Coronavirus and Addiction Recovery

As coronavirus cases continue to climb nationwide, people are beginning to take social distancing even more seriously than before. Most states have outlawed gatherings or more than two or three people. Non-essential businesses are closed; mostly everywhere aside from grocery stores, banks, healthcare centers, and takeout-only restaurants that have shut their doors.

This means that places, where 12 step meetings used to be held, are not only unavailable, but 12 step meetings are – as a rule – no longer allowed. Many recovering addicts and alcoholics have resorted to virtual meetings via Zoom, Skype and other online outlets. Still, the feelings of isolation and loneliness that go together with social distancing are leaving many recovering addicts and alcoholics on shaky ground.

Several recent articles have examined how the national outbreak is affecting recovering addicts. One theme is common across the board – those who have been in recovery either short or long-term for alcoholism or drug addiction are relapsing at greater rates than ever before. This is usually because they begin to feel isolated, alone or unstable in their recovery and fail to reach out for help; either because they feel as if they “shouldn’t” be struggling (which isn’t the case), or because they aren’t sure where to turn when help is needed. Mental health professionals across the globe are explaining how turning to healthy coping mechanisms to combat the anxiety and feelings of loneliness was essential in times like these.

Coronavirus and Addiction Recovery

Coronavirus and Mental Health 

Being locked inside with your thoughts all day can be difficult, especially if you tend to think too much – which most addicts and alcoholics do, no matter how much recovery they’ve got under their belts. Some addiction specialists have noted that there were several ideal ways to combat stress and stay sober amidst the lockdown. First, there are numerous resources available to sober men and women during this strange time, from online AA meetings (as previously mentioned) to free, online therapy sessions for those struggling with underlying mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. She also suggested taking the following steps:

  • Continuing to read recovery-related literature.
  • Engaging in healthy hobbies.
  • Practicing prayer and meditation daily.
  • Journaling and keeping track of thoughts and feelings.
  • Partaking in different creative projects and crafts.
  • Practicing staying in the present moment.

Of course, not everyone in recovery will have access to the same technology. Those who can’t easily plugin on their smartphones or laptops will need to find other ways to stay connected. There are helplines available if things get tough, and we at Recreate Life Counseling are always happy to help in any way that we can.

Recreate Life Counseling – Our Services

At Recreate Life Counseling we understand what a major impact this global, the viral outbreak has on those who are struggling to stay connected to a recovery community. For this reason, we’re offering services to our past, current and future clients so that everyone can reach out for and receive support whenever it is needed. Our facility is dedicated to changing the lives of addicts and alcoholics who have been suffering long-term and are ready to begin living the happy and fulfilled lives that they deserve. If you are struggling to maintain your sobriety during a lockdown, or if you are finally ready to stop the vicious cycle of drug abuse or alcoholism, we are here to help. Please give us a call today and let us know what we can do to improve your overall quality of life. 

Finally, try to remember that everything – even this – is temporary. While it has been proven that this is an especially hard time for those in recovery, you don’t need to fall victim to relapse. Remind yourself that “this too shall pass” and try to focus on how proud and capable you’ll feel once you make it out the other side unscathed.

Stay healthy,

Amanda Timonere, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, MCAP

Clinical Director