People across the globe are experiencing an unprecedented world event: the coronavirus pandemic and the societal shutdown it has caused. Local businesses are closing shop, restaurants are doing take-out only, retailers have had to furlough employees in mass, airlines are reeling from longer shelter in place orders, and the world is seemingly changing before our eyes.
This pandemic has shifted the way people suffering from substance use disorder are able to seek help and how people in long-term recovery maintain their sobriety. The shared trauma, anxiety, and economic burden being faced has already had a profound effect on those struggling with mental health. Alcohol consumption in Texas alone has spiked and there’s no sign of it stopping. People who are in long-term recovery are adapting to new challenges as well. The entire culture of recovery communities is founded on face-to-face interaction and fellowship. COVID-19 has forced all of society to change how they operate, and those in recovery are no exception.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and people in recovery are some of the most creative and innovative people on Earth. Here are some of the ways our team at Cypress Lakes Lodge have identified to help those in recovery stay sober through COVID-19:
Staying connected to your support network
The most difficult aspect of self-quarantine life is isolation from family, friends, or co-workers. Many of us didn’t consider how vital these interactions were until limiting them helped ensure our own safety. While face-to-face interaction may not be feasible during these uncertain times, the Cypress Lakes Lodge team has suggested a number of ways to stay connected:
- Daily video chats: practicing social distancing can feel easier when supplementing normal social activities by using technology. Today, there are a wide number of platforms where you and groups of your friends can video chat.
- Virtual recovery meetings: The world recovery community has shown profound adaptability by coming together and assembling hundreds of meetings for people in recovery. Dozens of social media groups have emerged, posting links to meetings around the clock and supporting complete strangers.
Finding new creative outlets
Now more than ever, idle hands can create overwhelming fear. It’s important we all explore new creative outlets to help us channel our feelings and express ourselves constructively. A few suggestions to explore are:
- Creative writing and journaling
- At-home exercises
- Singing or listening to music
Mindfulness and anxiety-reduction strategies
Times of uncertainty can create an overwhelming sense of powerlessness. Mindfulness and anxiety-reducing strategies like prayer, mediation, or breathing techniques can be critical components to maintaining one’s mental health. Research guided meditations on specific topics if silent meditation is too difficult for those with overactive thoughts or just beginning their meditation practice.
Seeking more support
Cypress Lakes Lodge is proudly remaining open to help individuals struggling with substance use disorder find their way into recovery. We understand that these uncertain times can create an unbearable level of anxiety and stress, and we’re here to support you in getting and staying sober. We take pride in helping every individual through recovery and treatment, so that you can get back on your feet. During a health crisis, it’s important to keep the status quo when it comes to health and safety. Nothing changes during the process, and if you’re in a position of addiction or dependency on drugs or alcohol, know that we are here to help. You can reach the 24/7 admissions line for Cypress Lakes Lodge at 409-331-2204.