A common saying is that the opposite of addiction is connection, which makes this an extra scary time for sober people. In order to take care of each other, we need to stay away from each other. That is hard. As a person in recovery myself, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t having a difficult time. But I’ve been trying to see this as a time to be creative—both about how we connect, and how we take care of ourselves. For instance, I plan to set up a FaceTime board game night with some friends. I’ve heard of people live-texting while watching movies, and even multiple musicians doing concerts online. Many AA meetings are taking to online platforms as well. We have more tools to connect with each other remotely than ever before, and people are using them. There is a downside to this. We are bombarded with information. This not only makes it difficult to know what is correct; hearing about it constantly can be distressing. I have tried as much as I can to limit the amount of time I spend a day reading about COVID-19. It might also be a good idea to stick to only a few sources you trust. Distraction is often thought of as a negative thing, but right now it feels useful. When I’m not working, I’ve been trying to focus on healthy activities I enjoy like running outside, FaceTiming with friends and family, practicing drums, reading. Now is a good time to prioritize hobbies and healthy habits. Sometimes the situation can be too distressing to have the motivation, though. I get it. When I need to completely turn off my brain, I do the most comforting thing I can imagine: watch The Golden Girls. (I know the Golden Girls isn’t for everyone. I don’t understand it, but I will accept it. Adjust as needed for whichever show, movie, video game, song etc. feels comforting to you.) The main thing I am keeping in mind is that as unbearable as things can feel, they will feel much worse if I drink or use. Anyone who has gone through getting sober knows they are strong and can get through this. As isolated as you may feel right now, you are not alone. If you are struggling with an addiction or mental health disorder and need to stay at home, there is hope. Amatus Recovery Centers is now offering telehealth services to get you the treatment you need during this time. We will give you the tools you need to cope, and help you build towards long-term recovery. Call an admissions specialist today at 410-593-0005.