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Holidays mark a tough time for those recovering from addiction

Posted at 11:06 PM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 23:12:50-05

CINCINNATI -- Trevor Steinhauser said addiction nearly took his life.

Steinhauser, a father of three, said his cocaine use a few years ago "spun out of control."

"I was spared death," he said. "I was probably three weeks away from a massive heart attack."

While holidays bring joy to many, they can also bring a struggle to stay clean for those recovering from addiction. Bill Koshover with the Addiction Services council said this season comes with an increase in calls for help from throughout the Tri-State. 

"With the holidays, that brings up stress and tension for the individuals as well as for the families," he said. 

Now, Steinhauser is helping people through his own recovery coaching business. He said having a plan is the first step to staying sober.  

Steinhauser also recommended people recovering from addiction drive themselves places so they are able to leave if there are temptations or triggers. 

"There's hope, and it's a beautiful thing," he said.

The Addiction Services Council has a 24-hour emergency help line. The number is 513-281-7880.