The stress of living during a pandemic has been especially difficult for those who struggle with alcohol addiction. COVID-19 created the perfect storm, contributing to anxiety, depression, and social isolation — all of which make remaining resolute in the decision to stay sober very difficult. Fortunately, technology has allowed people to stay in touch while also providing a means for getting the mental health treatment they need.
With vaccinations now being distributed, there is finally a light at the end of the long, dark tunnel. Soon, the world will be back to enjoying being social with coworkers, friends, and family in ways that don’t require the use of a computer or telephone. But, how does the return to normalcy affect those who are struggling to stay sober? In today’s blog, we’re going to explore some of the challenges those with an addiction may face and how to overcome them. If you’d like to learn more or are searching for addiction counseling in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, or the surrounding area, please don’t hesitate to contact Blair Wellness Group.
Be Aware of the New Triggers
Staying sober during COVID-19 has been a constant struggle many over the past year. Social distancing mandates that shuttered restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, concert venues, and even places of worship left many to find other forms of entertainment or solace in their own homes. Now that social distancing restrictions are starting to lift, people who have been yearning for fun and social interaction over the last year will certainly want to take advantage of this new freedom.
That means there will likely be more social gatherings, parties, dinners, and other events that will be planned that you will want to go to. While engaging in your social support system is important for mental health, you may find that you’re instantly surrounded by more temptation to relax, have fun, and let loose.
The key to remaining steadfast in your recovery journey is to be aware of and prepared for what is to come. Reunite with the people who support your recovery in an environment that doesn’t put you in the path of temptation. Establish boundaries with the people and the situations that might trigger you. Although it may be a time of celebration, staying true to yourself and your goals will give you even more to be happy about.
Remember How Far You’ve Come
Life hasn’t been easy for anyone — especially in the last 12 months. Whether your journey toward sobriety has been long or short, celebrate where you are right now. No one is perfect, and perhaps the pandemic has been especially difficult for you, but consider this a time of new beginnings and hope that can bring you one step closer to living a life filled with joy and fulfillment.
Recovery is a lifelong process that is unique for everyone. It doesn’t end just because the pandemic is over. You will still have good days and bad, and struggles to overcome, but focusing on how far you’ve come will encourage you to want to continue on your journey.
Continue With Addiction Counseling
Once the pandemic is over, you might feel as though a weight has been lifted off of you and that you no longer have to rely on your old patterns of behavior to cope. Although these feelings are encouraging, remember that addiction isn’t just about coping — it’s a brain disease that requires treatment and ongoing treatment to overcome. Remain on your path to health and happiness by continuing (or starting) addiction counseling.
If you’re looking for a psychologist who can provide you with effective addiction counseling in Los Angeles or the surrounding area, contact Blair Wellness Group at 310.999.4996 to schedule an appointment.