Do you want to know what you can do to remain sober during the coronavirus lockdown?
It’s easy to get antsy when you’re an addict and you’re forced back into isolation. After all, isolation is the bane of a recovering addict. If you live in states that aren’t coping well with the country-wide lockdown protocols, you may find it easy to get out of self-isolation.
However, we want to remind you that to flatten the curve, everyone needs to follow the rules. Coping with addiction is more difficult in self-isolation. Yet, you want to stay at home as much as possible to avoid getting infected with the coronavirus.
In this guide, we’ll give you a few means of coping with addiction during the coronavirus crisis.
1. Pray With Your Family
Doing spiritual practices can help you stand firm against the call of the bottle, the bong, or the needle. Becoming religious gives you empowerment and hope during your treatment. Faith helps you hold yourself accountable for your actions and to be self-critical.
Coping with addiction is easier when you’re not alone.
If your family follows the same faith as you, call them so you may pray together. If you want to learn more about the faith, hold a bible study. If your family doesn’t practice faith, ask them to keep an open mind so you may practice yours, and manage your addiction better.
2. Continue to Practice Mindfulness
Practicing mindfulness is one of the healthy coping skills for substance abuse. It’s all about accepting your situation and figuring out what you can do to deal with it. When you practice mindfulness, you remain aware of the things you do and how it affects you and others.
It boosts self-control and tempers impulsiveness. Those are two things you need to succeed in coping with addiction. Often, mindfulness practices occur with yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation.
Going outdoors is also a great way to clear your mind and practice mindfulness. If you have a quiet and peaceful backyard, do your mindfulness practice there. Even if you live in the city, you can still practice mindfulness.
3. Keep a Gratitude List
A gratitude list is a verbalized list of things you’re grateful for every day. You can add an item on that list every morning and/or every night. Often, gratitude lists may include small blessings or joys in small moments.
Your list can be as short as being thankful for being alive and sober. You can elaborate more on the things you feel grateful for. Some groups have connected online to share their lists with other recovering addicts.
If you’ve been in a recovery center since the beginning of the lockdown, you must know their new policies. Take the Clean Recovery Centers COVID-19 policy, for example. It asks important questions and discusses the right steps for recovery during COVID-19.
4. Focus on Other Healthy Hobbies
A great way to cope with your alcohol or drug addiction is to bring your focus away from the addiction. Instead, you want to keep your mind on developing new skills or hobbies. This is a good step toward finding satisfaction in activities other than addiction.
Always start with hobbies or activities that you enjoy. For example, you like gardening. If you live in an apartment while in lockdown, go to the roof area to garden or build a garden window.
If you like music, you can instead put your focus on learning how to play an instrument. Build your interest in other indoor hobbies while you can’t do outdoor activities. If you enjoy sports, the best you can do is to follow a home workout routine.
5. Join an Online Group for Coping With Addiction
Right now, the best way to join an AA or a similar group is online. Some recovery centers offer an anonymous online chat room. They’re for people who want to talk about their issues with others who have the same struggles.
Call an AA helpline and see if they offer online meetings. If you happen to find a good spot where you can join an online AA session, the familiarity of the event may help you cope. Note to keep everything in your background neutral and free of personal information.
However, the problem with online AA meetings is that they’re very different from actual AA meetings. The atmosphere doesn’t feel the same and there’s always a fear of being in an unsecured location. There’s a risk of skipping out on AA meetings that can drive you to start thinking of drinking or doing drugs again.
6. Use a Goal-Keeping App
Today, almost everyone has a mobile phone and is an expert at using it. You may also know that there are apps for almost everything you can think of. Another one of the modern coping strategies for substance abuse is to use an app designed for it.
Some of the best mobile apps for dealing with addiction include:
- Pear reset
- Nomo – Sobriety Clocks
- Sober Grid
- 24 Hours a Day
- 12 Steps AA Companion
- Came to Believe in Sobriety
- rTribe – Quit Pron/Drug/Food Addiction
That’s only a handful of the apps you can find on the app store. You can get some for free while others offer paid services.
Most of these apps feature a way of tracking your sobriety. Others offer features where you can make notes about impulses or small victories. Many have helpful blogs or user-created content to keep you informed or to help you make it during bad days.
Survive the COVID-19 Crisis and Your Addiction
That’s it for our guide on coping with addiction during the coronavirus lockdown.
Again, we want to remind you to stay indoors and to practice proper hygiene during this time. Take the COVID-19 threat seriously and learn from others’ mistakes. Watch not only your addiction but also your health.
We hope this list of ways of coping with addiction is helpful to you while you’re in self-isolation. If you want to read more guides that can help you through your addiction, check out our other content.