The pandemic and subsequent rules related to social distancing may trigger feelings of anxiety and depression. This is difficult for everyone dealing with the crisis. However, those with substance use disorders face even greater challenges. At Northern Illinois Recovery Center, we understand the impact of COVID-19 on recovery because we see it every day. Don’t let the crisis derail your sober living.
Here are some tips to help you maintain your sobriety during the crisis.
Don’t Use the Crisis as an Excuse
When you turn your back on addiction to seek a sober life, you also put certain behavior behind you. During recovery, our clients learn to follow the 12 step principles that include breaking down recovery one moment at a time, one day at a time, and one week at a time. This mentality can help you resist cravings and avoid triggers.
Stay Connected With Sober Family Members
Drugs and alcohol take a lot from you. They steal your health, your mental well-being, and your ability to control your own life. Unfortunately, you often have to say goodbye to friends and family members who drink or do drugs. That makes it even more important to stay connected to those who support sober living.
Through the internet’s power, supportive friends and loved ones are just a video call away. Choose the chat, video conferencing, or meeting software that best reflects your preferences. Schedule weekly chats with those who encourage you the most.
Here are some easy-to-use free online programs that can help you stay connected:
- Google Hangouts
Using these tools can help you stay away from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you are battling anxiety and depression aggravated by social media.
It’s OK to Feel Anxious in a Crisis
Fear and anxiety can lead to frustration and anger that spiral into drug or alcohol use. However, it’s important to learn how to deal with these difficult emotions. Otherwise, you will eventually channel your fear into harmful actions. Our alcohol addiction rehab center incorporates holistic and traditional therapies to help you cope with your thoughts and emotions at the moment.
When you process your emotions in a meaningful way, you reduce your frustration and anxiety. This helps you control your emotions, so you won’t turn to substance abuse, which merely numbs them. If you have already gone through detox and recovery, you might still find it hard to ask for help. Asking for help requires vulnerability, which people with substance use disorders have a hard time exposing.
Find New Hobbies
When you learn new hobbies and have interests outside of drug and alcohol use, sober living becomes second nature. During a crisis, it’s even more important to keep your mind occupied and think beyond the changes brought about by COVID-19.
Besides individual therapy and group therapy sessions, we offer life skills courses that help you develop a new interest and focus on productive activities. Social distancing and closures related to the pandemic may make it hard to look for employment right now. This means that you have more time on your hands. Take advantage of technology to look for online courses for self-improvement or interest areas to help you in your career.
Random Messages of Love and Kindness
Our sober living program focuses on making improvements that reduce the risk of relapse. This includes building connections and reaching out to loved ones to heal damaged relationships. Get into the habit of calling up family members and friends to check in with them. Before you know it, you may find yourself laughing and leaving boredom behind.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Northern Illinois
At Northern Illinois Recovery Center, you can find the professional assistance needed to stay sober during a crisis. COVID-19 places a tremendous amount of pressure on those in recovery. Contact us at 855.786.1978 today to determine how you can begin drug and alcohol rehab in a safe environment.