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Holidays = Family, Friends and…relapse?

Media Contact:

Kerry Gillick-Goldberg

EGC Group

M: 516.455.3179



(Farmingville, NY – December X, 2018) With the holidays upon us, Victory Recovery Partners, Long Island’s newest specialized center for the treatment of substance use disorder, located in Farmingville, shares strategies to help those struggling in their efforts to stay the course of recovery and avoid relapsing.



  1. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Expectations of what the holidays should be, or memories of what they were – rather than what they are – can lead you down an extremely emotional path of disappointment. Realize that others may feel the same way. Be self-aware. Be forgiving. Give yourself the gift of forgiveness.

  1. “So Much to Do, So Little Time

Committing too much to too many at holiday time is a recipe for failure. Slow down and decide what is most important to you. Give yourself the gift of time to enjoy those you love most.

  1. “The Sun Has Gone to Bed, and So Must I

With the excitement of the holidays, sleep sometimes takes a backseat, but fatigue can lead to moodiness, increased stress, and more intense emotions. Give yourself the gift of rest.

  1. “Over the River and Through the Woods

Travel at the holidays adds additional stress and insecurity as you will be removing yourself from your daily routine and support system. Plan ahead of schedule to have a buddy in place who you can rely on, so you are not alone or isolated. Making sure you can leave situations at any time and are not dependent on someone else for transportation can increase your sense of control. Be sure to research substance abuse disorder (SUD) recovery meetings in the area you’ll be traveling to in case you need additional support. Give yourself the gift of support.

  1. “I’m Sorry, So Sorry

Even if it means offending a relative or a friend, avoid situations and people that may sabotage your recovery. Give yourself the gift of maintaining your recovery.

  1. “We Are the Champions, My Friend

Allow yourself small wins during the season and celebrate them. Give yourself the gift of self-care.

  1. “Help! I Need Somebody

Realize that others are in dire need at the holidays and consider helping them. Focus your time, talent and treasure on them rather than yourself. You’ll realize how much you have to be grateful for. Give yourself the gift of gratitude.

The holidays can be an extremely stressful time of the year when drinking and drug usage is common, making it difficult to avoid exposure. Welcome the holiday season with a plan to protect and nurture your recovery.

For more information regarding Victory Recovery Partners, or to speak with Dr. Paolo Coppola, please reach out to (631)599-1475.


Victory Recovery Partners’ experienced physicians, psychiatrists, and behavioral health staff are here to provide you with the convenient, high-quality medical care you need and deserve. We specialize in the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for addiction using FDA-approved medications such as Buprenorphine (aka Suboxone) and Vivitrol, along with evidenced-based behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment interventions. Victory Recovery Partners provides a comprehensive approach for your recovery needs – all in one facility. Learn more by clicking here.

ABOUT PAOLO COPPOLA, M.D., FACEP – Co-Founder, CEO, Medical Staff

Dr. Paolo T. Coppola has years of experience providing medication-assisted treatment to patients suffering from opioid use disorders. Prior to co-founding Victory Recovery Partners, Dr. Coppola was the president of STAT Health, a chain of successful urgent care centers he founded in 2006 that provided walk-in medical care throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties, serving more than 250,000 patients annually. Prior to forming STAT Health, Dr. Coppola was the director of the Emergency Department at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. Dr. Coppola graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and performed his residency in the emergency department of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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