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Sobriety And Social Distancing

These past few weeks, we’ve written quite a few blogs about people in treatment programs and how they’re dealing with COVID-19 (or the coronavirus). But, in our opinion, it is also important to support those who are living with sobriety. With the panic, isolation and depressing news stories coming out of the media, it could certainly be easy to relapse during a time like this. Which is why we’re glad a variety of high-profile blogging sites are addressing the issue and offering firsthand perspectives from those who are recovery alumni.


The site Refinery 29 deserves a special mention in this category. One of the most popular blogging destinations on the web, it published a notable piece from author Sarah Levy on how she is coping with alcohol temptations during the age of the coronavirus. Nearly three years sober, Levy openly admits that is not easy to remain clean at a time like this. Dealing with the “stir crazy” element of being home alone has been particularly hard for her (and, we imagine, for many others).


Levy offers an honest, heartfelt perspective, which we’re sure many people are struggling with right now.


“In the past few weeks, we’ve all been instructed to stay inside, postpone social gatherings and isolate ourselves,” she wrote. “That advice is the exact opposite of what I’ve learned to do to support my recovery. In sobriety, I built a nourishing life for myself filled with meaningful relationships, exercise, travel, and work. But for the foreseeable future, I won’t be getting on a plane, going to yoga, or having coffee with mentors or friends. The world is on pause, and for the first time in my recovery, I have been thinking about drinking.”


She obviously makes a good point. Part of the sobriety process includes a support network, distractions and human interaction. Unfortunately, none of that is as accessible right now. But, Levy offers hope and support for people with similar feelings.


As we’ve mentioned before in our blogs, the virtual world can help ease some of these anxiety issues. Levy shared how teleconference calls have helped soothe her relapse fears. Her recommendation was to use the Zoom App and continue regular chats with your alumni and sobriety network. She also highlighted journaling and walks outside as a way to de-stress during these uncertain times. And, of course, Valley Recovery Center is here for you too. Our team is continually available and eager to chat if you’re finding sobriety particularly challenging right now.