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How To Stay Sober During the COVID-19 Quarantine?

Nobody could have expected how quickly the COVID-19 situation blew out of control.

One of the measures that have been taken to reduce the spread of the disease is making sure that people stay away from each other. This has resulted in people socially distancing, isolating, and flat-out quarantining themselves.

While this might be an admirable thing to do in regard to (regarding) the spread of the disease, this can present a number of (several) issues – especially for people who are struggling with their recovery after going through rehab. In this article, we’ll talk about how you can hope to stay sober during the COVID-19 quarantine.

 

Why Quarantine Is a Risk

 

When you’re in recovery, it’s important to stay busy and connected. You want to fill up your time as much as possible with activities that are socially, mentally, and emotionally fulfilling. Basically, you want to make sure that you fill all the same voids that you were filling with drugs.

Unfortunately, being thrown into quarantine can toss a wrench in someone’s recovery plan. Suddenly you might not be able to go to A.A. or N.A. meetings. You might be laid off and find yourself with too much free time. Maybe you aren’t able to connect with your new, sober friends or your support group.

There are a lot of reasons that quarantine could lead to some serious risks. Here’s what you can do to minimize the risk.

Reducing Risks and Staying Sober in Quarantine

 

These are some tips that might help you stay sober during the quarantine.

 

  •   Stay connected. And not just with social media. Take at least 15-20 minutes out of your day to connect with a friend or family member over the phone or with video chat. This will help make sure that you feel emotionally fulfilled and socially connected. Without these two things, you may be more prone to drinking alcohol or using drugs.

 

  •   Practice your hobbies. Many people who have been working for a long time have a hard time re-engaging with their hobbies. Make sure to try out an old hobby, or find a new one. Pick up a paintbrush, write a poem or a story, make a sculpture, break out the old card collection – anything is better than thinking about drugs or alcohol!

 

  •   Watch your stress. You’d figure that having time off work would make you less stressed out, but some people find the notion of having unfilled free time to be equally stressful and can lead to addiction. This is a good time to ask yourself why you’re uncomfortable having nothing to do. Take up meditating, get to know yourself, and learn to enjoy your own company.

 

  •   Don’t catch the fear. At this point, everyone’s doing what they can. Being scared will not help the problem, and in your fear, you become more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol. Turn off the news. Focus on solutions instead of problems. Again, pick up meditation. “Modern society tells everyone to panic because things are out of control. A Christian would tell you to relax because everything’s out of your control.”

 

Conclusion

Without a doubt, we were living through the craziest time in the 20th century – but we don’t need to let that scare us. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to pull through your quarantine sober and with grace – and you can avoid having to go to detox after quarantine’s over.

 

Celebrity Recovery Stories

Oftentimes, it’s easy to put celebrities on a pedestal and forget that they struggle through a lot of the same issues that we do. However, many celebrities struggle with issues like addiction and recovery.

Reading some of these celebrity recovery stories could encourage someone to begin the path of recovery. If people like these have the strength to admit to themselves that they have a problem, then so can you! This is the first and most important step towards recovery.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. had an early start when it comes to using drugs, claiming that he began to use it before he was even a teenager. During his early acting career, he reports that he used drugs quite often.

At the turn of the century, Robert Downey Jr. checked into rehab, and as of 2002, he has announced that he is clean and sober.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is a very popular actor who has openly struggled with alcohol addiction. Affleck has been to rehab in the past; however, his recovery is an ongoing process. He most recently left rehab in 2018, after which he acknowledged that anyone who seeks help is showing “a sign of courage.”

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore made a significant impact in the acting world as far back as 1989 when she admitted that she had a drug addiction at the age of 13. Barrymore, who became a world-famous actor at the age of 6 thanks to being cast in the movie E.T., began drinking at the young age of 6.

After going through rehab, she put a great deal of effort into restoring her name and improving her reputation, which she has done nicely.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is known for her acting and her children’s books. You might never have guessed that she was addicted to both alcohol and prescription drugs earlier in her life. Fortunately, she was strong enough to seek help at rehab and is now advocating for drug recovery and proper sharing of drug information.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban, a country singer, made famous largely thanks to the hit T.V. show American Idol, openly admitted that he struggled with drugs and alcohol after initially failing to launch his career in the 90s. Shortly after getting married in 2006, Urban went to rehab and sobered up.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe actually acknowledged during an interview that, during the filming of some of the Harry Potter movies, he was drunk on set. Nowadays, he is still working on his recovery.

Conclusion

As you can see, it’s not just ‘everyday Joes’ who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions. Even the rich and famous fall victim to the allure of intoxication. However, it’s important to remember that the most important thing anyone can do is take the first step on the path to recovery.

 

 

 

Written by Nigel Ford

 

Risks of Getting Sober Without Rehab

Rehab can be a bit of a hurdle for someone who has never gone before. The time commitment involved, as well as the financial concerns, lead many people to decide to get sober without actually going to rehab.

 

While this is certainly possible, it can be quite a bit more difficult. One of the things that you’re paying for when you attend rehab is peace of mind, knowledge, and communication with people who specialize in addiction recovery.

 

If you are, however, determined to get sober without going to rehab, there are a few things to consider.

Safety and Health Concerns

The first and foremost thing that you will want to consider is your safety and health. The primary concern is that of withdrawal symptoms.

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Peer Pressure and Addiction

Peer pressure comes in many forms. It is most widely acknowledged for being a pervasive force during school years; however, peer pressure can affect people of all ages.

Peer pressure is any sort of influence that pressures someone to act a certain way. Peer pressure can be direct or indirect, but the result is often the same: it results in someone changing their behavior to match that of their peer group.

Unfortunately, many people succumb to addiction as a result of peer pressure. In this article, we’re going to talk about how peer pressure can lead to addiction. (more…)

How to Get the Most Out of Rehab

If you or a loved one are going to be attending rehab, then it’s in your best interest to make sure that you get the most out of it. Rehab is not cheap, and the high rate of post-rehab relapse is enough to remind anyone that it’s best to get it done right the first time.

In this article, we’re going to discuss some tips on how to get the most out of your rehab experience. By following this advice, we hope that you will be able to successfully complete your treatment program without needing to go back. (more…)

Triggers that Can Cause Drug Cravings

One of the biggest problems that recovering drug addicts must deal with is a relapse. The rates of relapse are incredibly high, even among people who have successfully gone through rehab. One of the reasons for this is because people may not properly learn how to deal with their drug cravings and the triggers that lead up to them.

A trigger can be a person, place, situation, or thing that causes an individual to crave drugs. Drug cravings can be dealt with in a number of ways, but one of the best ways to deal with them is a preventative measure: be aware of your triggers, and learn how to deal with or avoid these triggers so that the cravings don’t come in the first place.

This article will outline some of the most common triggers for people who are going through drug cravings.

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The Importance of Healthy Relationships for Preventing Addiction

One of the most important things that can help a person avoid addiction is having healthy relationships with the people in their lives. This is particularly true during childhood. Maintaining healthy relationships with family members, friends, and even school teachers can be instrumental in helping to prevent addiction.

In this article, we’ll explain exactly why relationships are so important for helping to prevent addictions. If you are struggling with addiction, or if you’re in the care of a loved one, make sure that healthy relationships are a priority in your life.

What Makes Relationships So Important?

A person learns a tremendous amount through the relationships that they share with others. People often tend to learn about themselves the most through relationships. If one is observant, they can make careful observations about themselves based on the relationships that they hold with other people.

Relationships are even more important for children and youth, though they may not be as aware of the implications of healthy relationships. For the younger generations, relationships are generally important because they can help people develop a healthy sense of self. In the long-term, this can help prevent the development of mental health problems like anxiety.

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Risk Factors for Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is not selective. There are no specific types of people who will develop an addiction – the problem can strike people from all walks of life.

 

However, some risk factors may make people more likely to use drugs or become susceptible to addiction than others. Things like environment, heredity, diseases, and mental health problems can all make someone more likely to develop an addiction.

 

In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the most common risk factors that could contribute to the development of drug addiction.

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Risk Factors for Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is an all-too-common problem in our society. Alcohol is ubiquitous – it can be purchased at stores across the nation, advertisements for alcohol are displayed everywhere, and the movies portray drinking as something desirable and entertaining.

This might lead someone to think that everyone is vulnerable to alcohol addiction – and this is, unfortunately, the case. However, some people are more likely to develop problems with alcohol abuse than others.

Understanding the risk factors for alcohol abuse can be one of the best ways to prevent or prepare for potential alcohol problems. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the most common risk factors involved in alcohol abuse.

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How Social Skills Can Influence Addiction

One of the most common uses of drugs and alcohol is to improve sociability. Social drinking and recreational drug use are both great examples of how people use substances to enhance their social skills – at least temporarily.

What many people don’t recognize is that impaired social skills can actually be a serious risk factor in the development of addiction. People who have underdeveloped social skills may come to rely on drugs or alcohol as a crutch. They may feel entirely unable to socialize without using these substances.

In the long-term, this can lead to serious drug or alcohol dependencies. This can also make it more difficult for the individual to improve their social skills on their own. These issues, compounded, can be disastrous for an individual’s social well-being and mental health.

In this article, we’re going to talk about how socialization is a key factor for any individual and how proper social skills can help reduce the chances of developing an addiction.

The Importance of Social Skills

Many people grow up in environments where they are not educated about social skills or properly socialized. These people may develop issues with socializing, such as social anxiety, or they may become extremely shy. In some cases, they may even develop problems with self-worth and self-confidence.

Unfortunately, the world that we live in is incredibly social. Unless they’re willing to isolate themselves and live away from the majority of society, most people need to learn how to socialize properly. If they don’t, they will face difficulty building connections, finding opportunities, or even getting jobs or succeeding in school.

Unfortunately, the importance of social skills is not always stressed, and people who do not learn these skills on their own or at home are often forced to enter the social world unprepared. Many children learn to socialize during school properly, but many others have a great deal of difficulty and struggle with anxiety, shame, or feelings of rejection.

Many of these children become more likely to develop drug addictions or alcohol problems. Many people find that drugs and alcohol can help to improve their social skills in the short-term, and people who face issues with anxiety or self-esteem often come to rely on drugs or alcohol as a band-aid approach to these problems.

Learning to Socialize and Avoid Drug or Alcohol Problems

The most important thing for these people, however, is to remain sober. The only way that they will overcome their social anxiety or social problems permanently is to learn how to socialize properly. Drugs and alcohol may temporarily provide the illusion of being able to socialize properly; however, this can create problems in the long-run and lead to addiction and dependence.

The most important thing to do is to make sure that you – or any loved ones who struggle with addiction – are aware that drugs and alcohol are not effective long-term solutions to social problems. The only way to work through these issues is to do so soberly, and the best way to do this is with the guidance of a counselor or a therapist.

Conclusion

If you or a loved one are using drugs or alcohol to overcome a social problem, the best thing for you to do is to seek help from a therapist after attending rehab.

Doing this will help tackle the root issue of the problems that led to addiction in the first place. This is more effective than simply getting sober through some form of rehab because it will prevent relapses from occurring in the future.

 

 

 

 

Written By Nigel Ford