The Coronavirus and Recovery – Staying Connected While We’re Apart

Whether you’re new to recovery or a veteran, you’re no doubt experiencing some withdrawal from lack of human interaction. Some people may not realize it, but community and human interaction are two of the most powerful aspects of successful alcohol and drug recovery.

Why is interaction so important to our recovery?

Remember the days of being addicted or drunk, and purposely isolating? Isolation is common for drug and alcohol users who are trying to keep their addictions a secret, and prevent others from judging them. It’s only after joining some type of group recovery and experiencing good therapy that we realizing just how important it is that we stay connected to others.

We’re Not So Different Than One Another

Did you ever have that lightbulb moment in group recover when you realized you and your problems weren’t quite so unique? That other people are dealing with the same or very similar issues that drove you and them to use drugs? This is typically the moment when people realize that group recovery is a huge blessing. Don’t get me wrong, Suboxone and private therapy are key to recovery, too. Yet, it takes a combination of things to get real, lifelong sobriety.

Group recovery is also the place we get to see people who are recovering, are happy, and are dealing with their issues using a new set of tools that helps the avoid using and relapse. People who are now living a happy, balanced, seemingly normal life. That’s what the phrase, “I want what they have” means.

What Do We Do With the Coronavirus Keeping Us Separated?

Online meetings have become the rage in since the first week of March 2020. Many AA ad NA groups have switched entirely to online meetings, while others are directing their people to new and existing online meetings. Making virtual recovery easier than ever before, there are multiple directories that list meetings of all types from all over the world. Just last week I attended an AA meeting hosted in Ireland. It was a total blast! They were as intrigued with my accent as I was their’s. (How cool is that!?!)

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What About Therapy?

Even therapy can be done using video calling tools. Here at Nashville recovery we’ve empowered all of our medical and therapy staff by giving them tablets to use, allowing them to continue private therapy sessions with our clients as often as needed. So far, clients are loving our virtual therapy and some even say it’s made getting therapy possible for the first time. What’s really interesting is that we’re now seeing more clients take advantage of our free weekly therapy since they can do it from most anywhere. Some clients are doing 15-20 minute virtual therapy sessions while eating lunch, while others will sit outside and get some fresh air during their therapy.

There’s No Need to Suffer – Take Advantage of the Video Technology

Whether you’re a client at Nashville Recovery or not, I encourage you to take advantage of virtual group recovery and virtual private therapy. No, it’s not perfect, but it’s better than relapsing or feeling like hell during the coronavirus pandemic.

If your current addiction treatment center isn’t offering weekly virtual therapy appointments, I welcome you to try Nashville Recovery. Weekly-private therapy is provided to all patients at no additional charge (a $300 value, free to all current clients).

Our staff is second to none when it comes to making people feel good about their recovery and great about their life. Come experience the difference.

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Wishing everyone the very best during this crazy time,

Drew Bourke – Managing Partner at Nashville Recovery

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