If you are in recovery, new to sobriety or trying to stop drinking, how to stay sober during the coronavirus lockdown is bound to be a pressing concern.
The coming weeks and months are going to prove challenging for everyone, even more so for those that suffer from alcoholism.
If you are fortunate enough to be in recovery from active alcohol addiction, the current lockdown due to Covid-19 means you will need to find alternative ways in which to safeguard your sobriety. This will prove most difficult for those that are newly sober or trying to get sober.
Port of Call specialise in the professional treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.
Here we suggest some helpful tips that you can put into practical application to help you stay sober throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
It is a well known fact that those that suffer from addiction struggle to adapt to change. Addicts and alcoholics suffer from deeply intrenched thought patterns and behaviours that served their active addiction. The coronavirus enforced changes to our daily lives, will naturally invoke sometimes overwhelming feelings of fear.
Safeguarding your mental health during this period of restriction is vital in maintaining sobriety. For all the negatives and uncertainty that coronavirus brings, there are some positives to be found. Approached with the correct mindset, the lockdown period can even prove beneficial to those that commit to self development and growth.
Try viewing the lockdown as an opportunity for healing, reflection and self improvement. Commit to not letting it making your weaker or even stay the same. Commit to becoming stronger as a result of overcoming the daily challenges you will have to face.
Even when the world is in turmoil, inner peace and harmony can still be found. Imagine coming out of the coronavirus stronger, more grateful and more positive than ever before.
Recovery from alcoholism is an ongoing process. It is a journey, not a destination. From time to time life will seem cruel, frightening, sad and unpredictable. Some things you can never truly prepare for, you can only learn to accept and adapt.
In order to safeguard your sobriety during the cornovarius pandemic Port of Call feel it is just as important to look after your mental, social, spiritual and physical health.
Here are our top ten tips to help prevent alcoholic relapse during the Covid-19 lockdown period:
During the coronavirus lockdown it is not only recovering alcoholics that struggle to maintain sobriety, many individuals are turning to alcohol as a source of comfort and a way to pass the time.
If you feel tempted to drink alcohol when you are trying to abstain, please try the following methods to help reduce your alcohol cravings and thoughts:
If you do succumb to alcohol and relapse during Covid-19, do not be hard on yourself or the reasons why. It is vital to focus on the overriding problem, that you are drinking again and that this could lead to losing everything, even your life.
Port of Call are here to help you in your time of need. Please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and speak to one of our addiction experts who will offer a free of charge alcohol treatment assessment – 0800 002 9010
By calling Port of Call you are taking the first step to getting back on the road to sobriety. Our experts will be able to advise you of the best course of action to take given your individual circumstances and personal treatment needs.
Other helpful organisations:
Alcoholics Anonymous UK – https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/members/regional-&-local-websites/Not~in~a~Region/Online-Groups/Meetings
Smart Recovery – https://smartrecovery.org.uk
Mind – https://www.mind.org.uk
Samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org
Alcohol detox – 08000029010.
Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.
We’re specialists in UK rehab options and can advise you on alcohol rehab in the North West, drug rehab in the North West and other addiction support services in the area.