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'Huge rise' in number of people checking in to rehab in Oxfordshire

Officials fear the pandemic has led to 'very unhealthy relationships with drugs and alcohol.'

The Banbury Lodge has revealed a 'huge rise' in the number of people from across Oxfordshire checking in to rehab in the last 6 weeks.

From December 1st to January 10th, 86 people have been admitted to the local residential treatment centre.

That's a 75% rise compared to the same period last year, but with more women also needing help over the festive season.

Officials at Banbury Lodge say the increase could be down to 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic 'tipping people over the edge' and causing them to realise that they need to get professional help in order to be free from addiction this year. 

The majority of the most recent admissions - 62% - were for alcohol addiction alone, something that the Therapists at Banbury Lodge say is, after 2020, "unsurprising". 

The split between men and women checking into rehab has also changed in the last year - 35% of admissions were female and 65% male. Between 1st December 2019 and January 10th 2020 however, fewer women checked into treatment for help at just 28% of the admissions.

Nuno Albuquerque, Head of Treatment for Banbury Lodge, said: "What we have seen at Banbury Lodge is that a lot of people have really struggled throughout 2020 and that this has led to the development of very unhealthy relationships with drugs and alcohol.

"As we approached the end of 2020, more and more people than ever checked into our rehab; they took that all important first step and asked for help. 

"We provide critical care intervention and so we are open 24/7, 365 days a year, including Christmas. Our work doesn't stop and it was encouraging to see so many people from across the South East removing themselves from the temptations of overindulgence at Christmas and instead, prioritising a healthy and addiction-free new year.

"The people we admitted and treated during the last 6 weeks are now back at home, in our local communities, free from addiction and embarking on their journey to recovery. What better New Year resolution is there than that?"

24/7 free and confidential online support for drugs and alcohol across Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas is available, by clicking here.

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