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Recovery is changing. Addiction stays the same.

By Tim Woodley

COVID-19 has drastically altered the lives of everyone we share the world with. In the months ahead, the responsible thing to do is to isolate. We do this to save the lives of our loved ones and fellow citizens. 

It’s the right thing to do, and it’s the worst thing to have to ask of a person dependent on drugs and alcohol.  


Addiction is an isolator

The mind of a person with addictive tendencies, or dependent on a substance, is a nasty place to be. While many forms of addiction are rooted in physical dependency, the reality of being an addict involves a mind that is in turmoil. Self-hate and loathing combine with resentment, anger, guilt and more to create a toxic cocktail that does one thing: feeds the addiction and keeps it alive. 

Isolation makes this easy. When you’re connected to other people, your interactions with them give you a grounding in the real world. It builds and maintains a healthier perspective of yourself and makes you less likely to fall into neglect and self-abuse, sometimes simply because you know people will see it if you do.

The mind of an addict doesn’t ever stop. The jury of their minds hands out judgement most minutes of every day, reinforcing their negative narratives and turning them towards destructive behaviours that will, for a moment, make them feel better – be it drink, drugs, gaming, sex or any number of alternatives. When these things can be done in privacy, it’s even easier to fall into abusing them. 

 

Break isolation. Break addiction.

Maintaining and building connections with loved ones, friends and peers is perhaps one of the most powerful things anyone struggling with addiction can do. If addiction thrives in darkness, recovery succeeds in the light that is shone upon you by the friendship and support of others. 

From peers in a rehabilitation programme who know the struggle you’re going through to a phone call from your family or a close friend, simple contact with a person in any form can act as the catalyst that helps you to break your destructive patterns of behaviour.

You may be surprised at how little it takes to create a surge of motivation within you. Whether introvert or extrovert, any person suffering from the disease of addiction will find strength and success in the support of others. This is a disease that does everything it can to keep you isolated, and appreciating this simple fact is profoundly important in your battle against it.


Alone? Self-isolating? You can still recover.

Services across the globe are changing in the face of COVID-19, and the essential service of rehabilitation is no exception. Just as a person can access a therapist digitally if they can’t meet in person, so too can you access intensive rehabilitation programmes online as we weather the storm of this global pandemic. 

Here’s what we’re providing. 

Four weeks of intensive, online-based rehabilitation with complementary recovery services for families and aftercare. Group and 1:1 sessions four times a week with therapists who have experienced addiction personally, using a combination of the 12-step approach and proven modern methods including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This isn’t a career for the Help Me Stop team; it’s our vocation. It’s what we’re here to do in the world, and we’re proud to offer it during this difficult time for us all.


Talk to the team 

We appreciate that you may want to start things off with a simple conversation with the team here at Help Me Stop. You may be interested in our Digital Dayhab programme, or you may simply want to have a human interaction with someone who understands what it’s like to struggle with addiction. 

At no obligation, you’re always free to get in touch. Call us on 0208 191 8920 whenever you have the need or use our contact form

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