Living with substance use disorder is challenging even in the best of times. In 2020, it just might be harder than ever. From the Stay-At-Home orders, to dealing with unemployment, or not being able to see loved ones, everyone has been affected by COVID-19 and the rapidly changing world around us. Anxiety, hopelessness, and fear are running wild. If you’ve struggled to cope to the point that you’ve relapsed, you don’t have to give up on your recovery. Here’s how to get help again.
With our lives and routines disrupted, many triggers may be enhanced during this time. The structure of going to the office every day may have been removed. Maybe you’ve even lost your job altogether. With time and space to do it, your desire to use may have inched its way back into your head. If you have relapsed for these reasons, don’t waste time beating yourself up about it before you focus on getting help. Negative thoughts can keep you in the dark hole you have fought so hard to get out of in the past. Instead of using your relapse as an excuse to give up on recovery, use it as an inspiration to find recovery again.
Then, reach out to someone for help. Fear and shame can be barriers to getting help again at this stage. Maybe you’ve been secretly using or drinking at home alone. You even might have been going to 12 Step meetings and talking about your recovery while carrying the secret of your relapse. You may be embarrassed to admit it to your sober peers. You may even not want to admit it to yourself. Denial is one of the strongest aspects of addiction.
Remember that there is no shame in reaching out for help. Sobriety is something that needs to be worked at every day and you can’t get support and assistance if you don’t ask for it honestly. You even can reach out to a treatment center to talk if you’re not ready to talk about it to family, friends and coworkers. You can chat our team anonymously right her on this website, or call to find out if detox or residential treatment might be a good next step.
If you decide to face your relapse head on and go into treatment again, it’s imperative to find the right treatment center for you. Don’t waste your chances at recovery by going to the wrong program. Look for a treatment center that creates a customized care plan and doesn’t just treat you like a number. Make sure your rehab employs licensed clinicians that are truly passionate about recovery and will help get you to where you want to be. Look for staff members who’ve been through it, and will help you get through it too. (Like our team at Transformations Care!)
Above all, don’t put it off. Your problem is not going to solve itself on its own. You have to make a plan to get help as soon as you can. Ask yourself: How far are you going to let yourself head toward rock bottom before you get help again? The hard truth is that you need support, and if you look for it honestly, you will find it. Someday, you might even be able to offer it to someone else in need.
Give us a call today and one of our experienced professionals can help you find the right treatment plan, so you can get back the recovery that you’ve worked so hard for.
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.
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