For recovering addicts and alcoholics, maintaining a strong sense of connection with other like-minded peers is essential to staying sober. Addiction recovery is essentially founded on the “one addict helping another” system – to maintain long-term recovery, the most important piece is reaching out and asking for help whenever help is necessary. Communication and honesty are key, as is regularly attending 12 step meetings. What with the recent coronavirus outbreak, maintaining connection has never been quite as difficult as it is right now.
With social distancing regulations in place, along with bans on gatherings of more than two or three people and widespread shutdowns, those in recovery have been getting creative when it comes to acquiring the support they so desperately need. Many Alcoholics Anonymous groups are beginning to meet virtually, using Zoom or other platforms to conduct their meetings online. While this method of staying connected undeniably helps, it can be difficult for some to maintain motivation or rely on accountability the way they would if they were still able to meet in person.
Having a Support System During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Several recently published articles study and examine the impact that the coronavirus outbreak and resulting social distancing have had on the recovery community thus far. Numerous journalists have interviewed a wide range of addiction specialists across the country, all of whom acknowledged the fact that this was a tough time for those in recovery. Several addiction specialists reported that they had already begun to see a spike in drug and alcohol-related relapses. It’s important to be able to identify your relapse triggers.
Indeed, isolation and the stress of the outbreak (job loss, financial insecurity, health-related concerns) are triggers for relapse, and that healthy coping mechanism must be employed for those in recovery to make it through the other side with their sobriety intact. If you have been struggling to stay sober during the COVID-19 outbreak and you’re unsure where to turn for the support that you need, rest assured that there are resources available.
Addiction Recovery Resources
It’s important to understand that while rates of relapse are undeniably increasing, there is no reason to become another statistic – there are plenty of ways to stay involved in the recovery community and obtain all of the services you need. Some suggestions are:
- Online recovery meetings.
Many Alcoholics Anonymous meetings can be found on Zoom or other virtual networking platforms. Give us a call for a list of resources.
- Practicing prayer and meditation daily.
Waking up each morning and engaging in prayer and meditation will help you start the day on the right foot. Staying engaged in spirituality will benefit you in the short and the long-term.
- Continuing to read recovery-related literature.
Find a daily reader and read an excerpt each morning or go back through your Big Book and remember why you got sober in the first place.
Journaling your thoughts and feelings will help you to quickly work through uncomfortable emotions.
- Engaging in healthy and self-esteem building hobbies.
Take an online yoga class every morning or start jogging around the block before dinner. Staying active will help keep you sane!
- Being creative; partaking in arts and crafts.
- Getting your hands on an AA or NA workbook.
Give us a call and ask how you can get an old 12 step workbook. This is an ideal option for those who might not have access to as many online resources.
- Reaching out through hotlines or calling a treatment center.
Addiction Treatment from Allure Detox
That’s where we at Allure Detox come into play. If you went through our program before or if you are considering going through our treatment center in the future (even if you aren’t sure whether or not you want to get clean), we are available to talk and offer support at any hour of the day. We understand how vital maintaining connection is, and we also know that it can be difficult to know where to turn during such strange times.
Our team of compassionate professionals always prioritizes the well-being of their patients – past, present, and future. Simply give us a call and let us know what we can do to help. We look forward to speaking with you soon and want to remind you that no matter what, there is always help available.
Amanda Timonere, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, MCAP