If you are one of the many people who have reclaimed your independence from drugs and alcohol and are trying to maintain your sobriety during these extraordinary times, we congratulate you on the progress you’ve made thus far. However, we also recognize that the need to self-quarantine to protect yourself and your neighbors has presented you with unique challenges. Here’s how to tackle these issues head-on.
1. Avoid Loneliness
Isolation is a hallmark of addiction for many people. As the disease takes a firmer and firmer hold, addicts often retreat from formerly enjoyable activities and distance themselves from their loved ones in favor of increased substance use. Now that social distancing and self-isolation have become the new norm for everyone, you might be feeling the increased pressure of loneliness as a relapse trigger.
During these unprecedented times, use technology to stay connected to family and friends. For example, you can organize a virtual dinner or game night with apps such as Skype and Houseparty. Even when you can’t meet up in person, you can still have a sense of community and camaraderie through online gatherings.
2. Develop a Healthy Quarantine Routine
Routine is an essential part of successful addiction recovery because it can help create structure in your life. If you are housebound and following your state or local shelter-in-place orders to prevent the transmission of coronavirus, you may have noticed your days starting to blend together. In this case, you should take steps to create a daily schedule. Make sure to include consistent times when you will get up, eat, do household chores, work, exercise, meditate and go to bed.
3. Set Boundaries With Others
If you’re observing self-quarantine with roommates or family members, you might have noticed everyone handles the unique stresses of these unusual circumstances differently. Preserve household harmony by defining clear boundaries with others, and encouraging them to do the same for you. The last thing you want is for your home to become a pressure-cooker environment that encourages you to experience a relapse.
4. Rely on Online Support
As a recovering addict, you are likely working with a therapist, attending regular 12-step meetings or both. While in-person gatherings are off-limits to minimize the transmission of coronavirus, you can find the support you need in online tools such as telehealth and virtual meet-ups.
5. Steer Clear of Boredom
As a recovering addict, you know boredom is your enemy. Being stuck inside except for running essential errands can make you feel like the walls are closing in on you. Be smart and have a stock of boredom-busting activities like crossword puzzles, arts and crafts, online classes and board games to turn to if you start getting overwhelmed.
Preserving Your Sobriety in Quarantine
COVID-19 has created never-before-seen levels of stress, anxiety and uncertainty in our daily lives. If you need a place to observe self-quarantine without compromising the progress you’ve made in recovery, Segue Recovery Support is here for you. Contact us to learn more.