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How can I avoid risky behaviors if I am grieving?

Dangerous coping strategies—such as drinking too much alcohol (more than one drink a day for women and two for men), abusing drugs, or engaging in impulsive or risky behavior—may blot out or numb pain temporarily. But they derail healthy grieving and can have other unwanted consequences. Substituting safer behaviors when these impulses arise—such as seeking solace with other caring people, praying, exercising, writing in a journal, or trying stress-relief techniques—will serve you better. If you are finding yourself drawn to risky behaviors, you may want to contact a grief counselor or mental health professional who can help you make healthier choices as you grieve.

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