay for the services they receive. Every year we treat more than 1,500 persons who are working to rebuild their lives.
Looking To Our Future
Our continuing goal is to help each individual who seeks us out develop the tools that allow him or her to integrate back into the community as a drug-free, self-sufficient, law-abiding and productive member of society.
How Can You Help?
A little bit goes a long way, and your contributions will support Cri-Help so they can be there for that Charlie Sheen in your office, or for the uncle who always ends up passed out in the La-Z- Boy. Do it for the kids.