Christmas can be a challenging time if you are struggling with an addiction.
The festive season can bring up many painful memories and emotions, and you may be worried about whether this will be something that causes you to fall further into your addiction.
As the day approaches, you may also be feeling incredibly stressed as you worry about how you are going to hide your addiction from your family. And as most people overindulge over the season, you may be concerned about whether the urge to drink, take drugs or get involved in other addictive behaviours will be more difficult to control.
If you are worried about Christmas and are wanting to put yourself through an Addiction Treatment Programme over the festive season, or are looking for a family member or friend, all Priory Group rehabilitation clinics will be staying open and staffed throughout the entire Christmas period.
During this time, we are dedicated to supporting people who are choosing to put their recovery first so that they can get their life back on track.
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Christmas in Priory’s Addiction Treatment Programme
All our rehabilitation clinics make sure that over the Christmas period, people are able to focus on their recovery. The teams also work hard to ensure that Christmas isn’t forgotten.
We spoke to a number of our UK rehab clinics to find out what the festive period will be like for those working through an Addiction Treatment Programme with us this year.
Priory Hospital Bristol
Christmas is certainly not forgotten at Priory Hospital Bristol. The team recognise that going through an Addiction Treatment Programme over Christmas can be challenging, so everyone works hard to create a festive and positive atmosphere throughout the month of December.
Ward Manager, Calum, says: “We want people to feel as comfortable as possible during the Christmas period. We recognise that this can be difficult for some people, as it is a time focused on family. So, we work hard to ensure people are supported throughout this period. We are here to support people in any way we can.”
Senior Health Care Assistant, Mandy, says: “We create an environment that is positive, where laughter is the best medicine. We support each other throughout this time, and bring the magic of Christmas to the clinic.”
For anyone thinking about accessing addiction treatment over Christmas, recognising that there is a problem and being willing to put recovery first is highly commendable. Ward Clerk, Claire, reminds everyone: “Don’t let the past steal your present”.
During December, Life Works strive to strike a balance between creating a festive atmosphere and providing people with the time and space that they need to focus on their recovery.
On Christmas Day, the atmosphere is relaxed, and feels more like a weekend. People can have a Christmas dinner and hand out little gifts. At the same time, daily group affirmations still take place and people have the opportunity to continue with their step work, as they would on any other day.
During Christmas at Life Works, the team find that people on an Addiction Treatment Programme are dedicated to working on their recovery. They’ve taken the time out so that they can work towards getting themselves back on track.
Priory Hospital Woking
At Priory Hospital Woking, the team know that the festive period can be a very difficult time for people with addictions.
Coming into recovery often means learning to celebrate Christmas in a different way, and at Woking, that starts in treatment. With the hospital already decorated for Christmas, the team work hard to make sure that the people going through their treatment programme have all the support they could need to make this time as joyful as possible.
On Christmas Day, the normal programme continues for people in treatment in the morning, providing them with the chance to get support with difficult feelings.
Christmas is a time of celebration for all of the UK and a chance for those in recovery to celebrate and embrace a new way of life, and the team are here to help every step of the way.
Attending addiction treatment over Christmas
If you would like to find out more about working through an Addiction Treatment Programme over Christmas, or are looking for information for a family member or friend, you can call us or make an enquiry online for further details on our locations with rehabilitation clinics.