Sometimes Christmas isn’t always the most wonderful time of year.

Those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction find it a particularly difficult time. It’s a period where excessive drinking and frequent nights out are on the cards where drugs could be taken and letting your hair down is encouraged. This festive atmosphere is not a bad thing. But if you are teetering on the edge of wanting help, it may put you off and lead to New Year resolutions that are never kept.

This period is also a lonely time for many, especially in the current climate, and you may turn to drugs or alcohol for comfort. Drug and alcohol abuse historically increases over this period as the time of year brings with it expectations of what happiness is and how life should be. For many, addicts especially, the reality is very different.

Residential alcohol and drug rehab like Ocean Recovery are open all year round and understand that this time of year especially is hard for those struggling with addiction. The unknowns of rehab may leave you feeling distressed or anxious about what step to take and whether Christmas is the right time to act. If you are looking to help someone else with addiction, then Ocean Recovery offers great support – guiding with our friend and family referral services.

Being unsure of the step to take is natural so below you will find out what you can expect to experience when spending New Year in rehab – and how it could be the best Christmas present you give yourself or someone else.


New Year, New You!

A new year brings with it the chance to begin again. You can set the next year off on the right foot by entering professional treatment and dealing with your substance abuse issues. Not everyone can do it without help and it is no shame to reach out for help. Acknowledging your limitations and being more open to self-reflection and overcoming feelings of shame are essential parts of recovery. It will also leave you in good stead beyond your stay at rehab.

Alcohol and drug abuse would have left you being a different person from what you were before. With treatment at Ocean Recovery, you can hopefully return to that person and feel like a new you with a new beginning.


Receiving Treatment Today at Ocean Recovery

Even during a busy time of Christmas and new year, at Ocean Recovery the treatment program that you will partake in is effective and part of our industry-leading approach to addiction treatment. With our quick and stress-free admissions process, from initial enquiry to entry into our facility may only take a couple of days.

Your rehabilitation will begin with detox treatment. Detox is the process of flushing harmful toxins out of your body by stopping your consumption of the substance that you are addicted to. Stopping rapidly is bound to bring on withdrawal symptoms – an unpleasant experience that you must go through to have a better chance at life in sobriety. The detox is medically supervised, meaning that medication will be administered to ease withdrawal symptoms and that you will be under the watchful care of our dedicated staff during this distressing time.

The bulk of your treatment at Ocean Recovery will be therapeutic. Spending time in an array of therapies that have been chosen for your unique situation will help you begin to uncover the reasons behind your addiction – and start the fight back.

At Ocean Recovery we understand that alcohol and drug addiction doesn’t only harm you physically, but also psychologically. Our client’s well-being and mental health are at the core of our caring philosophy – so we offer mental health treatments alongside the usual addiction regime. Mental health issues we treat include depression, stress, and anxiety.

The journey through rehab may seem overwhelming, but everything you do at Ocean Recovery is about improving your quality of life beyond our doors.


What Is it Like Being in Rehab Over Christmas?

Being in rehab during Christmas could seem depressing but this is not always the case.

At Ocean Recovery you can guarantee you won’t be alone. Surrounded by your peers and looked after by our dedicated staff, we aim to make Christmas at Ocean Recovery just as fun and memorable as if you were with your loved ones. You will be able to enjoy Christmas dinner cooked for you with all the trimmings and have the chance to communicate with friends and family – whether it be over Zoom, by phone or visitation.

However, you still are at rehab and there to work on your recovery. Keeping a routine up to instil self-discipline is essential and you can expect to attend some therapy meetings.

It’s important to remember going in that Christmas and New Year may be different, but it will not be bad. Keeping in mind the reasons why you are doing rehab and putting the work in, no matter the time of year, is key to succeeding beyond your time at Ocean Recovery.


Looking Beyond Christmas

The reason behind taking the plunge now and attending rehab during Christmas is to improve your life long-term. With recovery, it is best to take the process one step at a time but acknowledging a future sober and hopefully more fulfilling is not a bad thing to do.

Looking beyond Christmas to a sober life is not a promise to yourself, a New Year resolution, it’s hope.

To stay sober beyond your stay with Ocean Recovery at Christmas in mind there are things you can continue to do. Ocean Recovery offers a free 12-month aftercare package, aimed at relapse prevention that will be a road map through the first year of sober living. Through support meetings, you will hopefully begin to build a support network that lasts well beyond the 12 months and be there for you whenever you need a little help.

Staying vigilant through your recovery journey gives you a better chance at ensuring that next Christmas you are spending it sober and with the people you love.


Begin the Recovery Process Today

With all that information hopefully celebrating Christmas in rehab doesn’t sound like a bad thing. While it might be hard, sometimes it is better to put things aside to focus on your health and make next year better than this one by being sober. At Ocean Recovery we can help you through your substance abuse, whether it be alcoholcocaine or cannabis, and hopefully help you make next year better than this one.

To start your addiction recovery journey contact us today at 01253 847 553. You can also email or find the contact form on the website.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: January 13, 2022

John is one UK’s leading professionals in the addiction recovery industry. Pioneering new treatment techniques such as NAD+ and ongoing research into new therapy techniques such as systematic laser therapy, John is committed to providing the very best treatment for people throughout the UK and Europe. During his extremely busy schedule, John likes to regularly update our blog section with the latest news and trends in the industry to keep visitors to our site as well informed as possible on everything related to addiction treatment.