For me, it has been disheartening to witness the relapse rate during this pandemic. In just a few weeks, COVID-19 completely changed the landscape of 12-step meetings and recovery support networks. Isolation, stress and fear have been some of the major reasons why people are struggling to maintain their sobriety. Being able to interact with like-minded people who share similar issues is possibly one of the most beneficial aspects of recovery. When people in recovery are isolated, they often revert back to their own ways of dealing with the uncertainty of life. Fortunately, with the help of technology, many alcoholics and addicts have found a new way to attend recovery meetings or chat with fellow recovering individuals online. People are now able to connect with like-minded people anytime of day. Staying sober during social isolation is more than possible, just need a shift of perspective, some encouragement and the right tools.
I thought this article below will be useful to those looking for ways to stay sober through these trying times. I hope that it will help.
Article: Psychology Today by Constance Scharff Ph.D