During the midst of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many men and women across the world are struggling to find the “new normal.” Everyone has had to make major adjustments to their daily lives over that past two months, from abiding by a stay at home orders to working with unemployment services and wearing face masks to the grocery store. Things have been completely turned upside down for many. For those in addiction recovery – those who rely on support groups to maintain sobriety – the adjustments have been especially hard. One of the most important parts of maintaining long-term recovery is sticking to a schedule and practicing consistency. Any major disruption to a daily routine can throw a serious wrench in things.
However, even when things seem to fall completely off track, relapse is never a prerequisite. It is possible to maintain recovery even during these unprecedented times. We at Recreate Life Counseling have developed a few simple tips that will help you stay sober during the pandemic – take a look!
Avoid Addiction Triggers During COVID-19
- Attend virtual meetings at least once a day. With all of the extra time on your hands, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be taking advantage of all of the online Zoom AA meetings! No matter what 12 step program you’re a part of, you will be able to find a meeting that is perfect for you. Make a weekly meeting schedule and stick to it!
- Incorporate meditation and prayer into your daily routine. Many things have changed, but make sure you stay up-to-date on your program of recovery is crucial. Make sure that you are staying spiritually connected… whatever that looks like for you. There are also many virtual yoga classes and meditation classes that are being offered for free right now – look into available options and resources and stick to a routine!
- Make sure you’re staying connected! Call one of your sober supports every single day, even if it is just to say hello or vent about how frustrating lockdown has been. Make sure that you are staying in touch with your sponsor, and give someone a call every time you start to feel restless, irritable, or discontent. Bottling things up is dangerous, and failing to talk things truly can prove to be a huge threat to your recovery.
- Spend time outside. Keep yourself busy. Spending time outdoors makes social distancing easy, and you will feel more grounded and stable every time you get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Take this time to explore and play!
Recreate Life Counseling and COVID-19
Addiction recovery is essential – therefore, we remain open and we are currently taking new admissions. Of course, we have made many changes and adaptations ourselves to protect the safety and health of all of our clients. Before admission to our program, we carefully screen each potential client, taking the known symptoms of COVID-19 into careful consideration. Unfortunately, those who are presenting symptoms like a fever, a dry cough, or respiratory issues will be denied admission until their symptoms resolve completely. We are also restricting visitations and reducing the number of employees.
The size of our group therapy sessions has been reduced, and we are following all social distancing protocols. While we still offer comprehensive care to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, we understand that we need to take certain preventative measures to keep every one of our clients as safe as possible. Our number one priority is protecting our patients and doing everything we can to ensure they receive the care they need in a safe and secure environment. For more information on our program of recovery, or to learn more about avoiding relapse during COVID-19, give us a call today.