Maintaining Recovery During Quarantine

Hi! My name is Lin Chun and I am the Assistant Director for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Education at the Student Support and Advocacy Center at GMU. I am 8 years in long-term recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. What does that mean? Long-term Recovery is an acceptable term to identify those with an addiction of some sort. Please review the image below for more guidelines on language in the recovery world.

Guidelines on language in the recovery world.

As you know, it is a difficult time for everyone right now but I wanted to reach out to my fellow individuals in recovery through this post. Whether you are in recovery, an ally, or simply wanting to learn more; I hope this post helps in some way.

For those in recovery:

1.Make sure you keep your routine!

Find in some way to keep yourself on a schedule. An addict with too much time on their hands is a dangerous thing. Personally, I have made sure to stick with my workout routine at home and plan out my day to keep my mind busy. 

2. Attend virtual online support group meetings

It is important now more than ever to stay connected to your recovery community and reach out to your sponsor. For more details please visit our website.

3. Check out these free e-books about recovery

4. Reduce social media and news time

Let’s face it, social media and the news during this time is anxiety and stress inducing. Try to at least take a break for an hour a day or remove news notifications from your phone during this time.

5. Start a new hobby

6. Practice mindfulness and meditation

7. Listen to recovery podcasts like Tragedy to Triumph

8. Don’t know where to start? Please email us at ssac@gmu.edu, we’ll set a time to chat without judgement

9. Keep in mind that there is no better time than now to embrace the saying “one day at a time

For Allies:

1.Be aware

There are a lot of posts of people using substances as a comedic relief from their stress about the COVID-19 concerns. Please do not create this content. While it can be funny, do not share these videos or images with those in recovery.

2. Reach out

It is difficult for anyone to admit that they’re struggling. If you feel that someone needs support (regardless of the concern) please reach out to them. They will appreciate it!

3. Attend Al-Anon meetings

There are virtual Al-Anon meetings that support individuals who are supporting or connected to individuals in recovery or have a substance use disorder. To see this resource, refer to our website.

4. Remember to take care of yourself

It is amazing that you want to support your friend/family member, but do not forget that your mental and physical health is important too!

Lin

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