COVID-19 Isolation and Avoiding Relapse

April 29, 2020

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Avoiding Relapse during COVID-19

People who are in addiction recovery may face more issues during COVID-19 isolation. During this pandemic, everyone is feeling stressed, anxious, and fearful. However, for those in recovery, avoiding relapse during COVID-19 isolation can become a real battle. Trying to cope with this new way of life can become overwhelming for those individuals in recovery from addiction.

Daily activities such as attending support meetings, aftercare counseling, and sober activities such as going out for coffee, dinner, or a movie have been brought to an abrupt halt. All of a sudden, we are all at home alone to deal with all sorts of issues. During these times, recovering addicts may be tempted to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs.

Ways of Avoiding Relapse during COVID-19

Stress levels are high right now for everyone. Loss of jobs and financial problems can increase stressful feelings. Even without having the health concerns of becoming infected with this virus, people are worried about how they are going to feed their families and provide necessary needs such as medical care and education.  Feelings of depression or loneliness can be a sign that you are heading for a relapse. Many individuals are feeling hopeless right now.

Avoiding relapse during COVID-19 requires work on your part. Keeping in touch with family, friends, members of your support groups including sponsors is imperative at this time. Even though you can’t visit them, you can keep in touch through phone calls. There are support groups that meet online where you can share your feelings and fears with others who are going through the same issues.

When it comes to feelings of relapse, don’t feel guilty. This is a common feeling among those who are in recovery during times like these. Think of positive things that you can do to keep your mind off of drinking alcohol or doing any type of drug. Stay busy with exercise and hobbies. Exercise such as walking can help you mentally and physically. Above all else, don’t let yourself get bored.

Tips for Avoiding Relapse during COVID-19

Listed below are a few tips for helping you stay sober during these times:

  • Eat healthy meals
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Practice meditation and yoga
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get outside if at all possible
  • Maintain a regular routine
  • Start a new hobby
  • Keep in touch with family and friends
  • Create a thankfulness list

Above all else, ask for help if you need it. There are virtual counseling programs you can use. Seek online support groups such as NA (Narcotics Anonymous) or AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), both are very beneficial. Don’t let yourself sink into depression and feeling sorry for yourself.

Asking for Help

Don’t feel guilty if you need extra help at this time. More individuals than recovering addicts are having to ask for help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many individuals are experiencing mental issues at this time.

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website has information about mental health providers in every state.

We all need help at some point in our lives. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, anxiety, depression, or any number of other issues, if you need help, don’t resist asking for it.

Contact New Beginnings Drug Rehab

Avoiding relapse during COVID-19 is hard. But, think about everything you have already been through to get to this point in recovery. However, if you do slip and use a substance of abuse, there is help for you. Contact New Beginnings Drug Rehab. We have informed representatives and counselors who can answer questions you may have about a treatment program that will fit your needs at this time. Contact us today.


  • webmd.comCOVID-19 Crisis May Help Trigger Addiction Relapse

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