Social distancing is a term that most people recognize as important, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Being socially distant while in sobriety is even more difficult because of the mental health challenges it typically presents. Yet, what’s most important to know is that even though you are engaging in social distancing, you do not have to feel as though you are alone. At Compass Detox, we provide you with the tools you need to stay on the path to sober living.
Why Is Being Socially Distant Hard for Sobriety?
One of the key components of staying in sobriety is being able to engage with other people. You need to feel that human connection because it often defines your ability to get help. When you are feeling good and achieving new goals, you want to celebrate with others. When you feel overwhelmed, and like your sobriety is at risk, you may feel it’s important to reach out to help. Social distancing makes that hard to do.
How to Maintain Your Sobriety and Stay Socially Distant
What can you do to balance these two? There are a few simple things you can start with, including:
- Connecting with loved ones using social media
- Utilizing video conferencing software to “see” people
- Spending time each day connecting with someone on a phone
The goal here is to keep communication open and ensure everyone can work together towards the common goal of maintaining sobriety.
When You Need Help, Get It
Another component of sobriety is being able to recognize when you need help. That occurs when your stress is high, or you have cravings. Even if you are thinking about using it again, it’s important to reach out. You can do this in a socially distant manner by calling your mentor for immediate help. Many locations have started utilizing recovery meetings again. They may have become more spaced out, and you may need to wear a mask. Yet, they are still there for you.
It’s also important to know when to reach out for professional help. At Compass Detox, we have acceptable social distancing in place to protect you and your therapists. You can still get the care you need. The key here is to be sure you can invest in this care as soon as you need it. Our team offers programs to help you avoid relapse and maintain sobriety, including:
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Medication-assisted treatment programs
- Wellness therapy and programs
- Detox recovery center
If you feel at risk for using now, call. Do not put your sobriety on the line for these risks.
Make the Most of Life Around You
While facing your sobriety on your own in a socially distant world may not be ideal, it may be possible for you to find more of the support you need. That includes working hand-in-hand with a professional that can be there for you. It also means doing things to engage yourself. For example, to maintain your sobriety, you can still stay busy – exercise, go for walks, and learn a new hobby. You can also work to write down your thoughts and ideas.
The more engaged you are with life, the more empowered your recovery can be for years to come.
You’re Not Alone – Reach Out to Compass Detox for the Support You Need
When it comes to being socially distant from family and friends, the process is hard for everyone, but it can be even more difficult for those working on sobriety. Social distancing does not have to limit your future success. You can get help when you feel you need it from Compass Detox. Reach out to us now online or call us at 800.263.3869 whenever you need help.