Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on June 9, 2020.
We live in a strange time. Who would have predicted a year ago that countless Americans would be stuck in their houses because of stay-at-home orders? There are many unknowns, and for those who struggle with addiction, you may be tempted to turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with the uncertainty. Here are a few things you can do while stuck at home to support your mental health.
Stress is a natural reaction. Whether it's fear about your own safety or the safety of your friends and loved ones, you're bound to experience a certain amount of trepidation. Don't be too hard on yourself if you're feeling heightened stress and anxiety. Stress is normal, as long as it doesn't start impacting your mental and physical health.
While stress is normal, there reaches a point where it can become harmful to your mental, emotional and physical health. When that happens, don't ignore it and hope it goes away. Coping with stress in a healthy way is vital to your sobriety. Here are some signs that your anxiety has reached unhealthy levels:
From social media to Youtube to the nightly news, every screen in your home is undoubtedly filled with reports about the latest developments. Hearing bad news can be unsettling and impact your mental health. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, turn off the news and focus on other things.
Remember that you are not the only one suffering. Helping others cope is a great way to cope with your own stress. While you may be stuck at home, there's still a lot you can do, such as:
While eating out at your favorite restaurant or planning a vacation may not be possible, there are a lot of things you can enjoy around the house:
Turning to drugs or alcohol is not uncommon during emotionally charged times. Don't let substances rob you of your health and freedom. If you find that you're struggling with addiction during stay-at-home orders, help is available. Diamond House Detox in Northern California provides individualized treatment to break the cycle of addiction and address any mental health factors impacting your recovery.
Contact our compassionate team to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.