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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

 

Things you should know before entering a rehab

If you are considering a rehab for substance abuse treatment, here are a few things that you should know before you start.

Every rehab is different

Every individual struggling with substance abuse or addiction is unique and their addiction treatment should also be personalized. This is why, good rehabs offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Find a rehab that offers a treatment plan customized for your needs and goals.

Dual Diagnosis

“Dual diagnosis” refers to the co-occurrence of a mental health issue along with addiction. In many cases, dual diagnosis may be present, which means the treatment should address both – the substance abuse and the mental health issue. Treating dual diagnosis is critical to preventing relapse and maintaining long-term sobriety.

Inpatient rehab is not prison

There is a huge myth that inpatient rehab treatment is like being imprisoned. But that simply not true. In fact, many drug and alcohol addiction rehab centers are more like a luxury resort with all amenities available.

Talk

When you go through treatment at a rehab, you need to open up and discuss how you are feeling, your struggles and more. Remember talking about these things is important in overcoming an addiction. Most treatment programs include either group or individual therapy. You do not need to share your secrets if you don’t want to, but be ready to talk about yourself and engage in conversations with others.

Listen

During substance abuse treatment, you would realize that you are not alone in your struggles. While every story is different, you may find many of the things, others are going through, relatable. Patients greatly benefit when they empathize with others facing similar challenges. Listening to other people’s stories can give you the strength to continue with your own treatment.

 

3 Extremely Dangerous Drugs

All drugs are dangerous, some deadlier than others. Here is a look at three extremely dangerous drugs.

Opiates

Opiates are some of the most addictive drugs with terrible effects. Opiates include heroin, fentanyl, and some prescription drugs, such as promethazine-codeine or Oxycontin. Most can be injected, snorted, swallowed, or smoked.

Upon consumption, opiates release an enormous amount of dopamine (the “feel good” chemical) in the brain. Users become addicted to that dopamine release. Opioids and opiates even change the way an addict thinks and behaves, such as no concern of negative consequences.

Long-term use produces negative long-term effects, such as liver failure, kidney failure, changes in brain function, and even death.

Stimulants

Stimulants, or uppers, include cocaine, crack, and meth (methamphetamine), and abusing Adderall and Ritalin. Stimulants cause the brain to release dopamine, resulting in increased blood pressure and heart rate. Addicts often start using stimulants to increase attention, energy, and alertness.

Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs, also known as designer or club drugs, have been chemically-created in a lab. These drugs include bath salts, flakka, and carfentanil. They are made with man-made chemicals and mimic the effects of drugs, like heroin or cocaine, but they slightly alter the chemical structure.

Examples of these types of drugs are ecstasy, molly, and ketamine. They produce hallucinations and feelings of euphoria. Negative effects include organ damage, seizures, possible violent aggression, suicidal thoughts, even permanent brain damage.

There are many dangerous drugs out there and different types of drug problems. A student may begin using a friend’s Adderall prescription to help them study. Another person may become addicted to opiates after getting a prescription to relieve pain after suffering an injury. Over time, they become addicted. You may think you have control over your drug use, but continued use will certainly become a problem. Addiction takes over quicker than you may think.

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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Never Say this to a Recovering Addict

Individuals recovering from alcohol or substance abuse are often in a highly emotional state. They are learning new ways of living, building a whole new lifestyle andmay even be coping with doubts about the ability to stay clean. At such a time, there are some things loved ones may say to the recovering individual which may jeopardize the person’s efforts to recovery.

When you’re trying to help, carefully listen to what the person and their doctor or counselor tells you. Avoid common phrases that are more likely to hurt than help. Here are a few common ones.

I know what you’re going through

Unless you’ve personally overcome addiction, you have no idea what they are going through. And even if you have overcome your own substance dependence, everyone goes through a different experience. It’s much better to simply let them know you love them and are there for them.

You’ll never change

A person may go through recovery and suffer a relapse. They are likely to already have a lot of self-doubt. Do not make negative statements that confirm their worst fears. It’s better to say something like, “I am with you. Keep trying.”

Why can’t you stop?

Addiction costs people their whole lives. Addicts know this. If they knew how to prevent and overcome addiction, they would choose sobriety. Don’t ask why they don’t or can’t quit, ask them how you can help them.

I’m done

Threatening an addict rarely works. For many, addiction is as a mental as well as physical battle. They may be desperate to walk away but when the cravings hit, they can’t control it. Only supervised, professional, effective treatment can help them overcome the urge to use again. Help them get that.

I’m ashamed of you

The addict is already unhappy. Telling them that you are ashamed of them just makes it worse and may even re-trigger the vicious cycle of drug abuse and self-loathing. It would be better to encourage the person to get into treatment.

Addiction can actually change the brain chemistry and make your loved one think only of the next fix. Help them seek treatment and support them in their recovery.

Goals of Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment is complex. This is because substance abuse and addiction disrupt almost all aspects of an individual’s life.

Addiction treatment helps individuals to stop using, cultivate an addiction-free lifestyle, and achieve a productive life once they leave rehab.

Substance abuse treatment goals or addiction treatment goals are goals that the recovering individual works toward achieving. These goals must be specific and meaningful to the individual so that they can help them maintain sobriety. (more…)

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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