What most people won’t know is for an addict being locked up in your home with just yourself is like having someone torture you, and never let you go. You have nothing but your thoughts to contend with, and you have probably already exhausted all other options to divert your attention.
All the mandatory box sets watched. Tick.
All the recorded shows recorded, and watched. Tick
Fixed things that were bothering you. Tick
Clean the house. Tick tick tick
All of this gives you one thing as well, more time with yourself. We have found a significant increase in domestic violence and addiction use. We have government supplied funds, time, and a lack of things to do. So, what’s the alternative?
Since you’ve been locked down by a virus, you can’t get angry at anything from your frustration. How do you make the virus pay for your suffering? How do you get compensation from the virus whilst you wallow in the depths of despair? You find other outlets to vent those frustrations. Your partner is a good one, he/ she does things that annoy you. They do it all the time now, because they’re there ALL the time now.
So, how do we get a handle on things whilst in lock-down? First thing we need to do is drop the pride, and reach out to others telling them we are struggling. We need to be the people that others can reach out to, without condemnation, judgement, or personal opinion. We need to listen, and those reaching out need to be heard.
At Recovered 4 Life (R4L) we have started up many different forms of communication with our guys. We use Zoom on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays for a chat and some learning. We use Zoom to expand who we speak to in the UK, US, and Ghana. We have Facebook, Instagram (Same thing really), WhatsApp, Skype, LinkedIn, YouTube, text and phone calls. This still is just a drop in the ocean as far as what is needed.
Be the answer to the question: “Who will be there when I need them?”
Are you the answer or another question?
R4L has a drop in meeting for those suffering with addiction on Zoom at 10AM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and the link.