“A Disease of Isolation”
Last week, we talked about the dangers that self-isolation presents to folks who are struggling with eating disorders. We’d like to extend that discussion this week and offer some solutions along with our experience, strength, and hope during this difficult time of coronavirus and quarantine. As Dr. Marvin Seppala, chief medical officer at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation puts it, “We consider addiction a disease of isolation.” The compulsion to use drugs and alcohol is so strong that it drives a wall between the addict or alcoholic and the world around them. That’s why those of us in the recovery field so often stress the benefits of being around others, particularly folks who have been through some of the same battles. With this in mind, we’d like to offer some suggestions to help connect with others during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Go to a Meeting
Obviously, we’re not suggesting that you actually physically meet but online meetings have been a part of twelve-step and alternative programs for quite some time. With the restrictions in place, they’re becoming a popular option for fellowship and solution.
Stick to Your Routine
Well, as much as possible anyway. If you read your pages in the morning, now is not the time to stop. If you go to the gym after work, start researching bodyweight or equipment-free routines you can do at home. Doing so will help provide a sense of normalcy when the outside is anything but.
Take Care of Your Social Connections
FaceTime, Skype, and group texts are the new normal for families and friends right now, but don’t forget about your sober support network. For those of us in recovery, those are some of the most important connections we have.
Practice Self Care
This can be difficult for those of us with children or roommates, but even ten minutes of relaxation can work wonders. It can range from taking a longer shower to starting a meditation practice.
Be Well Informed
Cable news and social media posts are meant to grab attention through sensationalism, which preys upon and feeds anxiety. Instead, stick to information from the World Health Organization, the CDC, and state and local health departments.
Build Your Foundation for Success
Ocean Recovery has been successfully treating substance abuse and eating disorders since 2002. We are a residential treatment facility located in Newport Beach, California, and offer a holistic, evidence-based approach including individual and group sessions, cognitive and dialectic behavioral therapies, nutritional therapy, yoga, and more. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or eating disorders, please consider giving us a call today and start building your foundation for success.