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Stay Strong in Isolation!

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

No matter where your road to recovery leads you, there are always going to be some tough challenges and unique situations to work your way through. Being isolated may not be a typical example, but it’s one that many of us are going through together. It’s never a fun situation, the boredom alone can make it difficult to focus on staying sober. If you find yourself thinking more and more about your addiction, remember that even while isolated you’re not alone. There are still plenty of ways to find support in isolation, as well as plentiful things you can do to keep your mind occupied and your sobriety intact.

Getting Support in Isolation When You’re Feeling Cut Off

One major thing to remember while you’re social distancing is that there are still communications open to you. The family, friends, and support networks you have are still there and likely in need of someone to communicate with as well. Now is the time to call or instant message them for as long as you need. This not only keeps your mind on other things, but it also gives you the affirmation and positivity you may require to feel better if you’re struggling. Be sure to stay in regular contact with those who are most important to you. Just having that interaction can be a huge deal when you’re feeling cut off from the world and needing some kind of escape.

The online world can be a great asset in times like these. In fact, it could be argued that it’s what the internet is best at. When you’re unable to reach any of your closest friends and family, there are millions of people around the world you can connect with. Of all the people who are going through, or have gone, through addiction treatment, you can bet there are plenty who’re going to be there to help others when they can. Online sobriety communities are a fantastic opportunity to get to know others who are sharing the struggle. It’s a way to get advice, encouragement, conversation, and even reaching out to others for support in isolation.

Making The Most Of Your Resources

Being alone makes it easy to dwell on things like your past, your problems, and your addiction. The real trouble comes from simply being unoccupied. No matter what, keeping yourself busy is the best way to avoid dwelling on things that could lead you back into your old habits. You may want to plan out several activities throughout the day, whether it’s things to do around the house, hobbies, research or studying, engaging with your online community, exercise, or anything else that will absorb your full attention. Try to give yourself as much to do in a day as you can and avoid too much downtime. With the right amount of effort, you should also be well prepared for a good night’s sleep without any excessive thoughts or cravings to keep you awake.

Finally, remember that there are tons of free resources from caring and qualified professionals to help see you through your recovery no matter what. Regardless of where you’ve been, what you’ve done, and what you’re feeling right now, living sober is always possible with the right help. If being isolated has you feeling like you’re on your last leg, you always have a foundation to fall back on.

Don’t hesitate to seek professional help. First Steps Recovery in Fresno, California, is here to help when you need it. Even if we can’t reach you personally, there is still plenty we can do for you from afar. Our online IOP and rehab options are the perfect tool for continuing your addiction treatment as an outpatient no matter where you are.

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