Sobriety During Coronavirus Crisis
COVID-19 is affecting the world, with many counties, cities, states, and countries opting for periods of quarantine to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Events, gatherings, and meetings are being cancelled to encourage people to stay at home. But what does this mean for the community that relies on meetings and contact with others to maintain their sobriety?
Here are some suggestions to help you stay sober during the COVID-19 outbreak. There are resources to help you maintain your sobriety, while helping reduce the spread of the Coronavirus by remaining at home.
Stay in Contact with your Sponsor
If you are unable to see your sponsor in person, call or video chat with them. If you need to talk through something or get out of your head, don’t hesitate to reach out to them. Sponsors are there to help you get through the hardest parts of your day and maintain your sobriety! Some of these days in quarantine may be a little harder because it’s not as easy to keep yourself busy. Call, email, video chat, or text and stay in contact with your sponsor or other members of your support groups to help get through this time.
Attending meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous is a vital component for many people in recovery. Unfortunately, some meetings cannot be held in order to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Many platforms are trying to conduct online meetings to replace the in-person gatherings that need to be cancelled. You can even start an online meeting yourself! Reach out to some of the connections you have made in the sober community, find the right video chat that works for you, and start a meeting. Stay connected to your groups while maintaining a safe distance to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. component for many people in recovery. Unfortunately, some meetings cannot be held in order to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Many platforms are trying to conduct online meetings to replace the in-person gatherings that need to be cancelled.
Online Therapy Sessions
Stay in contact with your therapist! You may not be able to attend in person sessions but speak to your therapist about other options. They may offer over the phone sessions or video calls during the Coronavirus outbreak and quarantine period. If your therapist is unable to offer these, there are other resources available online to help you through the COVID-19 outbreak.
Talk to your therapist about any fears or anxiety you may be feeling about staying sober during quarantine. You can work together to find a plan that will help you stay sober until bans are lifted. Do not be afraid to reach out to your therapist, they are here to help you!