Recovery First and Progress During a Pandemic

These continue to be trying times for individuals working programs of recovery. As matters continue to worsen around the globe, the prospect of having to continue adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for the indefinite future is high.

If you are staying up to date with the news reports, then you are aware that 1,041,126 people have contacted COVID-19, according to the latest data. What’s more, 55,132 lives have been lost around the world.

You are probably also aware that there are more cases of coronavirus in the United States than anywhere else in the world. At least 245,658 (a 15 percent increase from April 1st) Americans have confirmed cases, and 6,069 have died. The virus has reached all 50 states; both rural and urban areas of America are trying to contain COVID-19.

At Pacific Shores Recovery, we hope that you are doing everything possible to avoid contracting the coronavirus, while still putting your recovery first. We understand that doing both is a real challenge. As we pointed out in our last post, social distancing and sheltering in place is counterintuitive to working a program of recovery.

Still, one must continue to find a balance between protecting your health and maintaining your sobriety. It’s also paramount to tend to your mental health needs; many people in recovery have co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety. Feeling vulnerable can amplify one symptom of mental illness. If you don’t keep your feelings and emotions in check, then it could heighten your risk of relapse.

Making Progress in Recovery During Challenging Times

Those who have gone through treatment and work programs of addiction recovery are facing many obstacles today. Both increased anxiety and isolation from one’s peers are uncomfortable. Many people are, naturally, feeling vulnerable about their health and recovery. However, we must point out that the Fellowship is still active, and it’s possible to continue making progress.

As we mentioned last week, meeting houses across the country and the world have had to shutter. We pointed out that people are now conducting meetings using video conferencing applications. What’s more, you can meet with your sponsor and continue working the steps from afar.

Those who see a therapist for co-occurring mental illness now have their sessions over the phone. Thanks to technology, no one has to slide backward or lose the progress they have achieved.

None of the above is ideal, but it’s necessary at this time to utilize the internet and telephone to maintain your sobriety. The above tools are paramount to protecting and making progress. Such utilities are something we can all be grateful for at a time when gratitude is essential.

Filling your days with activities will keep your mind from losing sight of your priorities. Journaling, making daily gratitude lists, reading and listening to inspirational books and podcasts, and finding hobbies will prevent you from having negative thoughts about life. Please be sure to get outdoors every day to take walks or runs. Remember that your physical and mental well-being are connected; neglecting one can impact the other.

We can get through this pandemic as long as we work together to support one another’s recovery. Call your friends in the program as much as possible and especially if you are feeling down. They will appreciate that you are reaching out to check-in on their state of being as well. You never know what someone else is going through during this new way of living and working a program. One phone call could help your peer from slipping up or relapsing.

Seeking Addiction Treatment and Sober Living

Please contact Pacific Shores if you or someone you love is in need of assistance with alcohol or substance use disorder. We offer several programs and services to help people achieve and sustain addiction recovery. Our team of addiction specialists is following COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC to protect our clients’ health.