5 reasons Why Christmas Is the Best Time To Go To Alcohol Rehab

Many people delay seeking help for an alcohol problem until after the Christmas period. We know this due to the heavy demand for alcohol rehab when the Christmas and New Year period is over.

January is historically a traditional time for people to give up drinking and make New Year’s resolutions for a healthier lifestyle. Still, if you suffer from alcoholism, this particular resolution is unlikely to come to fruition without professional help and treatment.

There are many reasons why spending time in an alcohol rehab at Christmas is actually an excellent idea. Here, we look at why:

1 – The best gift of all

Christmas is a traditional time of giving gifts to relatives and loved ones. However, the best gift you could give your family and indeed yourself is to undergo alcohol treatment if you need it.

At Detox Plus, we work closely with the families of those affected by alcoholism. We know for a fact that loved ones of people with an alcohol problem actually fear the Christmas period, and for very good reason!

For a person suffering from alcohol addiction, Christmas and alcohol usually go together, and New Year is seen as a green light to drink even more. This can lead to dangerous levels of intoxication, which can lead to alcohol dependence and death and have a wider impact on everyone.

Admitting to treatment over the festive period, your family and loved ones will know that you are safe. This will undoubtedly relieve the stress and fear they are currently feeling with the Christmas period fast approaching.

Imagine returning home after treatment, sober and looking and feeling much, much better! This could be your reality if you choose to spend an alcohol-free Christmas in a CQC registered treatment clinic.


2 – Higher counsellor to patient ratio

All of our exemplary treatment clinics operate fully over the Christmas period. 

Admitting over the Christmas period, there will be a higher counsellor to patient ratio with a more peaceful and intimate feel. As a patient, you would fully benefit from this.

All of the rehabs limit the number of patients admitted to ensure patient safety and ensure that the highest levels of treatment and support can be delivered.

Deaths in Scotland related to alcohol rose dramatically last year as drinkers increased their intake during Covid lockdowns. The number of alcohol-specific deaths registered increased by 17 per cent in 2020 to the highest level in more than a decade.

This means providing earlier treatment and support where it is needed.

3 – Stress-free Christmas

Let’s face it, Christmas is a tough time for many. Not everyone enjoys the Christmas period. It can be immensely stressful trying to accommodate everyone and prepare everything. For some, it means a time of loneliness like no other. Not everyone has a family to celebrate with.

Most that suffer from alcoholism end up binge drinking at Christmas and isolating themselves from family and friends. Drinking is no longer fun or a choice, and it becomes an obsession and compulsion.

Whether you are planning on spending the festive time alone or with family and have a problem with alcohol, spending time in treatment to concentrate on yourself will take all of the stress and loneliness away from the Christmas period.

In rehab, you will never be alone and will receive high levels of support and bespoke treatments from our multidisciplinary teams of professionals.

Undergoing treatment also doesn’t need to cost the earth. Alongside our luxury alcohol rehabs, we also have top quality, fully CQC registered cheaper options for those on a budget.

4 – New year – New you!

Not everyone has the ability to turn their lives around or make change without professional help. Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive brain disease characterised by relapse and continuation despite negative consequences. A person with alcoholism will be compelled to drink alcohol, and they will eat, sleep and feel that they even need to breathe alcohol.

Alcohol to an alcoholic is a necessity, not a choice. They are compelled to drink even when they don’t want to.  Alcohol treatment has advanced hugely in recent years as we now know so much more about the nature of the illness and how to treat it successfully.

You will undergo intensive and bespoke evidence-based treatments targeted to treat each and every part of you.

Where an alcohol dependence is identified, our doctors and nurses will ensure you undergo a full medical alcohol detox that is both safe and comfortable with 24/7 support.

Following detoxification, you with then have the opportunity to undergo a personalised alcohol rehabilitation programme that will help heal the past and enable you to continue living an alcohol-free life.

5 – Time out for you

Christmas is the one time of year where nearly everyone can take time out of hectic schedules and work with family. Of course, there are some exceptions, but generally speaking, with additional bank holidays and time off work, many people could easily take 2-3 weeks out of work to undergo treatment without raising suspicion.

We take our patients confidentiality extremely seriously. No one needs to know about your admission unless you want them to or unless we feel an exceptional need.

Christmas and the New Year are ideal times to take time out and concentrate on yourself, finally accessing lifesaving and life-changing alcohol treatment.

What to expect in rehab over Christmas

Just because we provide first-class medical and professional care does not mean that clinics do not celebrate Christmas. All rehabs go over and above to ensure that guests have the best Christmas possible under the given circumstances.

Christmas is traditionally celebrated in rehab with food, decorations, films, games and music. Basically, it’s still Christmas but without the booze and temptation of drugs.

Within the peaceful and nurturing environment, you will have the time and space to properly recuperate with the correct care and treatment.

We also understand that this time of year is traditionally a time for family for most people. We place a special emphasis on reuniting families and supporting them in building healthier and stronger relationships. In addition to regularly scheduled visiting times, you can speak to family and loved ones on Christmas day if this is your wish.

Christmas recovery retreats 

It is not only those currently struggling with active alcoholism that benefits from rehab but also those who feel vulnerable in their recovery.

Christmas is a notoriously difficult time of year for many different reasons and even more so for those in recovery.

Many of our treatment centres run retreats that sober guests can attend. As well as undergoing professional therapy to strengthen your sobriety or reboot your recovery, you will never be alone and have all the support you need to get you through the festive period sober.

If you are recovering from alcoholism and fear for your sanity or sobriety, why not take the stress off and come and stay with us over the Christmas period, where you will be safe and nurtured.

For more information or to arrange admission to one of our top quality, reputable alcohol rehabs, call and speak to a member of our professional team of friendly experts.