Free Addiction Support Services for Christmas 2022

Christmas can often be a difficult time of year, whether you are in active addiction or in recovery.

Castle Craig has put together a comprehensive list of free addiction support services across the UK, available to those in recovery over this time of year.

Click Here for The Christmas Support List – List of meetings and support lines

There are several reasons why someone might want to use free additional support services this Christmas. 

For one, these meetings provide a convenient and accessible way for you to connect with others who are dealing with similar challenges. This can be especially important for those who may not have access to other forms of support, such as therapy, counselling, strong family relationships or a network of support. 

Online AA meetings can be especially helpful for those who do not have access to in-person meetings, or who prefer the anonymity and flexibility of an online setting. Additionally, free addiction support meetings can provide a safe and confidential space for you to talk about your experiences and receive support from like-minded peers or trained professionals. This can be an important first step in seeking help for drug and alcohol problems and can be a valuable resource for those who are unsure of where to turn to for support. 

Having online NA and AA meetings at your fingertips is going to strengthen your recovery. 

Many of the meetings on our list are online meetings. You can read more about the benefits of attending online Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings here. 

Online Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Fellowship Meetings 

Online AA meetings in particular have had a surge in popularity over the last couple of years and it’s not hard to see why. 

While we believe that the most powerful meetings are face-to-face, online meetings can be beneficial for a number of reasons. 

If it has been a while since your last in-person recovery meeting, why not see if online groups offer something for you? Whether you are in active addiction, early recovery, long-established recovery or simply sober-curious; Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous recovery groups will have something to offer you. 

Why Is Christmas a Difficult Time of Year for Alcoholics?

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for those suffering from alcoholism for a number of reasons. For one, the Christmas holidays are often associated with social gatherings and celebrations, which can provide a lot of temptation for those who are trying to avoid alcohol. This can be especially dangerous for those in recovery, as alcohol can quickly lead to relapse if not managed carefully.

Christmas and New Year can be a stressful time for many people due to the following reasons:

  • Family arguments,
  • Grief for the memories of those who have died,
  • Meeting deadlines at work before the holidays and new year,
  • Travel stress,
  • Money problems due to the cost-of-living and winter fuel prices rising on top of buying food and gifts for Christmas,
  • Isolation and loneliness,
  • Planning for all the events that come in the Christmas season. 

Because of these stresses around the Christmas period, people in recovery might feel the temptation to turn to alcohol or drugs such as cannabis, to cope.  Furthermore, the holiday season can also be a time of increased isolation and loneliness for some people, which can be a trigger for alcohol use. For all these reasons, it’s important for people in recovery to be particularly mindful of their triggers and to have a plan in place to manage any cravings that may arise during the Christmas holiday season.

5 Strategies to Prevent Addiction Relapse Over the Christmas Holidays

To help you stay strong in times of temptation, remember to use these five strategies to strengthen your armour against addiction relapse:

  1. Stay connected, message or call at least 3 people in your recovery network each day being honest about where you are at and how you are feeling.
  2. Check-in with yourself and maintain your boundaries, if you feel too vulnerable to be at an event politely excuse yourself.
  3. Keep engaging with your programme and meetings. Addiction does not take the holidays off!
  4. Plan ahead, write out your daily duties and meetings in advance to prevent gaps in your programme.
  5. Make good choices about the company you keep and the positions you put yourself in.

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