How to Not Let Isolation Ruin Recovery
Published: April 27, 2021
Recovering from addiction is incredibly difficult as it is, and having to isolate while recovering is uniquely challenging. Whether you live with others or alone, not being able to leave the house as often can affect health, wellness, and recovery.
Isolation is known to have a negative impact on mental health as a whole. For those with an existing mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorder, isolation can have extremely damaging effects. Recovery tends to rely on peer support, and not being able to be in the same physical space as your peers can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression.
The viral pandemic has led to an increase in substance use relapse among those recovering in the U.S. and around the world. According to recent data, the addiction pandemic is worsening as it converges with the challenges of COVID-19.
Staying connected with your support system has never been more important. Your recovery is important to everyone around you, and they want to see you succeed. As difficult as it can be to reach out sometimes, it helps a lot and it is always worth it.
Technology can help us stay connected with our loved ones despite distance. Whether it’s just a quick phone call or a video chat, checking in with people in your life is not only good for your mental health but also supports healthy relationships. Technology has a great way of reminding us that our loved ones are not so far away after all.
Lean On Your Community
Isolation has a negative impact on recovery, so it’s important to trust in your support system. Keep in contact with your sponsor as you socially isolate to talk through any unique challenges you’re facing.
Support group meetings such as AA and NA are now offering virtual meetings that can be done on a phone, tablet, or computer. In addition, SAMHSA offers dozens of virtual recovery programs.
Put It On Your Schedule
Establishing routines that you enjoy and that work for you is great for mental health. A little bit of structure can make a huge difference in the way you feel and go after your goals. Whether it’s journaling, going for a walk, or watching your favorite show, try to create at least one routine a day. Remember to plan fun things in your schedule as well. For example, a virtual game night with friends every week gives you something to look forward to.
Contact Rockland Treatment Center
At Rockland Treatment Center, we understand how consuming addiction is and how intimidating it is to take the first step to a better, sober life. Your path to recovery and wellness starts with the first step. Contact us for a free assessment, and allow us to show you how our program can help you lead the life you want, unshackled by addiction and surrounded with love.