The effects of COVID-19 in society and in individuals are significant. Quarantine measures found countries drastically adjusting, with businesses on a standstill. For individuals, social distancing can bring about feelings of isolation that can put their mental health in peril.
And for those who are in recovery, this risk is even higher.
Many people are experiencing stress and anxiety in the midst of this coronavirus crisis. And for those who are recovering from substance addiction or behavioral disorders, this threat on their mental health and recovery can be highly worrying.
For one, their established routines, including their support systems, may have been upended by the lockdowns and social distancing measures. They may be in quarantine with family members who they are still struggling to make amends with.
Whatever it is, the risk of relapse is real especially at this time.
How to Prevent Relapse During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Addiction is a disease that thrives in isolation and alienation, whether self-inflicted or not. The bottom line is, many people who are in recovery now could find themselves struggling to be sober at this time.
Surviving Quarantine without Relapsing
- Social isolation is different from the isolation brought by addiction. This is one thing that people who are in recovery need to recognize. You are staying safe at home, not stuck at home. This time, isolation is saving lives.
- Take steps to stay connected. Make the most of technology to stay connected with your peers or your support system. Whether it’s your family or friends, don’t skip a beat and connect with them. You may not do it physically, but there are many ways you can stay in touch these days.
- Maintain a routine. As much as possible, don’t deviate from the routine that you’ve been used to before this crisis happened. Find a way to stick to your routine and avoid being idle. If necessary, create a schedule and follow it religiously.
- Lean on your recovery lessons. While you were in treatment, you have learned and relearned life skills that helped you overcome addiction and take on your recovery journey. Stick to those. You will find that the lessons you learned are still applicable in today’s situation as you navigate the changes, anxiety, isolation, and stress of quarantine and a global pandemic.
- Believe that you can. This is the moment when you can feel vulnerable, but this is the moment when you can also show your strength. And should you need help, talk to us at Bridges of Hope: 09175098826.