As the pandemic wages on, addiction numbers are climbing. The effects of the pandemic are not only causing many young people to develop drug and alcohol dependencies, but also challenging the sobriety of those who have been sober for months or even years. Perhaps the biggest threat is feeling that there is no end in sight — or worse, that there is no safe or effective way to get help.
Since the start of the pandemic, many rehab facilities have had to tighten their normal measures and adjust their protocols. This has caused a great deal of stress for both the facilities and their staff. Still, you cannot put your addiction on hold — when it is time to seek help, you need to come to terms that a rehab facility will be your best option. Though you may be leery of entering one, staying in isolation could be far worse. While the traditional methods of getting sober may be a bit different right now, there are still options and plenty of people who are willing to help you.
Your Thoughts and Behaviors
Addiction and relapse present themselves when you are not thinking rationally. Irrational thoughts lead to irrational behaviors and begin to validate the negative thoughts. If you are someone who has succumbed to negative thoughts before, then having these thoughts again could intensify your triggers, your stress, and your response. You might think that picking up a six-pack or finding drugs will help take the edge off, but you know that this release is only temporary.
When you begin to have these thoughts, it is time to reach out to a therapist, friend, or family member who you can trust. Let them know your fears and anxieties and open yourself up to give them the opportunity to help you. You might find that their encouragement is enough to reset your focus and keep you accountable to stay on track. Something as simple as sharing your fears with a loved one may be enough to keep you from having that drink or using that drug.
Seek Help When Needed, Even Now
If your fears and stresses become too much and you find yourself making a mistake (and then another mistake) until your addiction has returned, you need to understand that you can no longer go it alone. You might need to consider rehab treatment again. You may wonder if facilities are even open to helping you — and if so, what safety measures they are using to prevent you from becoming ill with the virus. You likely feel trapped and overwhelmed, but you are not.
Recovery is Essential
Rehab centers are considered essential businesses — therefore, they are still open. Most organizations and their staff are taking measures to ensure that their centers are virus-free by regularly testing staff and patients for the virus. In addition, they test potential patients for the virus — meaning you.
They also offer 24/7 supervision and have adapted their treatment to make sure everyone is maintaining a safe distance as much as possible, and should have an adequate supply of cleaners, sanitizers, masks, and gloves on hand.
You can further educate yourselves on the measures you will need to take before entering a rehab facility. See if the hours of the facility have changed and how or if insurance has changed. Try to understand to the best of your ability every measure that the facility is taking, so that you can enter with less stress and focus on getting better. Ask a friend or a family member to help you research your options.
Detox can stir up a lot of fear in you, especially if you have been down this road before. You realize that getting sober this time is going to be that much harder. Still, despite everything that is happening, detox is your best option. However, it is not recommended that you try to detox from home.
This is because most try to quit cold turkey — they might stop using for a couple of days or a week, but the risk of a worse relapse is much greater. Some try to taper off of their addiction. This too can be effective, but only to a point, because you are regularly using and always at risk for using more.
Detox is most effective when there is supervision, so if you are trying to detox at home during quarantine, you lose the extra support and monitoring that comes from being on-site at a facility. In fact, trying to detox from home without supervision can pose a greater risk to your health than the virus itself.
You run the risk of harming yourself and others by making careless decisions to not practice safety. Trying to detox at home could also lead to more damaging substance abuse, causing negative and lasting effects on your mental health because you are trying to face the worst of your addiction alone.
Deciding to get treatment is never an easy decision. But be honest with yourself — do you believe that you cannot control your addiction? If so, then you need help, and rehab will provide you with the treatment that you need. You might feel nervous about entering rehab amid the pandemic. But when you research their protocol for safety and consider how at-risk you are, it should become clear that a rehab facility is the safest place for you to get sober. With regular screenings of staff and patients, you are likely safer there than you would be at home.
If you find yourself in the throes of addiction and it’s getting harder each day to stay sober, the time to get help is now. You might think that you can put off your addiction treatment until it’s the right time for you, but that time is today. True Recovery offers 24/7 help in finding the care you need. We believe in alternative care and will provide you with the information and reassurance you need when beginning a new chapter in your recovery. Do not wait. To learn more, call us today at (866)-399-6528.