Maintaining Sobriety During a Crisis

Just because bars and restaurants have been closed does not mean that lockdown has made maintaining sobriety any easier. During these stressful, anxious times, the danger of disrupting sobriety is still a major concern, especially for those that are afflicted by addiction. Being stuck at home, whether you are struggling with loneliness, balancing your family life, dealing with unemployment, or simply just bored, can make drinking or drugs feel like a reasonable solution to these problems. It is during trying times like this that our sobriety is really put to the test. Here are some areas that you can address to increase your resistance against relapse:

Mitigate Addiction Triggers

Your mental health is an essential factor in the fight against addiction. Negative thoughts, feelings and emotions can trigger a relapse. We have outlined some tips that can help you maintain a positive state of mind:

  • Regular contact with your support system through video chat, text messages, phone calls, etc
  • Establishing and maintaining a routine will provide structure and keep you occupied
  • Experiment with new activities or hobbies, preferably those that keep you engaged mentally or physically
  • Maintain your physical health through at-home workouts, yoga, etc. You can find a lot of great videos on YouTube
  • Continue practicing spiritual disciplines ie. prayer, mediation, or journaling
  • Take regular walks outside (with the proper protective gear and social distancing). Bonus points if you take your dog or pet for a walk with you
  • Reduce your time on social media and avoid perseverating on mainstream news media. You can stay up to date on news events with reliable, neutral sources

Online Resources

It’s important to diversify our support structures, which can seem difficult during COVID-19 lockdown. Luckily, there are a wealth of online resources that can help you when your friends and family aren’t available. Here are some online resources that can help you maintain your sobriety:

The Underlying Causes of Addiction

Many cases of addiction are rooted in deep psychological issues that can be exacerbated during chaotic times like COVID-19 or the wave of protests across the US. By identifying these issues and working to heal the mental scars, we can better prepare ourselves for stressful periods. If you would like to learn more about how to identify and treat the underlying causes of addiction, we advise that you reach out to an addiction treatment professional.

Ask For Help

Maintaining sobriety, especially during times of uncertainty or chaos can seem like a difficult task. We want to support your sobriety goals and find the path to a healthy, sustainable recovery. Our team is available when you need help and we encourage you to reach out if you need positive reinforcement, advice, or just a friendly voice to guide you through a tough time. Just give us a call or fill out a contact form to get started!