Isolation is often a habit people with addiction issues turn to as a way to avoid dealing with life. It’s one thing to spend time on our own in a peaceful way, but often for those in active addiction or even in recovery, it’s a default behaviour that can be harmful.
For those who are still actively abusing substances, isolating may be a method to avoid confrontations with friends or family and to be able to partake without interference. For those who have mental health issues, it’s can also be dangerous.
With enforced isolation such as what many of those in recovery are facing because of COVID-19, awareness about when we are slipping back into old, unhealthy patterns and behaviours is critical.
Knowing what our triggers are or what our behavioural pattern is can be the first step to ensuring we don’t head down a slippery path. Although we don’t have the same ability to connect face to face with others currently, doesn’t mean we should go it alone.
Staying in touch with others by telephone or in socially distant ways including virtual gatherings or 12 Step meetings, can mean the difference between continued recovery and a relapse. Sharing your feelings and talking it through with others will help you to stay sober and clean.
It can be difficult to reach out for help but remember, there is support only a phone call away. Facing this alone is not a healthy approach. Reach out and connect with someone.