Turning on the news, national or local, and one can easily fall into a state of despair and dread. Ignoring the news could be easy but logging onto the internet or social media will surround us with the same thing – information. Not all this information is positive. In fact, most is negative and causes the average person to worry or fall into a state of panic.
Being a responsible citizen lately requires staying at home and avoiding large gatherings of people. As someone in sustained recovery, this alters my normal schedule. Normally, I attend three or four support group meetings per week. I typically see, and look forward to seeing, about fifty different people a week. I would consider about fifteen of these men in my support group. Maintaining contact with these people is important to me. The quarantine lifestyle does not allow this to happen.
We’re Not Strangers to Hard Work
I could stay inside, remain isolated and not in touch with my normal support group. Or I can be active and motivated to remain positive. My sobriety did not come easy. My sobriety is something I had to work for and work every day to keep. Just because my daily routine and schedule changes does not give me an excuse to abandon my recovery and the things, I do on a day to day basis in recovery. I must remain vigilant; I must adapt in the same way I adapted when I first started my recovery journey. It took time and energy to adjust to not use drugs and alcohol, just like it will take time and energy for me to alter my recovery habits.
Continue to Reach Out
Instead of arriving fifteen or twenty minutes early to my support group meetings and staying afterwards I should use that time to call or text the different men in my support group. Even if I think one of them is “doing okay” or better than another…I need to check on all of them. These are different times.
Men and women in recovery are intelligent and resourceful. We must use all our individual attributes to adapt and overcome. A worldwide pandemic is scary and intimidating; but a recurrence of substance use is just as bad and could be as deadly. Those in recovery must use the skills, tools, and people that helped us get to where we all are now in our efforts to maintain our recovery…we should also seek to not just maintain but grow. These last several weeks can be another experience we have endured – and can pass along.
Written By Mike Boyer
Educational Advocacy Coordinator for the Rase Project
The RASE Project is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit, charitable organization. RASE is a Recovery Community Organization, which means that it is comprised entirely of staff and volunteers from the Recovery Community and it exists to serve the Recovery Community. Recovery Community is defined as: any person in, or seeking recovery, their families, close friends and other loved ones.