At Nova Recovery, we have devised several COVID-19 tips for individuals suffering from addictions.

Regardless of whether you are suffering from an addiction, or are in recovery, you can take advantage of our tips to alleviate the intensity of your addiction.

Our tips can also be employed to diminish the chances of relapsing.

If you are struggling with your addiction or recovery, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Our team is on hand 24 hours a day to ensure that you obtain the support you need when you need it.

 

Why Does COVID-19 Pose as A Risk for Individuals Suffering from Addictions?

Although the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the lives of millions across the world, it could be said that those suffering from addictions are worse off.

The unknown presented by COVID-19 has left many individuals feeling apprehensive about what the future may hold.

Not only does this have the potential to see those with addictions consuming a more significant amount of drugs or alcohol to relieve stress, but for those in recovery, COVID-19 could increase the likelihood of relapses, especially if professional support is not sought.

In addition to feeling somewhat anxious about what will happen in the near and far future, self-isolation is believed to be a trigger for those battling addictions.

This is because self-isolation increases loneliness and amplifies the repercussions of mental health conditions.

Unfortunately, increased bouts of loneliness and mental health conditions can cause an already present addiction to escalate.

 

Our COVID-19 Tips for Individuals Suffering from Addictions

Whether you are hoping to alleviate any negative thoughts you may be experiencing or wish to reduce the intensity of cravings you are facing, our COVID-19 tips for individuals suffering from addictions can help you.

 

  1. Talk to Your Friends and Family

If you are suffering from an addiction, we would encourage you to talk to your friends and family. While you may be hesitant to do so, we can guarantee that confiding in them will offer you a wealth of support that you may not previously have had.

 

  1. Confide in Your Support Group

If you have previously attended rehab, you may have a solid support group already in place. This support group is likely to consist of other individuals that attended rehab alongside you.

Even if you are self-isolating, we would encourage you to pick up the phone or arrange a video call with those that you feel able to confide in.

As touched on above, talking to those that you trust will provide you with a significant amount of support and will also help you maintain a long-term recovery.

 

  1. Take the Time to Enjoy Things That Give You Pleasure

As your addiction takes control of your thoughts, you may find it impossible to truly enjoy the little things in life.

However, taking the time to enjoy the things that give you pleasure will keep your mind occupied. This will distract you from the thoughts and feelings you are likely to be experiencing as your addiction intensifies.

At our residential rehab, we regularly encourage patients to take part in social activities and well-being therapies such as walking and even art. These forms of therapies have proven to be extremely beneficial for those in recovery.

From participating in an online fitness class to enjoying the fresh air, taking the time to enjoy the little things in life will boost your mental well-being. In turn, you will find that your substance cravings gradually diminish.

 

  1. Journal

If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions, you are not alone. At least 41% of the UK’s population has admitted to feeling more anxious than usual.

Stress, anxiety and heightened mental health disorders all contribute to an increase in addictions. Often, this is because individuals are hesitant to talk about how they feel, leaving problems and worries to build up over time.

If this resonates with you, we would highly recommend keeping a journal. This will enable you to put all of your thoughts and feelings onto paper.

In doing so, you will feel relieved of any pent-up emotions. In turn, the need to turn to substances to help you to relax will reduce.

 

  1. Take Advantage of Online Resources

Although meetings that would typically be conducted in person have had to move online, groups including Alcoholics Anonymous have continued to provide an outlet for those suffering from addictions throughout the last eight months.

Although participating in online recovery groups and taking advantage of online resources may not seem as beneficial or appealing, they can help mitigate any pessimistic thoughts, reduce the severity of addictions and prevent relapses from occurring.

In addition to the virtual support provided by recovery groups, there are a wealth of mobile applications that can assist those in need. Apps that we would recommend taking advantage of include I Am Sober, Sober Grid and Pocket Rehab.

 

  1. Contact Us

If you have taken advantage of the tips mentioned above and still feel unable to cope, we would encourage you to contact us. Our admissions team is on hand to listen to how you feel and help you navigate this somewhat testing time.

If rehabilitation is necessary, we will invite you to join us here at our residential rehab.

 

How Nova Recovery Can Help You

If your addiction has heightened over the last few months, we would urge you to reach out to us. Likewise, if you are worried about relapsing, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Although you may be apprehensive, at Nova Recovery, we remain open and able to provide those in need with residential rehabilitation treatment at our recovery centre in Scotland.

Regardless of whether you are suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, we can ensure that you overcome your addiction once and for all.

Simply call us today on 01475 303998.

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