Struggling with cravings is a common part of addiction recovery on any given day, especially right now that you are encouraged to isolate yourself, restrict outside movement, and avoid physical contact. Whether you have been sober for months or you just stopped using this week, you are likely to experience an urge to use at some point during this “quarantine” period. And I want you to know that is totally normal. I want you to know that it is a natural response to feel overwhelmed, vulnerable, and like you have been added a new level of stress and concern to your plate. If you have recently relapsed, do not think less of yourself. Instead, shift your focus to identifying your triggers and warning signs, but more importantly, forgive yourself.
Now more than ever is the time to use technology to your advantage. A good colleague of mine often says, “connection is the opposite of addiction”, therefore, use as many online resources as you can to connect with others. For online support meetings, you can use intherooms.com. For social interaction, call a friend whether is via audio or video. For well-rounded help and treatment, you can contact us at SmartIOP and we will gladly support you in your way to recovery.