I know you have probably heard "Coronavirus this, and Coronavirus that" a million times, especially this past week as conditions are rapidly changing. Here is New Jersey, restaurants and bars are only open for take-out until 8PM; all nonessential businesses are closed at 8PM many people are working from home or even not at all with and without pay depending on their work; all students are schooling from home; all nonessential travel is discouraged; and the vast majority of self-help meetings and spiritual communities are closed. With all of the craziness in this world and social distancing, maintaining mental health/recovery can be difficult. Celebrity addiction interventionist Kristina Wandzilak addressed this issue today on her Facebook and Instagram stories. She said something along the lines of "Social distancing does not mean cutting off emotionally," and "This can be a dangerous neighborhood for those of us in recovery, especially those in the early days, when we are confined to our homes and meetings are closed." Even for those who have not been through addiction or codependency, a time like this can be detrimental to their mental health because they are left at home with their thoughts free to run wild in the past, future, and everywhere in-between. Here are some of the great suggestions I have received from different sources.
Bria Riley is a published author, recovering codependent and adult child of an alcoholic, who is active in several recovery programs. She knows the turmoil and heartbreak of growing up in an addiction-stricken family and wants to help others who have also been affected by addiction through her writing.