There is no doubt that our country, as well as the rest of the world, has undergone serious changes. We went from hearing a little bit of news about a new virus to states locking down due to a pandemic. As a result, we all have to figure out how to navigate our daily lives according to this "new normal." For those in addiction recovery, that poses challenges regarding staying sober during coronavirus. What Social Distancing Means for Staying Sober During Coronavirus The phrase "social distancing" is one you hear on the news, see on signs in stores, and are likely going to keep hearing for months to come. Its popularity is growing so much that, searching #socialdistancing on Twitter produces between 300 and 700 results per hour. What do these results mean when you are working toward staying sober during coronavirus? While there is still much research surrounding this virus, the general recommendations include social distancing by staying at least six feet apart from your peers. That poses significant challenges for those who are in recovery because in-person and face-to-face meetings are the backbones for staying sober. Not only does this cause frustration if you are new on your path to recovery, but those who are already in their journey and need continued support may also experience issues. Alternatives to In-Person Support Groups Staying sober during coronavirus requires some alternative approaches to attending in-person support groups. Due to social distancing measures, the majority of these recovery groups are temporarily closed. There are many telehealth options for 12 step therapy programs and other support groups. As a result, you can explore the following alternatives as a means of achieving or maintaining sobriety: \tAlcoholics Anonymous virtual support group meetings \tCocaine Anonymous online support services and group meetings \tMarijuana Anonymous virtual support services and meetings \tNarcotics Anonymous features Skype meetings and other online support services \tWe Connect Recovery has recovery group meetings daily for those suffering from co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness Besides support groups, telehealth options for the following therapies are available: \tCognitive-behavioral therapy \tEvidence-based therapy program \tIndividual, group, family therapy \tThe Daring Way therapy group Embracing Your Support Group Contacts Those who are working toward staying sober during coronavirus might feel like the quarantine is going to prevent them from staying in contact with their support groups. However, that is not the case. Remember that these individuals, as well as your friends and family, are a call, text, or video chat away. By making staying in contact a part of your daily routine, you have a better chance of maintaining your sobriety goals. Interacting with your support group does not always mean participating in face-to-face meetings. Having a virtual meeting is just as beneficial as if you do this while in-person. Because you might have a significant amount of extra time to fill during a lockdown or self-quarantine, filling those hours with conversations helps reduce or eliminate loneliness. Work on Your Personal Health While staying sober during coronavirus is a significant part of your wellness goals, there are other things that you can do to work on your personal health. That includes setting up a workout routine, as well as the following ideas: \tGoing for walks at least once daily: Walk throughout your neighborhood or drive to a location where there are walking trails \tParticipate in virtual workouts: Many gyms and fitness coaches throughout the country are streaming workout videos to help everyone stay in shape \tHit the trails: Aside from walking trails, many hiking trails are safe to explore and get a good workout in at \tGo bicycling: If you are already used to using stationary bikes at the gym, then this workout is an excellent idea to stay in shape and get some fresh air. If you are new to biking, then this is optimal for starting a new workout and exploring new bike paths Final Thoughts If you are worried about staying sober during coronavirus, you are not alone. Many others have this same concern and are taking proactive steps toward achieving or maintaining their recovery goals. No one should have to achieve these goals without the best support. Contact The Right Step DFW by calling to learn more about these support services and how we can help.