And remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. Coping with stress depends not only on your inner resources, but also on the connections you have with people who are part of your life. Just as you need professional support from coworkers and mentors, so too do you need personal relationships from which you can receive emotional support. Hmm! The greater the number of people available who can offer help and advice during times of crisis or difficulty, the healthier you're likely to be. Those in self-help groups such as Celebrate Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous and many treatment Centers can attest to this fact; they know the benefit of having people to call when they crave a drink or drug, who help them make it through another day sober or without using. So it's a good idea to build a support network before you need it rather than try to find one when you're in crisis. Now's the time to create your Help Line- a listing of telephone numbers you can use during a time of difficulty. Include your family members, close friends, a partner, a college roommate, and others who act like family. Then keep the numbers handy for future support. I know I'm not alone. My family and intimate friends take time for me when I need it, and I do the same for them. Hmm! Sounds simple enough to me; try it! It really works!