24 Mar Staying connected in recovery (in the midst of a global pandemic)
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There are many things we can do in recovery that help us stay clean over the long haul, and perhaps one of the most crucial is staying connected with others who support our journey. This, of course, includes family and friends, but it also means staying close to others in recovery.
Right now is a very interesting time in history. Across the world, the majority of us are being forced to isolate and if we’re in recovery, isolation can be dangerous territory. Our saving grace through this pandemic, however, has been the internet (and maybe yoga, ice cream, Netflix, and finger paints).
Chances are, you’re well aware that there’s a nasty little virus called Covid-19 that’s making its way across the planet. It’s been a strange new normal for most of us, but we’re all doing our part, collectively, to stay safe and healthy. That being said, one of the things that’s been extra special about what’s going on is the fact that in many ways, we seem to be more connected than ever before on a global scale. The world is starting to wake up to the fact that we can’t perpetually live our lives in a bubble–force people into isolation against their will and they’ll realize just how much we need each other. Strangers in Italy are dancing on their balconies and tossing condiments to one another. People are singing virtual duets over Zoom. And, in general, the population seems to be spreading hope across the internet.
If you’re in recovery and you’ve been tempted to let the spread of a virus keep you from connecting with others, just take a cue from the rest of the world. Yes, self-isolation is critical right now, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t connect. Another human in recovery is just a phone call away, and most major cities are starting to host virtual recovery meetings via Zoom as well. There’s also Intherooms.com for twelve-step meetings or similar, and SMART Recovery has an online community, too.
It took a little while longer for things to kick into high gear over here in Bali than it has in other parts of the world, but businesses are officially beginning to close until further notice, and we’re all doing our part to stay safe and healthy. It’s been a tremendously important time for self-reflection, and our recovery community remains very strong here on the island.
If the state of our planet right now has you feeling anxious or depressed, please make sure you’re keeping a lifeline open with your sober fellows. It’s the best thing you can do, and know that this too shall pass. We’re all in this together and we’re here for each other right now. And Mother Earth is simultaneously going through what’s arguably a much-needed cleanse. The air and the oceans are cleaner than they’ve been in a very long time, and people are getting back to what matters most—connecting with the people they love. What could be better?
Kembali Recovery Center is here for you
If you or someone you love is struggling to get sober or to stay clean, Kembali Recovery Center can help. Please reach out for more information on our Inpatient Treatment program as well as our Recovery and Beyond Program. In addition, we’re here to address any current concerns or Covid-19 updates regarding closures and social distancing policies. Contact us today.