Let’s be honest…working from home during the pandemic is probably driving you crazy. Maybe it was hard enough for you to stay focused at work in the office, but add in taking care of kids, work interruptions, and other at home responsibilities, and you’ve definitely got a lot on your plate. With the lines between work and your home life blurred, maybe your typical happy hour has made its way into the coffee cup you’re drinking on your Zoom call. Working from home has more than likely increased many people’s substance abuse, adding to their mix of problems already caused by it. If you’re struggling with addiction and working from home, here are a few tips to help keep you sober:
Meditation as a Coping Mechanism
If you’ve never tried to meditate, it may sound a little cheesy, but meditation really does help to relieve triggers throughout the day. Next time something stressful happens, take a 10 minute break from your computer and try some breathing exercises. Maybe you typically use substances as your main coping mechanism, but if you take a step back in that stressful moment and use a different coping strategy like meditation, you’d be surprised at how it can help your .
Don’t even know where to start when it comes to meditation? Here are just a few resources you can use for guided meditations. Each meditation may be a different length of time, so start by picking out a few 10 minute guided meditations for those trigger times at work.
Recovery Support Groups While Stuck at Home
Addiction can be lonely and exhausting. At Transformations Care, we understand because we’ve been there too! It can be even more lonely when you’re spending all day working from home and lacking the typical socialization you’d get if not in quarantine. Another way you can help yourself is by joining support group meetings. It’s a great outlet to use and a place to get advice from those who were once in your shoes.
On your lunch break while working from home, you can easily join in a meeting on your computer without having to go anywhere. Even if you don’t feel like like sharing details about your struggles during the meeting, start by just listening to others. Try it — there’s nothing to lose. Support groups are a great coping mechanism, so instead of hitting up your dealer when you just can’t deal with work and life at that moment, join a meeting. Best part is, there’s pretty much at least one meeting at each hour of the day. Try out some of these meetings below, or give us a call to help you find one that will work for you.
Support Group Meetings:
Working From Home & Residential Addiction Treatment
The best way you can help your substance abuse while working from home is to seek addiction treatment. You’re legally allowed to take up to 12 weeks off work if for substance abuse treatment. Plus, in most cases, if you take it upon yourself to let your work know you need time off for it, they are legally not allowed to fire you. If you’re unsure about approaching your HR about your addiction, you can instead talk to your EAP or Employee Assistance Program. For more resources on taking a leave of absence, check out our blog post, HERE.
Residential addiction treatment is a 30-90 day program in which you stay under professional care. At Transformations Care, our residential addiction treatment facility is tucked away in a private and quiet cul-de-sac, where you can take a break to focus on yourself. You’ll return to work ready to thrive — even if working from home. We’re dedicated to not only getting you clean and sober, but putting in the work to make sure you stay clean and sober after addiction treatment. Our clinicians use a dual-diagnosis approach to treat both the addiction and the underlying trauma causing it. If you’re over letting your addiction rule your life, give us a call at 424.339.0965 to finally make a change for the better.
Getting Clean & Sober at Home
Today, more than 75% of hospitals and healthcare providers offer access to telehealth treatment, with 29 states having gone so far as to enact telehealth parity laws, which force insurance companies to reimburse patients for telehealth at the same rates as they would for in-person treatment.
If you’ve been thinking about getting clean and sober, or if you’ve been wanting to work on and strengthen the recovery you already have, it’s never been easier to do it through telehealth.