Also known as Mardi Gras – a time when many people throughout the world indulge in food and drink – often to excess. Originally started as a precursor to the Lenten season, like any holiday that is centered around food and parties, it can be triggering for individuals who are struggling or in recovery with an eating, substance use, or other mental health disorder. Especially with these types of celebrations, it’s important to understand your triggers, practice coping strategies, and being able to remove yourself from the situation are all essential components to preventing relapse. And don’t hesitate to reach out to someone if you need help. Several NAMI NC affiliates in NC offer free and confidential virtual support groups for peers, family members, and loved ones. Click here for more information.