Recovery in the Time of Coronavirus on the Suncoast

When all you hear and read is, “Keep 6 feet away from others,” “Stay inside,” Stay home,” etc. etc. etc. it can really start to get you upset. For people who are also dealing with an addiction it can be even worse. I know this won’t last forever but a recovering addict lives “one day at a time” and that feels like forever.

I am a 64-year-old recovering alcoholic/addict that has been clean and sober for ten years. When I got clean, it was a long process that involved two treatment facilities, one short-term (28 days) and one long-term (14 months). My continuing recovery is also dependent on my being involved with a twelve-step group that has meetings on a daily basis.

I can only imagine how much harder it must be for an active alcoholic/addict to get into recovery under the restrictions consequent to the Coronavirus epidemic. The only way to get into short-term treatment is through the hospitals and very few alcoholic/addicts have insurance. I imagine the process to get into long-term treatment is even more arduous.There are still some twelve-step groups that are continuing to meet, but many of them have shut down as a result of the COV19 epidemic.

I know how hard it is for an alcoholic/addict to change their life and find recovery and today’s world does make it worse. The good news is that it is still possible if one has the determination to find what help is available. If a person is honestly seeking recovery, I would suggest a visit to the local hospital where one can access social services or find one of the twelve-step meetings that is still open. This can be done by going online where most of the information on meetings is current and where one can also find phone numbers. Here is a website that may help.

The important thing to remember is that recovery is possible even in these trying times.

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2020-04-01